PROVIDENCE, RI – The visiting Providence College Friars (8-6) scored just 1:13 into the game and went on to earn a 4-1 victory over the Brown field hockey team (3-9) on Tuesday afternoon at the Bears' field hockey field.
Providence opened the scoring when Steph Guglielmo picked up the rebound of a shot by Daniella Bernasconi and fired it past sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) for her seventh goal of the year.
Henni Tietze made it 2-0 in favor of the Friars 16 minutes later, scoring on another rebound. On a penalty corner in the 18th minute of play, Tietze's shot from the top of the circle was blocked by a Brown defender. However, the rebound went right back to Tietze, who shot to the far corner from the left side to give her team a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
The Bears got on the board at 54:12 when freshman Alexis Miller (Caldwell, NJ) collected the ball from junior Kelsey Grossman (Shavertown, PA) and fired the ball to the right corner of the cage for her third of the season.
However, that was as close as the Bears would get, as Providence answered with two goals over the next five minutes to go ahead, 4-1. Caitlin Malone gave the Friars a 3-1 lead at 56:38 when she beat McSweeney on a reverse from the top of the circle and then Hillary Anderson scored after a scramble in front at 59:01 to account for the 4-1 margin of victory.
For the game, Providence held a 21-9 advantage in shots, including a 16-5 lead in shots on goal. Both teams earned five penalty corners.
McSweeney finished with 10 saves, while Grossman and sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) both recorded a defensive save. Providence's Kathi Weidman made four saves for the Friars.
In the midst of a three-game home-stand, Brown returns to action this weekend when it hosts a Saturday-Sunday double header against Cornell (Saturday) and Rutgers (Sunday). Both games begin at 12:00 noon.