Wildcats Travel to No. 3 Connecticut, UMass-Lowell
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.
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
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 plays at Maine on Saturday to open America East play.
This is the first meeting between the Wildcats and River Hawks.