Oct. 28, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team wrapped up its season snapping a four-game losing streak this afternoon as they defeated Robert Morris 4-0 on Senior Day at Villanova Stadium. The win boosts the Wildcats to a final season record of 11-7, while the Colonials slip to 3-15 overall.
The Wildcats jumped on their opponent early when junior Allison Boris connected on a pass from freshman Lauren Wuzzardo to give Villanova an early 1-0 edge in just the second minute of play. Soon after, Villanova's Sam Coveleski had an opportunity to extend the Wildcats' lead to two. However, the junior back could not convert the penalty stroke at the 12:03 mark, sailing it over the cage and out of play. Villanova continued to apply heavy pressure to the Robert Morris defense, but the 12 shots and five penalty corners left the Wildcats empty-handed for the remainder of the first half.
Despite struggling to post goals in the first half, the Wildcats exploded in the second for three unanswered goals to secure the 4-0 win over the Colonials. Sophomore forward Jenn Nazarethian scored the game-winning goal from the stroke mark in the 50th minute as she received a short pass from freshman Ally Smith, who was credited with the assist.
Villanova freshman Sam Haas then provided a spark off the bench to notch back-to-back insurance goals en route to the Wildcat victory. Her first came at the 65:47 mark with help from Boris, who maneuvered her way down the endline before sending a pass to Haas at the stroke mark. Three minutes later, senior Stephanie Campbell found Haas again well-positioned in the circle near the mouth of the goal. Haas collected the short pass and slammed the ball past Robert Morris goalkeeper Kate Dunlap to seal the 4-0 win.
Villanova held the advantage across the board today outshooting Robert Morris 23-4 and edging the Colonials in penalty corners 10-1.
The Wildcats also said goodbye to four dedicated seniors as they played their final game under the Villanova banner this afternoon. Stephanie Campbell, Jenny Nelson, Megan Ryan, and Catherine Somits together have compiled a 50-28 overall record during their careers on the Main Line. The quartet has been instrumental in the development and progression of Villanova's program both nationally and in the BIG EAST Conference.