Just two days after their solid season-opening victory over UMass, Syracuse was ready to face Providence on the road yesterday. The Friars had just come off of a 2-1 win over Marist themselves. Senior Courtney Maguire scored the game-winning goal, breaking the 1-1 tie.
Last season, Providence had a 9-8-2 overall record and a 5-4-0 record against Big East opponents, good for fifth place in the conference. Forward Catherine Zimmerman, now a senior, led the team with 11 goals and five assists for a total of 27 points. Her 11 goals amounted to a little over half of the entire team total (20). Four Friars scored two goals in 2014, most notably current junior Rachel Ugolik who also had three assists for seven points. Minding the net, current junior Kristyn Shea started all 19 games for Providence, allowing 22 goals and saving 72 for a 1.14 goals-against average and .766 save percentage, including six shutouts.
Zimmerman also earned a spot on the All-Big East First team, NSCAA All-Northeast Second Team, and NSCAA All-New England Second team for her outstanding play on the field. Christina Klaum and Rachel Morrier were named to the Big East All-Rookie Team to round-out the individual season-ending awards. As a whole, the Friars were selected as a recipient of the NSCAA Team Academic Award for their overall 3.19 GPA for the 2013-14 season.
The Orange were up for a test.
During the entirety of the first half, neither team could find the back of the net. Syracuse saw several chances, but was not able to capitalize on any of them. Catherine Zimmerman broke the scoreless tie in the 58th minute on an assist from Madison Doherty. More chances for the Orange and Friars arose, but Providence ended the game with the lone goal for their second win of the season and sending Syracuse home with their first loss.
- Catherine Zimmerman: 1 goal
- Kristyn Shea: 4 saves, 0 goals allowed
- Courtney Brosnan: 2 saves
Syracuse will be back in-action on Friday for their first home game when they face St. John's (2-0-0). The Orange look to get back in the win column then.