WEST CHESTER, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team (4-14, 1-4 BIG EAST) fell in a non-conference, neutral site matchup to the Quinnipiac Bobcats (8-10, 3-2 MAAC) by the final of 4-2 from Vonnie Gros Field in West Chester, Pa on Saturday afternoon.
On a very windy day with heavy gusts, the two teams meet for the second time, both of which were played on neutral fields.
The Bobcats struck first, about eight minutes into the game, when Dayna Barlow took a shot from just inside the top left side of the circle for the score.
About 15 minutes later, the Wildcats responded when senior Leah High (Green Lane, Pa./Upper Perkiomen) crossed a pass across the circle to junior Kayla Kenney (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South), who then blasted a shot from the top of the circle. Senior Jessica Swoboda (Hanover Township, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) provided traffic in front of the cage as she screened the Quinnipiac goalkeeper, Megan Conaboy, as the ball bounced to the back of the cage. The score was tied 1-1.
But just over two minutes later, Quinnipiac scored on a corner when Angie King assisted Savanna Reilly to make it 2-1 going into halftime.
Villanova tied it up for the second time early in the start of the final half when senior Lauren Wilson (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey) scored her third goal of the year on a rebound. Swoboda originally took a shot from the top of the circle that Quinnipiac's Conaboy saved. Wilson cleaned up the rebound for the score, making it 2-2 with about 30 minutes to play.
Quinnipiac regained the lead at 43:56 when Leah Dietrichs backhanded a shot for the third Bobcat score. Dietrichs went on to tally a second goal and the fourth goal for Quinnipiac with about six minutes remaining in the contest.
Villanova finished the afternoon with seven shots.
Corner attempts were low as Quinnipiac took four and Villanova, two.
With a loss against Providence yesterday, the Wildcats missed out on a BIG EAST Championship berth. The game against Quinnipiac concluded Villanova's 2014 season.
The game marked the conclusion of collegiate play for seven of Villanova's graduating seniors including 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, Jessica Swoboda and Lauren Wilson.
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