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Villanova Set For Battle With Cross-Town Rival Penn
Vanessa Pizzuli's 17 career assists place her tied for eigth on the all-time list.
Vanessa Pizzuli's 17 career assists place her tied for eigth on the all-time list.

Sept. 30, 2002

Villanova, PA- Coming off a 5-0 blanking of Big East rival, the Wildcats are confident heading into Wednesday night's showdown against the University of Pennsylvania. The Quakers are currently 2-4 overall on the season with an 0-2 record in Ivy League play. Villanova stands at 4-5 on the season and an even 1-1 in the Big East.

SCOUTING THE QUAKERS: Penn is riding a two game win streak in which they have outscored their opponents 9-0. In their last game, senior midfielder Kylee Jakobowski recorded a hat trick en route to a 4-0 win over St. Joseph's. The Quakers are led by Jakobowski with five goals and five assists. Junior forward Jackie Lange also has five scores on the season. Sophomore forward Cecilia Carriquiri has four goals to her credit on the season. In goal, Penn is anchored by freshman Amanda Jacobs. Jacobs has played all 420 minutes in net and has a 2.17 GAA.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Pennsylvania leads the all time series, 6-10-2, but Villanova has emerged victorious in the last two meetings. Last year, the 'Cats travelled to Philadelphia and eeked out a 2-1 win.

HELPING HAND: With her three assists against Rutgers on Saturday, Vanessa Pizzulli has earned a place in the Villanova record books. Pizzulli stands tied for eigth all-time with former Wildcats Bree Hawthorne and Krissy Malchitsky. Pizzulli has 17 career assists. Clare Turkington is the all-time assist leader with 32.

OFF TO A QUICK START: Leah Lisusky's goal 1:44 into the game was the second time in as many games that Villanova got on the board with less than two minutes gone by. The previous week against Connecticut, Rory Rogers found the back of the net with just :49 seconds gone by.

WEEKLY AWARDS: On Monday, September 30th, Villanova junior forward Christina Lugones was named Big East Co-Offensive Player of the Week. The award comes on the heels of Lugones' stellar one goal, three assist outing versus Rutgers on Saturday. Her efforts helped Villanova notch its first Big East win in a 5-0 shutout over Rutgers. For the season, Lugones is first in conference games with five points and is tied for the Big East lead in all games with seven assists. The honor is Villanova's first of the season.



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