PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team will conclude its regular-season schedule with a pair of home games against BIG EAST foe Old Dominion and non-conference opponent Penn. The Friars and Monarchs will square off on Friday, Oct. 27 at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. The match will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go, and is scheduled to begin at 2:05 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 29, the Friars will welcome the Quakers for a 12:00 p.m. match at Lennon Family Field. Prior to the game, Providence will honor its senior class (Megan Guilbert, Megan Hamilton, Allie Lancaster and Abby Thornton) in a brief ceremony.
SCOUTING PROVIDENCE (10-6, 4-2 BIG EAST): The Providence College field hockey team enters the final weekend of regular-season action with a 10-6 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the BIG EAST. The team is coming off of a 3-0 loss to league foe Liberty in its most recent game on Oct. 20. Prior to the loss, the Friars had earned victories in four of their previous five games. Providence has played six opponents this season are currently ranked in the national poll, or have spent time in the poll at one time during the season. The Friars are 1-5 in those games, with the lone win coming against then-No. 24 Maine, 1-0.
Four Friars have cracked double digits in the points column this season, led by freshman Manon van Weezel (Waalre, Holland), who has 13 points on four goals and a team-best five assists. Sophomores Mikayla Michals (Needham, Mass.) and Izzy Mendez (Cedar Grove, N.J.) check in with 12 and 11 points, respectively, and are tied for the team lead in goals, with five each. Junior Natalie Mitchell (East Norriton, Pa.) rounds out the double-digit scorers with 11 points on four goals and three assists.
Providence has a balanced attack this season. Thirteen players on the roster have scored at least one point, including 11 players who have scored at least one goal. Additionally, 62 of the Friars’ 88 points on the season have been scored by underclassmen (freshmen or sophomores), accounting for a combined total of 22 goals and 18 assists.
In goal, senior Megan Guilbert (Morganville, N.J.) has played 1,094 minutes in the cage. She owns a 1.92 goals against average and a 0.709 save percentage. In the Friars’ most recent game against Liberty, junior Lydia Rice (Carle Place, N.Y.) made her collegiate debut in goal, finishing off the final 30 minutes of the game. She held the Flames scoreless during her time in the cage, and collected three saves.
RECENT HISTORY BETWEEN PROVIDENCE AND OLD DOMINION: ODU holds a 5-1 all-time record vs. Providence College. The Friars won the most recent meeting between the two teams, 1-0, in overtime on Oct 28, 2016 in Norfolk, Va. Current sophomore Mary O’Reilly (Longmeadow, Mass.) tallied the game-winning goal for Providence 9:44 into overtime. The Monarchs held a 21-10 advantage in shots during the match (8-4 SOG), including a 4-1 edge during overtime. ODU also led in penalty corners, 10-8.
SCOUTING OLD DOMINION (7-8, 4-2 BIG EAST): The Old Dominion field hockey team enters the weekend with a 7-8 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in the BIG EAST. The Monarchs’ strength of schedule (SOS) is ranked 13th in the nation, and the team has posted a 1-6 mark against nationally-ranked opponents. Three of those six losses were decided by one goal.
Five Monarchs have cracked double digits in the points column, led by Erin Huffman’s 21 points on 10 goals and one assist. Danielle Grega has recorded 15 points on five goals and five assists. Alexa Ostoich (14 points), Julia Van Dorsten (12 points) and Cameran Nery-Strickland (10 points) round out the list of the double-digit scorers. Nery-Strickland leads the team with 10 assists.
Kealsie Robles has played 697 minutes in the cage and owns a 4-6 record. She has registered a 2.71 goals against average and a 0.682 save percentage. Lacey Frazier has logged 411 minutes and is 3-2 overall, to go along with a 2.21 goals against average and a 0.618 save percentage.
SCOUTING PENN (8-6): Penn enters the weekend with an 8-6 overall record and will face Ivy League foe Brown on Saturday, Oct. 28 prior to facing Providence. The Quakers are 2-4 this season against nationally-ranked opponents and are coming off of a 3-2 victory against No. 10 Syracuse in their most recent game on Oct. 22. Penn has won four of its last five games, including each of its last three.
Alexa Hoover leads the Quakers with 22 points on nine goals and seven assists. Four of her nine goals have been game winners. Gina Guccione also owns double digits in the points column (13) with six goals and one assist. Alexa Schneck has tallied nine points on four goals and one assist.
Liz Mata and Ava Rosati have split action in the cage this season. Mata has logged 547 minutes and owns a 4-4 overall record to go along with a 1.67 goals against average and a 0.717 save percentage. Rosati is 4-2 on the season and has played 415 minutes in goal. She has registered a 2.02 goals against average and a 0.647 save percentage. The duo has combined for four shut-out victories with each goalkeeper posting two clean sheets.
WHAT’S NEXT: Looking ahead to the 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship, presented by Jeep, two teams have secured a spot in the four-team tournament field prior to this weekend. Connecticut, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, has clinched the BIG EAST regular season title and will enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed, while Liberty also secured a spot in the semifinals. Providence College is one of three teams looking to fill the remaining two spots in the field, along with Old Dominion and Quinnipiac.
The final tournament field will be revealed on Friday, Oct. 27, which is the last scheduled date for BIG EAST regular-season play. Top-seeded Connecticut (6-0) will face Quinnipiac (3-3) at 3:00 p.m. in Hamden, Conn. Liberty, Old Dominion and Providence head into their last regular-season matches in a three-way tie for second place in the standings, with identical 4-2 conference records. Providence will host ODU at 2:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I. and Liberty will head to Temple (0-6) for a 5:00 p.m. match in Philadelphia, Pa.
Providence College will serve as host of the tournament. The semifinals are scheduled for Nov. 3 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The winner of each semifinal will advance to the championship game on Nov. 5 at 1:00 p.m.
2017 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY • HONORS / AWARDS:
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct .2)
2017 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Senior Game (alternate)
Preseason All-BIG EAST
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 4)
2017 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Senior Game (alternate)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 25)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 18)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 9)
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 16)
Synapse Sports Week Honor Roll (Oct. 17)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Aug. 28)
Manon van Weezel
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Sept. 4, Sept. 18, Oct. 16)
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