Field hockey scores with one rule second to defeat Quinnipiac

HAMDEN, CONN. – The Providence College field hockey team claimed a 1-0 victory over BIG EAST foe Quinnipiac on April 3, as Sophie Pompeo deflected the ball into the back of the net one second from the end of regulation time. The game was set up by the speed of Niamh Gowing, who carried the ball to the right side of the pitch and into the circle as time passed. She sent the ball to the mouth of the goal, where Pompeo converted, with a second to lose.

Marlies kool took a corner for the Friars with 7:09 left in the first quarter, giving Providence the first scoring opportunity of the game. However, an offer on the cage by Amanda collins was cleared by the Bobcats goaltender.
• Providence kept up the offensive pressure, putting two more shots on target in the next few minutes.
• Kool took another corner for the Friars with two seconds left, but Collins’ shot from the top of the circle was out of the cage.
• The Friars led in shots (4-0), shots on goal (3-0) and corners (2-0) in the first 15 minutes.

• Quinnipiac generated two corners in the first three minutes of the second quarter, but both attempts were rejected by the Friars’ defense.
• Just over 21 minutes into the game, Providence got their first offensive corner of the second quarter, but Gowing’s shot attempt was hailed loudly.
• Gowing had two more quality chances on the cage over the next few minutes, but the Quinnipiac goaltender was able to save both shots.
• The two teams were tied without a goal at half-time (0-0).
• In the first 30 minutes, Providence led in shots (7-1), shots on goal (5-1) and penalty corners (3-2).

• Quinnipiac got a penalty corner with 7:13 remaining in the third, in which the Bobcats saw the goal well but were blocked by a defender from Friar.
• At 42 minutes, Kool and Marley Mailloux each attempted back-to-back fire. The first was saved by the goalkeeper, and the second was blocked by a defender.
• Providence requested a video review of the game, which ultimately resulted in a penalty corner for the Friars, with 2:49 left in the third quarter.
• Gowing’s pass to the right post was widely deflected by a defender and Olivia ward could have a shot on possession that followed, but missed out.
• Providence scored their second corner corner and fifth of the game with 48 seconds left, and Collins hit the post with his shot.
• The Friars scored another penalty corner on play and Gowing’s attempt was deflected off the crossbar and out of play.
• The game went scoreless until the last quarter.

• Providence got another great scoring opportunity with 7:19 left as Pompeo deflected a Gowing pass for a corner. But Quinnipiac held firm on the goal line.
• With less than five minutes to go, Providence got a green card and Pompeo was sent off for two minutes.
• Quinnipiac used his advantage to put the pressure offensively, resulting in two attempts to shoot.
Asian carrier makes a big save on a backhand attempt by Julianna Cappello, and the Brothers regain possession.
• The Friars got a penalty corner after carrying the ball into the circle, but Nora Goddard-Despote the deflection is up and above the crossbar.
• Providence won the game with a second to go on the clock as Gowing used her speed down the right side and into the circle, where she sent the ball to Pompeo for the deflection at the right post.

• The winner of the match scored Pompeo’s first career goal.
• Porter made two saves in goal for Providence, marking his first shutout and his first career victory overall.
• Providence dominated the game, leading Quinnipiac in shots (17-6), shots on goal (8-2) and penalty corners (9-4).

• Providence will return to action with a pair of games against Connecticut next weekend. The Friars will host the Huskies on Friday, April 9 at 5:00 p.m. in Providence, RI, and travel to Storrs, Connecticut for a game at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 11.
• The Brothers’ home game on Friday will serve as the senior program day, and the team will honor its three seniors: Olivia ward, Maddie Babineau and Sydney cramer.


Catherine J. Martinez