Wildcats Drop Hard-Fought Match With No. 3 Connecticut
Sept. 28, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - Three different Wildcats scored, but the Villanova field hockey team (2-6, 0-2 BIG EAST) fell, 7-3, to No. 3 Connecticut (8-0, 2-0 BIG EAST) on Saturday afternoon in Storrs, Conn.
Junior back Maddy Harding started the scoring with a tip-in from the top of the circle at 14:42 in the first half, giving the Wildcats at 1-0 lead. Junior midfielder Lauren Wilson and junior forward Jessica Swoboda were credited with assists. It was the first time this season the Huskies have been behind in a game.
Forward Marie Elena Bolles scored two consecutive goals and forward Chloe Hunnable added one to give the Huskies a 3-1 advantage going into halftime.
UConn scored three straight goals coming out of the break to give the Huskies a 7-1 lead. Sophomore forward Heather Smillie scored her first goal as a Wildcat to cut into the UConn lead at 63:52. Senior forward Christine Lafferty crossed the ball, which Smillie redirected past Huskie goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield.
Junior midfielder Andrea Conte scored off a tip-in with just one second remaining in the game.
The Wildcats' three goals ties the highest allowed by Mansfield this season. She allowed three in a 4-3 overtime win against then-No. 6 Penn State.
The Huskies outshot the Wildcats, 35-6 and held a 12-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Villanova finished with an 8-2 save advantage, six of them credited to senior goalkeeper Alex Diekmann. Swoboda and senior midfielder Keira Zambon each made a defensive save.
The Wildcats have a quick turnaround as they play at UMass-Lowell tomorrow at 1 p.m.