Sept. 1, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Freshman Meg Ryan collected four goals and two assists in only her second collegiate game, as Villanova dominated Siena to post a 10-0 victory for the Wildcats' first win of the 2007 season. With the help of six other Wildcats, Villanova steadily extended their lead throughout the game while holding the visiting Saints to only one shot and a single penalty corner for the day.
Ryan, a forward from Wayne, Pa., wasted little time getting the `Cats on the scoreboard, as she scored three of Villanova's first four goals of the game. Senior Stephanie Campbell generated the initial attack by lifting the ball from the backfield onto the stick of sophomore forward Jenn Nazarethian. Nazarethian then slipped the ball over to Ryan who beat Siena goalkeeper Jennifer Tesak to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. A mere 20 seconds later, Campbell fired a shot on goal that Ryan collected off of Tesak's pads to find the back of the cage and extend the lead to two. Senior Catherine Somits chipped in on Ryan's third goal of the first half as she sailed a shot from the left side of the goal that Ryan was able to redirect past Tesak. Freshman Lauren Wuzzardo and junior Sam Coveleski also added goals for the Wildcats by ripping straight shots from the top of the circle off of penalty corners.
With a 5-0 lead heading into the second half, the Wildcats continued their offensive momentum to double their total score by the final whistle. In the first 10 minutes of play, Villanova collected two goals on redirected shots. Junior Allison Boris got her stick on the ball right before it reached Siena goalkeeper Sara Rizzo, who subbed in at the start of the second half. Sophomore Emily Donaldson followed Boris' lead to score her own goal off a straight shot from Coveleski. After dishing out assists for the initial 35 minutes of play, Campbell fired another shot off of a Wildcat penalty corner. This time, however, Campbell's shot sailed past newly subbed Saints goalkeeper Renne Clavette as the Wildcats took a commanding 8-0 lead. Somits and Ryan rounded out the scoring barrage for Villanova in the final 20 minutes of play to put the game well out of reach for Siena.
Not only did Villanova produce on the offensive end, but a solid defensive performance proved troublesome for the visiting Saints. The Wildcats held Siena to only one shot and one corner, while posting 26 total shots and creating 11 penalty corners. Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Maura McCormick made one save for the day and secured her first career and season shutout between the pipes.
Villanova hopes to maintain their winning ways as they travel to Drexel University on Wednesday, Sept. 5 to battle the Dragons at 7:00 p.m.