Oct. 2, 2013
MERION STATION, Pa. - Lauren Wilson scored twice, but the Villanova field hockey team (3-7) fell, 5-3, to Saint Joseph's (2-7) on Wednesday afternoon in Merion Station, Pa.
The Wildcats and Hawks traded possession for nearly 20 minutes before Saint Joseph's scored with a Jordan Martin goal at 19:00. Marin Vreeburg scored at 31:46 to put Villanova down 2-0.
Junior forward Jessica Swoboda got on the board for the Wildcats as the first half expired. Swoboda took a penalty corner in the waning seconds of the half, and the ball found its way to junior back Maddy Harding, who took a shot. Swoboda tipped the ball in, and the Wildcats went into halftime down by just one goal. It was Swoboda's fifth goal of the season, which leads Villanova.
The Hawks' offense attacked in the second half. Saint Joseph's scored three goals within seven minutes, including Vreeburg's second goal, to take a 5-1 lead.
Wilson began a comeback for the Wildcats, scoring two goals within less than two minutes of each other. The junior midfielder's first goal came at 53:40, when Wilson took the ball off a Kristen Mericle cross and knocked it into the front of the cage. At 55:18, she took the ball from Kayla Kenney and shot it into the lower right corner past Hawks goalkeeper Amelia Deibler.
Villanova outshot Saint Joseph's, 15-10, including nine in the second half. The Wildcats also held a 7-0 advantage in penalty corners.
Sophomore midfielder Ann Romanowski played in her first game since suffering an ACL injury last season.
The Wildcats host BIG EAST rival Rutgers on Friday at 7 p.m.