PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown field hockey team (3-8) returns home this afternoon for a cross-town match-up against the Providence College Friars (7-6) at 4:00pm. The Bears enter the non-conference contest looking to break a two-game losing streak, as they were defeated by Maine and, most recently, #3 Princeton. On Saturday, the Tigers played dominantly from start to finish despite impressive play from the Bears, scoring the game-winning goal six minutes into play. Sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) recorded 15 saves on the afternoon.
Fans who can't make the trip to Providence for the mid-week game can still follow all of the action online. Live video ($) and live stats (free) will be available through the field hockey schedule on Brown's website.
Brown vs Providence
Series Record: Providence, 19-9-2 (first meeting – 1982)
Last Brown Win: 2-1 (2010)
Last Princeton Win: 3-2, ot (2011)
About Brown: While nine different Bears have contributed to scoring this season, three underclassmen lead the way with the majority of the team's points. Sophomore Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, MA) has scored ten points on five goals, and freshman Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, CA) has tallied the same amount on four goals and two assists. Sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) rounds out the trio with nine points (3g, 3a). Freshman Alexis Miller (Caldwell, NJ) and junior Charlotte Small (Summit, NJ) have also netted two goals apiece. Shannon McSweeney has played all eleven games in goal, making 105 saves for a GAA of 3.27 and a save percentage of .745. Five of the Bears' eight losses have been by only one goal, as many of their games have been tightly-contested, hard-fought match-ups.
Last time vs. Providence: Tied at the end of regulation play, Providence scored at 10:29 into the first overtime to triumph over Brown, 3-2. The Bears were first on the board, as Clayton Christus '15 netted her third goal of the year less than 90 seconds into the game. The Friars responded by scoring on their first two penalty corners, with Hillary Anderson registering their first goal and Henni Tietze following suit eleven minutes later. Brown tied the score less than five minutes into the second, as Bridget McNamara '12 tallied her second goal of the season. The two teams battled into overtime, where Steph Gugliemo broke the tie for the Friars' win. Shannon McSweeny '15 made six saves in the game, while Providence goalkeepers Shannon DiStefano and Kathi Weidman combined for six stops.
About Providence: The Friars enter Tuesday's contest in the midst of a two-game winning streak, having defeated Vermont, 4-2, on October 8th, and Villanova, 1-0, on October 13th. Caitlin Malone leads the team with 22 points (8g, 6a), and is followed by Steph Guglielmo (6g, 4a) and Henni Tietze (6g, 4a), each with sixteen points. Kaleigh FitzPatrick rounds out Providence's leading scorers with thirteen points, on three goals and seven assists. Kathi Weidman has started eleven of thirteen games, tallying 57 saves for a GAA of 2.12 and a save percentage of .712.
Up Next: The Bears remain at home for their next two contests, taking on Ivy League foe Cornell at 12:00pm on Saturday, October 20th and returning to action the following day in a non-conference game against Rutgers, also at 12:00pm.