By Meaghan Cahill ’20
A week before their season kicks off, the Providence College Field Hockey Team is already proving that they are a force to be reckoned with.
In the Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the team was picked to finish third overall in the Big East. On top of that, players Corinne Kenney ’19RS and Mary O’Reilly ’20 were selected to be a part of the 14-player Preseason All-Big East Team, a team put together by the eight league coaches which features standout players from each of the Big East teams.
Kenney, who started as a defender in all 19 games of the Friars’ 11-8 2018 season, finished out her senior year with a career high of five assists. She was also named to the All-Big East First Team and National Field Hockey Coaches Association Divisions I All-Northeast Region First Team and earned a spot in the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Senior Game.
Alongside Kenney, O’Reilly also started in all 19 games. The mid-fielder registered a career best of 10 points last season and was voted to join the roster of the Big East Field Hockey All-Tournament Team, the All-Big East, and NFHCA Division I All-Northeast Region Second Teams.
On top of having Kenney and O’Reilly returning to their roster, the field hockey team will be able to rely on many of their veteran players this upcoming season, with 14 returning players on the roster. Five players were recognized as All-Big East First or Second Team members, something that Allyson Parker ’20 claims is “crucial” to the team’s predicted success this season.
However, while a veteran roster will definitely help lead the team to a strong, standout season, Parker believes that the players’ overall determination will be the one thing that will set them apart from others in the Big East.
The Friars are using last season’s Big East semifinal knockout by Liberty University to fuel their desire to have a winning season this year. The Friars have not surpassed the semifinals in Big East Tournament play the past two seasons and did not even make the tournament during their 2016 run.
“We are sick of getting to the same place every year. We want to win the ring this year,” said Parker, who led the team in goals and game-winning goals last season.
With both a highly accomplished veteran roster and the determination to make it past the semifinal round of Big East play, the Providence College Field Hockey Team is poised to complete the best fall season on campus this year.