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Wildcats Travel to No. 3 Connecticut, UMass-Lowell
Junior Forward Jessica Swoboda leads the 'Cats in goals and points.

Sept. 27, 2013

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team (2-5, 0-1 BIG EAST) travels to New England to take on No. 3 Connecticut (7-0, 1-0 BIG EAST) and UMass-Lowell (1-6, 0-0 America East) this weekend.

The Wildcats fell to then-No. 14 Temple last weekend to open BIG EAST Conference play, 4-1. Freshman forward Courtney Devine scored her second goal of the season to break the Owls' shutout, but the Wildcats were unable to add more offense. Devine's two goals have come on just three shots this season.

Junior forward Jessica Swoboda leads the Wildcats offensively with three goals and six points on the season. Sophomore forward Kayla Kenney leads the team in helpers with three assists.

Senior goalkeeper Alex Diekmann has started all seven games for the Wildcats this season and possesses a 3.43 goals against average and .625 save percentage.

The Wildcats are 0-1 on the road this season.

Scouting the Huskies
No. 3 Connecticut (7-0, 1-0 BIG EAST) remains undefeated on the season with a 7-0 record. The Huskies won their BIG EAST opener over Rutgers, 2-0, last weekend. The Huskies lead their opponents in all offensive categories. UConn has a 123-68 shots advantage and has scored 22 goals to their opponents' six. The Huskies also have a 54-36 advantage in penalty corners.

Junior Chloe Hunnable leads the Huskies offensively with seven goals, two assists and 16 points on the season. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield has started all seven games for UConn and has a 0.82 goals against average and a.842 save percentage with three shutouts.

Despite the Huskies' offensive prowess, the Wildcats held Connecticut scoreless for the majority of the teams' last meeting on Sept. 23, 2012. UConn held a 28-1 advantage in shots in the game, but were unable to get any past Diekmann until less than five minutes remained in the game. Louisa Boddy scored off a corner to seal the 1-0 win for the Huskies.



Villanova is 6-24-0 all-time against Connecticut.

Scouting the River Hawks
UMass-Lowell (1-6, 0-0 America East) won its first game last weekend over St. Francis, 3-2. Senior forward Melissa Effertz leads the River Hawks with three goals and six points.

UMass-Lowell plays at Maine on Saturday to open America East play.

This is the first meeting between the Wildcats and River Hawks.