By Liza Sisk ’19
The Providence College Women’s Field Hockey Team is powering through to the end of the season. On Friday, October 26, they will play their last regular season game against Liberty University at home. Then they break until Nov. 2 when they will head down to Lynchburg, Virginia to the Big East Tournament. The Friars are currently sitting with an 11-6 record on the season, and are 4-2 in conference play. Izzy Mendez ’20 is leading the team with seven goals. Allyson Parker ’20 is leading the team in points with 17. These are comprised of six goals and five assists. Goalkeeper Lydia Rice ’19 is tough in the goal with a 0.744 save percentage, 11 wins, and five losses in her 16 games played this season.
The Friars clinched their playoff berth in a tight game against Georgetown University on Friday, October 19, in Washington, D.C., the game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation play when overtime commenced. After two scoreless overtime periods, the Friars and the Hoyas took to the stroke mark to begin a shootout. The grit of the Friars was shown through spectacular goaltending and quick, accurate shots. The Friars walked away with a 3-0 win in the shootout, earning them not only the win over Georgetown, but also a berth into the post-season. Rice protected the net for the Friars, and Maddie Babineau ’21, Amanda Collins ’22 and Mary O’Reilly ’20 scored the three shootout goals. O’Reilly ’20 set the tone for the game with the sole regulation time goal of the game, her fourth of the season.
After the victory, O’Reilly was recognized for her part in catalyzing the success of the Friars by being named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. She received this acknowledgement on Oct. 22. It is the first time this season and the third time in her collegiate career that she received the honor. O’Reilly is making her mark this season with a collegiate career high of 10 points thus far. The points are tallied from her four goals and two assists. In her career she boasts an impressive 22 points on seven goals and eight assists.
The success of the Friars this season is a product of tradition, hard work, and leadership. This year the Friars are led by Kari Moyer ’19, Corinne Kenney ’19, Maura Ingraham ’19, and Rice. Kenney has been selected to play in the 2018 Victory Sports Tour/NFHCA Division I Senior Game. 38 student athletes were selected this year to compete amongst their peers while representing their home university. The game is scheduled to take place at the University of Louisville’s Trager Stadium on Nov. 16.
The Friars look to be contending in the Big East Tournament. Liberty University, University of Connecticut, and Providence College are holding three of the four spots. The last will be determined this week.