Oct. 1, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team takes a short trip to play crosstown rival Saint Joseph's on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wildcats (3-6, 0-2 BIG EAST) are coming off a 3-0 shutout win over UMass-Lowell last Sunday. Junior back Maddy Harding scored two goals for Villanova and junior forward Jessica Swoboda added one of her own. Swoboda also notched two assists in the game. It was the team's first shutout and road win of the season.
The Wildcats also played No. 3 Connecticut last Saturday, falling 7-3. Sophomore forward Heather Smillie, junior midfielder Andrea Conte and Harding each scored for the `Cats. Harding's goal, the first of the game, marked the first time the Huskies have been behind this season.
Swoboda also tallied an assist in the UConn game, and her five-point weekend earned her a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. It was the second time this season the junior forward was named to the conference list.
Swoboda currently leads the team in points (11) and is tied for first in goals with Harding (4). Swoboda is also tied for first in assists with sophomore forward Kayla Kenney (3).
Wednesday's game will be played at Ellen Ryan Field in Philadelphia. Follow the Wildcats on Twitter (@villanovafh) for stats and updates during the game.
Scouting the Hawks
Saint Joseph's (1-7, 0-0 Atlantic 10) dropped its last game, 5-0, to Quinnipiac. The Bobcats outshot the Hawks, 22-11. Goalkeepers Rachel Barnett and Amelia Deibler split time in net for Saint Joseph's.
Midfielder Nicole Gerdes leads the Hawks offensively with three goals and eight points. Barnett has seen the majority of playing time in goal, starting all eight games for the team, but Deibler has seen action in two games. Barnett has a 2.72 goals against average and a .722 save percentage on the season.
The Wildcats and Hawks meet annually, with Villanova taking three of the last five decisions. Saint Joseph's won last season's game, 2-1. The Wildcats are 21-17-1 all-time against the Hawks.