Women’s Soccer Hosts UMass Lowell

Sept. 15, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College women’s soccer team will play the University of Massachusetts Lowell on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. The match is the third of a four-game homestand in Providence, R.I. The Friars have claimed victories in its last three matches against Brown (3-1), Arkansas (4-3) and St. Joseph’s (3-0). In Providence's most recent win, three different Friars tallied goals including Theresa Durkee (Salem, Conn.), Kristin Hayman (Redmond, Wash.) and Christina Rodgers (Scotch Plains, N.J.).

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2017 Season Records…
Providence 4-4-0 | UMass Lowell 3-1-3

Series History Against UMass Lowell… Sunday’s game will be the inaugural game during the fall season between the two teams.

Scouting the River Hawks… UMass Lowell has recorded a program-best start to the season since joining America East in 2013 with a 3-1-3 record over six games. The River Hawks most recently captured a victory over BIG EAST opponent Seton Hall (3-1) on Thursday, Sept. 14 in Lowell, Mass. Two other wins came over the New Jersey Institute of Technology (2-1) and Sacred Heart (1-0).

The team has registered 90 shots on the season for a 0.067 shot percentage.

Players to Watch… Former Friar Rachel Morrier leads the River Hawk’s attack with nine points on four goals and one assist. Morrier is followed in points by Andrea Morrow (4), Kristin Birgisdottir (1) and Shannon Groffie (1).

Scouting the Friars… The Friars return to Chapey Field 3-0 over the team’s last three matches. The Friars post a 4-4-0 record with three of the team’s four wins claimed since Sept. 7.

In the victory over St. Joseph’s on Thursday night, underclassmen notched two of the teams three goals on the night. R-Sophomore Theresa Durkee registered in the 12th minute followed by senior Kristin Hayman (Redmond, Wash.) at 39:09 and freshman Christina Rodgers (Scotch Plains, N.J.) at 64:55.

Defining Win over Arkansas… In the Friars match against Arkansas, four different Friars tallied goals including Juliana Pellegrini (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kayla Steeves (Needham, Mass.), Ann McConnon (Springfield, Pa.) and Christina Klaum (Rockville Centre, N.Y.). 

Players to Watch… Juliana Pellegrini (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) leads the Friars with five points on two goals and one assist. Twelve other Friars have recorded points on the season including Katie Day (East Kingston, N.H.) (4), Ann McConnon (Springfield, Pa.) (3), Christina Klaum (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) (3), Kayla Steeves (Neeham, Mass.) (3), Hailee Duserick (Canton, Mass.) (2), Alessandra Arace (Pittsfield, Mass.) (2), Kristin Hayman (Redmond, Wash.) (2), Christina Rodgers (Scotch Plains, N.J.) (2), Theresa Durkee (Salem, Conn.) (2), Amber Birchwell (Mastic, N.Y.) (1), Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.) (1) and Camille Murphy (Seattle, Wash.) (1).

BIG EAST Accolades…
(Sept. 11): Katie Day (East Kingston, N.H.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after helping the Friars to a 2-0 weekend over Brown (3-1) and Arkansas (4-3). Day tallied four points on the weekend on one goal and two assists. 

Friars in 2016 … Providence finished the 2016 season 11-7-2 overall and a 5-3-1 mark in BIG EAST Conference play. The Friars tied two ranked opponents including then-No. 10 Rutgers (1-1) and then-No. 6 Georgetown (0-0). Three Friars earned All-BIG EAST recognition, Kristyn Shea (Piscataway, N.J.), Hannah Wear (South Salem, N.Y.) and Kathryn Hiller (Dartmouth, Mass.) were each named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. The achievement marked the second time in program history that three women’s soccer players nabbed All-BIG EAST honors during a single season.

Friars Picked No. 5 in the BIG EAST Coaches Poll … The BIG EAST Conference announced its 2017 Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Thursday, Aug. 10. The Friars were picked to finish fifth among ten BIG EAST schools following No. 4 St. John’s, No. 3 Marquette, No. 2 DePaul and No. 1 Georgetown.

In 2016, Providence earned its third-consecutive post season berth after its second straight double-digit win season. Junior 
Casey Estey (Kensington, N.H.) returns as the Friars top-scorer with two goals and six assists on the 2016 season.

Newcomers … The Friars welcome seven new members to the women’s soccer program for the 2017 season. Incoming players include 
Amber Birchwell (Mastic, N.Y.), Julia Gray (Owings, Md.), Hannah McConnon (Springfield, Pa.), Hannah McNulty (Warwick, R.I.), Camille Murphy (Seattle, Wash.), Christina Rodgers (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and Tina Thorsen (Spring, Texas).

Up Next… The Friars will open BIG EAST play in Providence, R.I. on Saturday, Sept. 23 against Villanova for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff.







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