Wildcats Victorious Over Columbia, 5-1, at Vonnie Gros Classic
Sept. 12, 2010
WEST CHESTER, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team (1-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) brought home their first victory of the season on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Columbia Lions (3-1, 0-0 Ivy League) 5-1 in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. It was a day for the upperclassmen to shine as six seniors tallied a combined 14 points for the final day of the Vonnie Gros Classic.
Head Coach Joanie Milhous states, "The leadership on the team from the seniors was definitely present. It's always been there, but it's nice to see their experience and leadership with the win. One of the big goals today was finishing, obviously the seniors took that upon themselves to make that happen."
To start the game, senior back Ally Smith (Mullica Hill, N.J./Kingsway Regional) gave Villanova the early lead when she scored her first goal of the season just five minutes into the contest.
Columbia gained the statistical advantage for the next 10 minutes, tallying three penalty corners before Gabby Kozlowski snuck the ball past VU junior keeper Megan Goelz (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) with 12:09 on the clock and tying the score at one-all.
After a few key substitutions, Villanova regained control of the game when senior Meghan Ryan (Wayne, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and junior Jordan Lynn (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) assisted Dana Ramsden (Woolwich Township, N.J./Kingsway Regional) on a corner attempt to put the `Cats ahead at 2-1. Less than two minutes later, Ramsden netted her second score of the day from a Sabatini assist at the 22 minute mark.
Before pausing for halftime, the Villanova defense stifled two shots and a corner attempt from Columbia, giving the Wildcats a 3-1 advantage at the break.
The Wildcats didn't give the Lions a chance to breathe coming out of the locker room when less than three minutes into the half, Ryan connected with senior Sam Haas (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) off a penalty corner to put the game at 4-1.
To seal the win, senior Lauren Wuzzardo (Bridgetown, N.J./Cumberland Regional) netted her first goal of 2010 and the 29th of her career off another Sabatini assist with 47:00 remaining on the clock. The fifth goal of the game would be the one to seal the win for the Wildcats, who closed in on their first win of the season.
Villanova led Columbia 13-10 in shots while each team counted seven corners on the day. Defensively, Goelz tallied three saves while CU's Christie O'Hara made seven stops in the defeat.
Milhous states, "Ally Smith played a fantastic game today and was incredible, she played 110% throughout the game and created many opportunities. Her extra effort made it happen on all accounts. Meg Goelz looked great in goal as well."
The Wildcats will be back in action to host their first BIG EAST game this coming Friday, Sept. 17th to face the Connecticut Huskies on Parent's Weekend. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and live stats will be available on Villanova.com via GameTracker.