Oct. 1, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the sixth-consecutive week a Wildcat has appeared on the BIG EAST's Weekly Honor Roll, only this time, two `Nova field hockey players got their names inked to the list. Forward Jessica Swoboda and goalkeeper Alex Diekmann received recognition for their performances this weekend as announced by the conference Monday morning. Villanova captured two 2-1 victories over conference-rivals Rutgers and non-conference opponents Bryant in back-to-back games this past weekend.
Swoboda tallied her first Honor Roll appearance after an impressive offensive weekend. The sophomore forward posted a five-point weekend in games versus Bryant and Rutgers. She assisted the game-winning goal that gave Villanova their first conference victory over Rutgers. Swoboda also collected the Wildcats' only two goals in the 2-1 defeat over Bryant, including the game-winner in the last 90 seconds of play. She now has four goals and four assists on the season.
Diekmann is no new-comer to the conference Honor Roll as this is her fourth appearance on the list this season. The junior goaltender earned back-to-back wins this weekend against Rutgers and Bryant. She held strong in the backfield saving 11 shots in Villanova's first conference win of the season against Rutgers and finished the weekend with 14 saves. Diekmann leads the BIG EAST with 85 saves, a 7.73 average saves per game and ranks third in the conference with a .746 save percentage.
Also named to the Honor Roll were Connecticut's Louisa Boddy, Rutgers' Lisa Patrone and Syracuse's Gillian Pinder.
Connecticut's Chloe Hunnable took the Offensive Player of the Week award and Syracuse's Jordan Page earned the conference's Defensive Player of the Week title.
Swoboda, Diekmann and the rest of the Wildcat squad are back in action Wednesday afternoon when they travel to local-rivals St. Joseph's for a 3 PM contest in Philadelphia.