Field Hockey Readies for Mid-Week Matchup
Sept. 21, 2010
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team (1-4, 0-1 BIG EAST) take on their first mid-week matchup of the season when they host Philadelphia-rival Penn at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening in Villanova Stadium.
Villanova this Season: Although Villanova enters Wednesday's contest with just one win, a 5-1 victory over Columbia, three of the VU's losses were to Top-10 teams: No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Maryland, and No. 6 Connecticut.
Villanova's Last Outing: Villanova fell to the No. 6 ranked Connecticut Huskies, 3-1, under the lights of Villanova Stadium on Friday night. Senior Lauren Wuzzardo (Bridgeton, N.J./Cumberland Regional) scored the lone goal for the Wildcats to get within one of the Huskies, but the score wasn't enough for the conference victory.
'Nova Offense: Six different players have found the back of the cage for the Wildcats with Dana Ramsden (Woolwich Township, N.J./Kingsway Regional) (2g, 1a, 5pts) and Wuzzardo (2g, 4pts) leading the way with two goals apiece. In addition, Megan Ryan (Wayne, Pa./Villa Maria) and Jordan Lynn (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) have each tallied a score and two assists on the year.
'Nova Defense: Keeper Megan Goelz (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) and the Wildcats defense have faced No. 1 UNC, No. 2 Maryland and No. 6 Connecticut thus far this season and have faced 101 shots through five games. Playing all 350:45 minutes in the cage, Goelz has allowed 18 goals while saving 38. She holds a 3.59 goals-against average and a .679 save percentage.
Ally Smith (Mullica Hill, N.J./Kingsway Regional), Kristen Davila (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) and Olivia Maggitti (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria) and Lynn lead the Villanova backfield in addition to Golez in cage.
Penn's Last Outing: In the season's first Ivy League contest, the Penn field hockey team fell, 4-0, to Cornell Saturday afternoon. Keeper Kieran Sweeney made 12 saves in the cage while playing all 70 minutes. Sarah Hasson finished with two shots on goal, while freshmen Julie Tahan and Sunny Stirewalt had one, as Cornell outshot the Quakers 29-4.
Penn this Season: The Quakers put a mark in the win column with a 1-0 victory over William and Mary on Sept. 11th. Suffering losses to non-conference opponents Rider (8-3) and Davidson (4-3), and Ivy foe Cornell (4-0), the Quakers have struggled on offense. Compared to their opposition, Penn has been outshot 97-35, but the Quakers have made the most of their attempts, holding a .200 shot percentage while their adversaries have averaged a .165.
Quaker Offense: Sunny Stirewalt and Kyle deSandes-Moyer lead the Quaker offense with two goals apiece, while Laurel McGarvie, Sarah Hasson, and Kirstin Snyder have each scored one. Abigail Egan leads the squad with two assists. Quaker Defense: In 248:07 minutes, Sweeney has allowed 10 goals with a 3.63 goals-against average. The junior owns a 1-2 record, including a shutout, and has tallied 37 saves with a .787 save percentage.
Last Time vs. the Quakers (9/23/09): The Wildcats took the lead and never looked back as they blanked the Quakers, 4-0, on Penn's Franklin Field. Megan Goelz earned a shutout victory, making eight saves off of 11 shots. Dana Ramsden netted two goals on the day while Lauren Wuzzardo and Meredith Sabatini notched one goal apiece. The win was the fourth consecutive victory for the Wildcats over the Quakers dating back to 2005.