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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SET TO HOST BIG EAST TOURNAMENT... The BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship, presented by Jeep, will be hosted by Providence College. All three games of the tournament will be played at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. The semifinals are slated for Nov. 3 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The championship game is set for Nov. 5 at 1:00 p.m. Providence College also hosted the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship in 2009 and 2014.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE TO FACE TOP-SEEDED AND TOP-RANKED CONNECTICUT IN BIG EAST SEMIFINALS... The Providence College field hockey team enters the 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship presented by Jeep as the No. 4 seed. The Friars will face top-seeded and top-ranked Connecticut on Nov. 3 at 1:00 p.m. in the first semifinal game of the afternoon. No. 2 seed Liberty and No. 3 seed Old Dominion will square off in the second semifinal of the afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK... Each tournament game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sport Go. Download the FOX Sports Go app on your mobile device or tablet to watch. The games also may be viewed on desktop or laptop computers via the internet at http://www.FOXSportsGo.com. The app is not supported internationally, however, those watching outside the United States may watch the games via the internet (http://www.FOXSportsGo.com).
ALL-TIME AT THE BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP... The Friars are making their 17th appearance all-time at the BIG EAST Championship, and eighth all-time under the direction of Head Coach Diane Madl. The Friars’ 17 appearances are third-most by an institution (accounting for current and past membership). The program has posted a 9-15 all-time record at the championship, winning the tournament title in 1989 and 1991, and finishing runner-up five times (1990, 1996, 2000, 2006, 2007).
SENIOR CLASS... The Friars’ senior class, comprised of Megan Hamilton, Megan Guilbert, Allie Lancaster and Abby Thornton, has led Providence to three BIG EAST Tournament appearances during their tenure with the program. The 2015 season is the only campaign the team failed to qualify. Last year, the Friars fell to Liberty, 1-0, in the semifinals. In 2014, Providence dropped a 3-1 decision to Connecticut.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE VS. RANKED TEAMS... The Friars are 1-3 this season vs. nationally-ranked teams. The Friars’ lone victory came against then-No. 24 Maine, 1-0, on Aug. 25. Providence’s losses to ranked foes came at the hands of No. 14 Northwestern (4-0) on Aug. 29, No. 8 Boston College (4-0) on Sept. 10 and No. 1 Connecticut (2-0) on Sept. 29.
FRIARS IN OVERTIME... The Friars are 0-1 this season in overtime games. Providence fell to regional-foe Northeastern, 2-1, in overtime on Sept. 8. A season ago (2016), Providence tied the program’s single season record for overtime matches, with seven. Providence posted a 5-2 record in OT games, including a 4-0 mark vs. BIG EAST opponents.
PROVIDENCE VS. THE TOURNAMENT FIELD... The Providence College field hockey team is 0-3 vs. the 2017 BIG EAST Tournament field. The Friars fell to No. 1 Connecticut, 2-0, on Sept. 29. Providence held the Huskies scoreless until the 57th minute of play, and yielded a second goal with 49-seconds remaining in regulation. On Oct. 20, the Friars dropped a 3-0 decision to Liberty and followed with a 2-0 loss to Old Dominion on Oct. 27.
MANON VAN WEEZEL NAMED FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR... Defender Manon van Weezel was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and also was a unanimous selection on the All-BIG EAST First Team. Van Weezel started all 18 games for the Friars at left-back as a rookie and also is a part of the team’s offensive and defensive corner units. She is just the second freshman in program history to earn All-BIG EAST First-Team accolades, joining former All-American and two-time BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year, Rachel Chamberlain ‘10. She also is the second player in program history to earn BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, as former All-American Paula Wagoner ‘98 was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year at the conclusion of the 1997 season. Only three players in program history have been recognized with major post-season BIG EAST awards, and include Cathy Guden ‘94 (Player of the Year - 1993), Paula Wagoner ‘98 (Offensive Player of the Year - 1997; Rookie of the Year - 1994) and Rachel Chamberlain ‘10 (Goalkeeper of the Year - 2006, 2007). Van Weezel led the Friars in scoring during the regular season with 13 points on four goals and a team-best five assists. Two of her four goals were game winners, including the winning tally to defeat BIG EAST foe Georgetown, 4-3, on Oct. 13. Van Weezel also leads the team in defensive saves, with two. During the regular season, van Weezel earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors three times (Sept. 4, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16).
MEGAN HAMILTON EARNS A UNANIMOUS SELECTION TO THE ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM... Senior midfielder Megan Hamilton was a unanimous selection on the All-BIG EAST First Team. Hamilton earned All-BIG EAST First-Team honors for the second-consecutive season (2016, 2017), and previously had been named to the Second Team in 2014 and 2015. She is one of just three players in program history to earn All-BIG EAST recognition all four years of her career, joining Rachel Chamberlain ‘10 and Henni Tietze ‘15. Additionally, she is the 12th player in program history to earn First-Team accolades in multiple season. She started 17 games for the Friars in the midfield this season and collected six points on three goals. Hamilton also registered one defensive save for the Friars. She enters the weekend ranked 17th all-time on Providence College’s career scoring list with 65 points on 27 goals and 11 assists. Her 27 goals are tied for 14th all-time and her 11 assists are tied for 32nd all-time in program history. Hamilton was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Sept. 4. She also has been selected as an alternate for the 2017 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Senior Game, which will be played later this month.
MEGAN GUILBERT AND CORINNE KENNEY TAKE HOME ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM HONORS... Guilbert earned All-BIG EAST honors for the second-straight season, having previously been named the First Team in 2016. She has logged 1,999 minutes in goal this season and owns a 1.87 goals against average and a 0.714 save percentage. Guilbert posted three shut-out victories on the year, including her first against a nationally-ranked opponent when the Friars defeated then-No. 24 Maine, 1-0, on Aug. 25. She ranks second among BIG EAST goalkeepers in goals against average (1.87). Guilbert has earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll accolades a team-best three times (Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2). She also was selected to play in the 2017 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Senior Game. Kenney had an impressive year for the Friars after missing all of last season with an injury, and earned All-BIG EAST honors for the first time in her career as a member of the Second Team. In addition to her role as Providence’s center-back, she also plays a key role in the Friars’ offensive and defensive corner units. She tallied one point this season with an assist in the Friars’ 3-2 victory over cross-city rival Brown on Sept. 2. For her career, she has tallied five points on two goals and one assist.
PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST SELECTIONS... Senior midfielder Megan Hamilton was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team prior to the start of the 2017 campaign. Sophomore defender Floor Rozemeijer also was selected to the team, but returned to Holland to attend medical school after the Friars’ season opener vs. Maine.
IN-SEASON WEEKLY AWARDS... Eight different Friars earned BIG EAST Weekly Honors during the 2017 regular-season a total of 12 times. Freshman defender Manon van Weezel and sophomore midfielder Mary O’Reilly were the only Friars to earn major weekly awards. O’Reilly was tabbed BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 16, while van Weezel was selected as BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on three different occasions (Sept. 4, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16). Senior goalkeeper Megan Guilbert was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll a team-best three times.
GUILBERT AND HAMILTON NAMED TO NFHCA SENIOR GAME... Megan Guilbert was selected to play in the 2017 Victory Tours/NFHCA Division I senior game, while fellow senior Megan Hamilton was chosen as an alternate for the event. The NFHCA announced its list of 38 participants and 12 alternates on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The senior game will be held on Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. It is scheduled to be played following the semifinals of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship, which is slated for Nov. 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
UNDERCLASSMEN MAKING BIG IMPACT... The Friars’ 22-player roster is comprised of 13 underclassmen, including eight sophomores. Of those 13 underclassmen, eight have made at least one appearance in the starting line-up. Additionally, the underclassmen have accounted for 62 of the Friars’ 90 points this season with a combined 22 goals and 18 assists.
GAME-WINNING GOALS... Six different Friars have tallied at least one game-winning goal this season, led by sophomore Izzy Mendez (three). Manon van Weezel, Natalie Mitchell and Allie Lancaster each own two game-winning goals this year.
HAMILTON IN THE ALL-TIME RANKINGS... Senior midfielder Megan Hamilton enters the weekend ranked 17th all-time on Providence College’s career scoring list with 65 points on 27 goals and 11 assists. Her 27 goals are tied for 14th all-time and her 11 assists are tied for 32nd all-time in program history
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