Sep 5, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team completes a two-game home stand Saturday against Siena at 1 p.m. at Villanova Stadium.
In their last outing Wednesday evening, the Wildcats lost a hard-fought game to Rider. The Broncs averaged 29.5 shots per game coming into the contest, but the Wildcats held Rider to just 11 shots on the game. The Broncs held a 16-6 advantage in corners, and one of their extra advantages led to a goal in the second half. Nicole Hareau took a rebound off a corner and with 5:10 remaining in the game, sealed the 1-0 win for the Broncs.
Junior back Maddy Harding led the Wildcats with four shots and three shots on goal. Siena is the third MAAC opponent Villanova has faced in 2013. The Wildcats fell to Sacred Heart, 2-1, and Rider, 1-0.
Scouting the Saints
Siena comes into Villanova having played only one game so far in 2013. The Saints dropped their season opener, 3-2, at Holy Cross last Sunday. Forward Michaela Sullivan put the Saints up, 1-0, less than four minutes into the game before a two-hour lightning delay. Holy Cross scored three goals in a span of seven minutes after game play started again. Callie Weise scored for the Saints to close the first half.
The Saints return starting goalkeeper Beth Meyers, who was named to the Preseason All-MAAC team. The senior led the nation and broke Siena's single-season record with 231 saves in 2011. Meyers ranked third nationally in saves per game (10.4) last season.
Siena finished the 2012 season with a 0-15 record.