Aug. 14, 2012
PROVIDENCE R.I. - The Providence College women's soccer team opens up its 2012 season with a trip to Boston College on Friday, August 17 at 7:00pm. The Friars will return to Providence for their 2012 season home opener on Sunday, August 19 for an afternoon showdown versus Army at 1:00pm at Glay Field.
The Friars, recently picked to finish fourth in the BIG EAST preseason poll, are coming off of a successful 2011 campaign where they finished with a record of 8-9-4. The Friars earned a spot in the 2011 BIG EAST tournament with a conference record of 5-6-0, and reached the conference quarterfinals with a victory over Rutgers. Providence was eventually eliminated by Louisville.
The Friars return 12 letter winners to the roster and are welcome 12 newcomers. The offense will be led by senior Laura DiClemente (Blue Bell, Pa.) who finished the 2011 campaign as the Friars leading scorer with 21 points on nine goals and three assists. DiClemente will be joined by fellow senior Mary Vercollone (Pembroke, Mass.) who tallied eight points last season.
Senior Jenna Roncarati (Cumberland R.I.) will serve as the anchor of the Friars' defense. Roncarati started all 21 of the Friars' games last season and was named to All-BIG EAST Third Team.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE: Boston College has already competed in one exhibition game this season on August 10 vs. Massachusetts. The Eagles are coming off of a 12-6-3 campaign and are returning 20 players from last years roster. Among the 20 returners is senior Kristen Mewis who led the 2011 squad in total points with 22. She tallied eight goals and six assists on the season. Mewis is joined by Gibby Wagner and Victoria DiMartino each of whom also registered double digit points last season with 14 and 13, respectively. BC was picked to finish sixth in the ACC preseason poll.
SCOUTING ARMY: The Black Knights will have already played in three exhibition games prior to arriving in Providence. Army's roster is compiled of 18 returning players and 10 newcomers. The Black Knights finished the 2011 season with a record of 12-4-5, with 11 of the 12 victories being shutouts. The leading scorer for the Black Kights in 2011 was Kim An, with 21 points. Joey Molacheck tallied 12 points. Army will need to replace last years goalkeeper, Monica Lee, who finished the 2011 season with 15 shutouts.
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