Field Hockey falls to Providence in “Play4TheCure” game

Sam DaCosta

Quinnipiac field hockey hosted the Providence College Friars in its “Play4TheCure” game on Sunday afternoon at the QU Field Hockey Turf Complex. Providence downed Quinnipiac 3-2, making the Bobcats’ record 4-9 on the season.

Quinnipiac head coach Becca Main thought the team’s performance was “lackluster.”

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“I was really disappointed in the first half in terms of getting things going and finishing,” Main said. “I thought we had some control of the game in the beginning. At halftime we talked about playing not to lose and kind of stepping up the game and communicating and we really did not respond well in the second half.”

All of the scoring occurred in the second half of Sunday’s contest. Providence scored twice on corners.

The first goal came off a corner scored by Abby Thornton, assisted by Emma Mackie at 43:17.

Quinnipiac answered quickly with a rebound goal scored by Felicia Costanzo at 47:12, assisted by Michelle Federico.

Providence regained the lead with its second goal on a corner, this time scored by Adrienne Houle and assisted by Kelsey Mendell at 64:49. Houle would find the back of the net once again at 64:49 giving Providence a much-needed insurance goal.

“I thought Providence owned the second half,” Main said. “They did a great job with their low defensive style, they double-teamed us, and they really forced a lot of turnovers. It got very aggressive. Big East hockey is very physical and strong and we got to experience that in the second half.”

Savanna Reilly’s goal, assisted by Dayna Barlow, brought Quininipiac within one goal of Providence in the final minute at 69:28. Time ran out on the Bobcats’ comeback hopes, however, giving the Friars a 3-2 victory.

Main thought her team looked tired after having played Bryant to a 4-1 win on Friday.

“I think we’re going to have to adjust a little bit of our schedule this week moving into two MAAC games next weekend,” Main said.” “Making sure the performance on Sunday is equal to the performance on Friday.”

After the game, Main talked about the university’s annual “Play4TheCure” game – which helps raise awareness for cancer.

“The Play4TheCure game is something we’ve been doing for almost a decade,” Main said. “Each year we have the opportunity to work with a different school that will step up and do this with us, so we’re grateful to Providence for participating with us today.”

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