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Wildcats Tabbed to Finish Fifth in BIG EAST Field Hockey
Villanova's Maddy Harding was named to the 2014 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Aug. 20, 2014

Villanova, Pa. – The Villanova field hockey team was picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST 2014 Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Wednesday, August 20. Wildcat senior Maddy Harding (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks) was also selected to the preseason All-BIG EAST Team. The news came via a conference press release.

The Wildcats finished 2013 with a 4-13 mark. Villanova is three years removed from its most recent BIG EAST postseason berth and look to get back on track when the squad opens the season on Friday, August 29 at Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn. The Wildcats will play an exhibition match on Saturday, August 23 at Temple at 4 p.m. before the opening of the regular season in Connecticut.

Harding earned her first nod to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team after being named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team at the conclusion of the 2013 campaign. The Villanova captain started all 17 games at back for the Wildcats with eight goals, 19 points and 58 total recorded shots. The senior back also notched two defensive saves.

The 2013 NCAA National Champions, Connecticut, were picked atop of the conference Coaches’ Poll in the field of six, receiving five first-place votes.



League play begins on Oct. 3 when Villanova visits Old Dominion. The BIG EAST Championship is slated for Nov. 7 and 9 at Providence College’s Lennon Family Field, with the top four seeds qualifying.

BIG EAST Field Hockey Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1.     Connecticut* – 25 points (five first-place votes)
2.     Old Dominion – 21 (one first-place vote)
3.     Temple – 16 
4.     Providence – 14
5.     Villanova – 9
6.     Georgetown – 5 

Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Daniella Bernasconi, Sr., F, Providence

Lizzy Millen, Sr., GK, Temple*
Henni Tietze, Sr., B, Providence *
Roisin Upton, Jr., M, Connecticut*
Maddy Harding, Sr., B, Villanova
Chrissy Davidson, Sr., M, Connecticut *

Kelsey Smither, Sr., M/B, Old Dominion*
Caitlin Malone, GS, M, Providence*
Chloe Hunnable, Sr., F, Connecticut*
Rosario Villagra, Sr., F/M, Old Dominion*
Amber Youtz, Sr., F, Temple* 

BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Rosario Villagra, Sr., F/M, Old Dominion

BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Roisin Upton, Jr., M, Connecticut*

*unanimous selection