Sept. 21, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. -
The Wildcats are back at home this Sunday, September 23rd at noon as they take on BIG EAST opponent No. 5 Connecticut. Fans can catch a glimpse of the action on Nova Nation All Access.
The 2012 schedule has slated Villanova a series of tough opponents over the past two weeks including games versus No. 1 UNC, No. 2 Syracuse and now No. 5 UConn (numbers based on the Penn Monto/NFHCA poll).The Wildcats suffered losses to both UNC and Syracuse.
Spot on the RPI Charts
Because 'Nova has gone head-to-head against some powerful teams, they earned a No. 19 spot on the NCAA's Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) Ranking as of September 17th. The Wildcats have six of the nation's Top 25 teams on their schedule for 2012. Up next, UConn, ranked at No. 1 on the NCAA's RPI.
Scouting Report: Villanova (4-4)
High leads the team with five goals and has notched a point in four of her last five contests. She was also named to the BIG EAST's Weekly Honor this past week.
Alex Diekmann leads the conference in saves (57) and saves per game (7.12). She registered 14 saves versus Syracuse last weekend, a season and career-best.
Home Turf Edge
The Wildcats have gone 2-0 so far this season on their home turf at Villanova Stadium against La Salle and St. Francis and look to extend the streak against UConn.
History vs. UConn
Villanova is 6-23 all-time when facing the Huskies. In 2011, the Wildcats were shutout 6-0 by Connecticut.
Scouting Report: Connecticut (7-0)
UConn has dominated during their seven undefeated contests this season, their best start since 2009 when they went 11-0. The Huskies have topped ranked opponents No. 9 Penn State, No. 15 Michigan and No. 21 Albany. UConn also has gone 1-0 in the BIG EAST defeating Rutgers 5-0 last week.
This conference powerhouse leads the BIG EAST in shutouts (4) and least goals allowed (3). Villanova will work hard to defend against an aggressive Huskies offense.
Forward Marie Elena Bolles has been a scoring machine this season with seven goals and eight assists. Bolles is a conference leader in points (18), goals (7) and game-winning goals (4). Also on the attack are UConn's Chloe Hunnable and Louisa Boddy who each have four goals this season.
Backing up the Huskies is goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield who has registered three shutouts and has only allowed three goals past her this season.