The Providence College field hockey team will host BIG EAST foe Georgetown on Friday, Sept. 24 at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I.
Providence College vs. Georgetown
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SCOUTING PROVIDENCE (4-4, 0-1 BIG EAST):
• Providence enters the weekend with a 4-4 record, including a 0-1 mark in BIG EAST play.
• The Friars are 4-0 at home, but have gone winless on the road (0-4).
• Three of the Friars’ four losses have come against opponents either currently ranked in the national poll (No. 14 Harvard and No. 20 Monmouth), or were previously ranked (Maine).
• Midfielder Lisa McNamara (Barre, Vt.) and forward Niamh Gowing (Dublin, Ireland) are tied for the team lead in scoring with 11 points each. McNamara has two goals and a team-best seven assists, while Gowing has notched four goals and three assists.
• McNamara leads the BIG EAST in assists per game (0.88) and ranks eighth in the nation among NCAA Division I players.
• Forward Olivia Ward (Havelock North, New Zealand) is third on the team in scoring with eight points on four goals.
• Asia Porter ranks third among NCAA Division I goalkeepers in saves per game (8.14) and 25th in save percentage (0.760).
• Offensively, 10 different players on the roster have recorded a goal or an assist in the Friars’ first eight games.
• Junior Nora Goddard-Despot (North Vancouver, British Columbia) was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Goddard-Despot recently returned from Santiago, Chile, where she competed for Canada at the 2021 Junior Pan American Championships (Aug. 21-29). The Canadians won the gold medal. After missing the Friars’ first two games, she made her 2021 season debut with the Friars against Maine and Harvard.
• Fourteen of the 24 players on the Friars’ roster are first and second-year players, who are in the midst of their first full fall season of collegiate field hockey.
• The remainder of the roster consists of two graduate students, three seniors and five juniors.
• Providence College was picked to finish fifth in the 2021 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll (20 points), sitting just ahead of Villanova in sixth (22 points).
• The Friars have qualified for 10 of the last 15 BIG EAST Tournaments. In the spring, the Friars fell short of tournament qualification, snapping a streak of four-consecutive appearances.
• Providence has earned victories in each of the last eight meetings against Georgetown, including a 2-0 victory in the most recent match-up during the 2019 season.
• Three of the last four meetings have been decided by a single goal, including two games that went to overtime. Both of those overtime games were played in Washington, D.C.
• Providence and Georgetown did not compete against one another during the 2020-21 academic year.
SCOUTING GEORGETOWN (3-4, 0-1 BIG EAST):
• The Hoyas enter the weekend with a 3-4 overall record and an 0-1 mark in BIG EAST play.
• In their lone conference game to this point, they suffered a 5-1 loss to No. 12 Liberty on Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C.
• Ali Cronin leads Georgetown in scoring with eight points on two goals and a team-high four assists.
• Sydney Stephenson and Emma Street are tied with Cronin for the team lead in goals (two). Stephenson is second on the team in points (six), while Street checks in at fourth place, with four points.
• Five players on the roster have scored at least one goal for the Hoyas.
• Ciara Weets has played all 437 minutes in the cage for Georgetown and owns a 1.78 goals against average and a 0.759 save percentage.
• Two of her three victories on the year have been shutouts vs. Sacred Heart (1-0) and Lock Haven (1-0, OT).
• Providence will hit the road for a non-conference match against No. 22 UMass on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 1:00 p.m.