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'Cats to Battle Lafayette in Field Hockey Action
Leah Lisausky was one of three Wildcats to register a second half goal against Stanford on Sunday.
Leah Lisausky was one of three Wildcats to register a second half goal against Stanford on Sunday.

Sept. 3, 2003

2003 Field Hockey

Villanova Wildcats (1-1)


Lafayette Leopards (1-1)

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003

7:00 PM

Metzgar Field - Easton, Pa.

The Villanova Wildcats return to action Wednesday, Sept. 3 for a 7:00 p.m. game against the Lafayette Leopards at Metzgar Field in Easton, Pa. Villanova comes into the contest with an overall record of 1-1, following Sunday's 3-1 victory over Stanford. Click on the PDF link below for a complete version of field hockey game notes.

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Winning Ways: After an opening day loss to Pacific, Villanova field hockey got back to its winning ways against Stanford. The Wildcats defeated the Cardinal 3-1, evening their record at 1-1. The victory also pushed the all-time series record between 'Nova and Stanford to 2-0, in favor of the 'Cats. Freshman goalkeeper Erin Scott (Malvern, Pa./West Chester East) earned her first collegiate victory in the game, saving six shots. All three Wildcat goals came in the second half, the firsts of the year for sophomore Sarah Francis, sophomore Rory Rogers and senior Leah Lisausky. Freshman Sara Schmidt (Mullica Hill, N.J./Wilmington Friends) assisted on Rogers's goal.

Firsts for the Freshmen: A pair of Wildcat freshmen had memorable weekends in California. Goalkeeper Erin Scott, who played all 140 minutes for Villanova, earned her first career victory against Stanford. And forward Sara Schmidt picked up her first career assist, on what proved to be the game-winning goal by Rory Rogers.

Second Half Surge: It took awhile, but the 2003 Villanova offense finally came to life in the second half against Stanford. The Wildcats came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to win the game, 3-1. Midfielder Sarah Francis scored the season's first goal at the 45:37 mark off of a rebound. Forward Rory Rogers scored the eventual game-winner at the 52:32 mark. She was assisted by Sara Schmidt. And the second half fireworks were concluded by forward Leah Lisausky, who scored an unassisted insurance goal at the 69:59 mark. For the season, Villanova has outscored its opposition 3-0 in the second half.

On the Road Again: In a bizzare season for the Wildcats, head coach Joanie Q. Milhous's squad will play 11 of their 17 regular season games away from the friendly confines of Villanova Stadium. Included in those 11 away games are the first six of the 2003 schedule. Villanova's home opener does not come until Sept. 17 against West Chester.

BIG EAST Blitz: Here is a glance at how the rest of the conference fared in last weekend's field hockey action:

Connecticut 3, Lafayette 0
Connecticut 3, Lehigh 2
Providence 5, Rider 4 (OT)
Rutgers 3, West Chester 2
Delaware 5, Rutgers 0
Northwestern 3, Boston College 2
Kent State 2, Syracuse 1

Scouting the Opposition:

Lafayette Leopards - Leopards come into the game 1-1 after defeating Albany in the UConn Field Hockey Classic...Game marks the 2003 home opener for Lafayette...Lafayette leads the all-time series, 21-6-1...'Nova has won the last three meetings, including a 2-1 overtime victory last year in the season opener at Villanova Stadium...Leopards are led offensively by senior midfielder Jennifer Stone, who recorded a hat trick in Sunday's win over Albany.



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