VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team (4-13, 1-4 BIG EAST) fell to the Providence Friars (11-8, 2-3 BIG EAST) on Saturday by the final of 7-0 after Providence scored six goals in the second half. The game concludes conference play for the Wildcats this season as `Nova plays a final, non-conference game tomorrow, Sun., Nov. 2 against the Quinnipiac Bobcats at Vonnie Gros Field in West Chester, Pa.
Villanova celebrated its seven seniors today, who were playing in their final game at Villanova Stadium. Seniors Andrea Conte (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley), Allison Flitter (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley), Abigail Freitag (Bridgeton, N.J./Cumberland Regional), Maddy Harding (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks), Leah High (Green Lane, Pa./Upper Perkiomen), Jessica Swoboda (Hanover Township, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) and Lauren Wilson (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey) all started the contest today for the Wildcats.
In a rain-soaked afternoon on the Main Line, Providence scored early, under three minutes into the match. Emma Mackie put the Friars on the board when she tipped a shot by Steph Guglielmo in front of the cage off of a penalty corner.
Villanova countered with several scoring opportunities which led to six shots for the `Cats. But the squad could not convert in the first half, which left the scored at 1-0.
Ten minutes into the second half, the Friars scored a frenzy of goals to take a 6-0 lead. Providence managed five goals in the span of about 10 minutes to pull away from the Wildcats to secure the win.
With about 20 minutes to play, Villanova's High got a good look when Swoboda made a pass deep into the circle. High lost her footing on her shot attempt which led to a save for the Providence keeper.
Providence tallied a final goal with about 11 minutes to play, as the Friars won by a final of 7-0.
VU goalkeeper Kristina Roberts (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) relieved starting GK Jordyn Clipstone (Harare, Zimbabwe/Hellenic Academy) in the cage after the sixth goal and played the final 15:40 in regulation. Clipstone has started all 17 contests on the season while Roberts made her third appearance in the cage.
The Wildcats are back in action tomorrow for the final game of the 2014 season at Vonnie Gros Field in West Chester, Pa. against the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Action begins at noon.
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