VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team (3-6, 0-0 BIG EAST) returns to action this Fri., Oct. 3 in Norfolk, Va. at Old Dominion (5-4, 0-0 BIG EAST) in a BIG EAST matchup before hosting the Monmouth Hawks (4-5, 0-0 MAAC) on Sun., Oct. 5 at Villanova Stadium with 5:30 p.m. start.
Sunday will also be Villanova field hockey's Play4TheCure game, part of the new partnership between the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
The Wildcats dropped its only game last week to Rider, 3-1, on Sunday. Senior back Abigail Freitag (Bridgeton, N.J./Cumberland Regional) tagged the lone goal for VU, her fourth of the season, tying her for the team lead. Freshman Francesca Bello (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) continues her hot streak as she tallied an assist. Freitag and Bello have recorded a goal or an assist in three of the last four games.
Freitag leads the team with 12 points on the season including four goals and a team-high four assists. The senior captain has points in six of nine contests on the year.
Bello ranks second on the squad with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Senior captain Jessica Swoboda (Hanover Township, Pa./Wyoming Seminary), who was named the Student-Athlete of the Week by Phila Field Hockey on Tuesday, was the first Wildcat to reach four goals on the season as she owns eight points on the campaign.
Six Wildcats have at least two assists on the season while eight have points on the year.
Villanova has scored 18 goals on the season, 10 of which have come in the first 35 minutes where the `Cats are outscoring its opponent, 10-9.
Freshman goalkeeper Jordyn Clipstone (3-6, Harare, Zimbabwe/Hellenic Academy) has made nine starts in the cage to start her Wildcat career. The Zimbabwe native owns a 2.43 goals against average with 51 saves, a .699 save percentages and 22 goals against across 634:57 minutes.
On the year, Wildcats possess a .645 shot on goal percentage (71-for-110) while limiting its opponents to a .500 percentage (79-for-158).
Scouting Old Dominion
VU looks to improve upon its 1-5 away mark on the season as the team heads to Norfolk, Va. to play No. 18 Old Dominion (5-4) in the BIG EAST opener on Friday at 4 p.m. The Lady Monarchs come into Friday's matchup on a four-game winning streak having previously defeated Monmouth, William & Mary, Delaware and JMU. ODU is outscoring its opponents 12-2 during those four games with two shutouts.
Similar to the Wildcats, three Lady Monarchs have four goals on the season to lead the team. Rosario Villagra has a team-high 15 points on four goals and seven assists.
ODU goalkeeper Megan Hept (5-4) comes into the matchup having played all 642:50 minutes across nine starts with a 1.31 GAA, 31 saves, a .721 save percentage and two shutouts.
The Lady Monarchs are almost doubling up its opponents on shot total, 116-65, while also limiting them to 2.2 penalty corners per game.
The Wildcats are 0-4 against the Lady Monarchs with matchups in 1993, 1995, 2005 and 2013. Villanova lost last season, 6-0, at home.
The Monmouth Hawks (4-5) host No. 20 Michigan State on Saturday in New Jersey before traveling to Pennsylvania for the 5:30 p.m. Sunday matchup at Villanova.
Monmouth are 2-2 on its current five-game homestand where the team closes out against Michigan State. The Hawks are 1-1 on the road in 2014 with a win over Lehigh on Sept. 7 and a loss at Old Dominion on Sept. 14.
Trish O'Dwyer leads the Hawks with 12 points on four goals and four assists. Alyssa Ercolino follows her up with four goals and two assists for 10 points. Ten different Hawks have at least one point in 2014.
Three different Hawks have started in the cage with Christian Piersant making six starts including the most recent in a 3-2 loss against Cornell.
The Wildcats are 9-1 all-time against Monmouth with its most recent victory coming in 2008. In the last matchup, the Hawks defeated the Wildcats, 2-1, in the 2010 season opener in New Jersey.
About the National Foundation for Cancer Research
The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) is a leading cancer research charity dedicated to funding cancer research and public education relating to cancer prevention, earlier diagnosis, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for cancer. NFCR promotes and facilitates collaboration among scientists to accelerate the pace of discovery from bench to bedside.
Since 1973, NFCR has provided over $320 million in support of discovery-oriented cancer research focused on understanding how and why cells become cancerous, and on public education relating to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. NFCR scientists are discovering cancer's molecular mysteries and translating these discoveries into therapies that hold the hope for curing cancer. NFCR is about Research for a Cure - cures for all types of cancer.
The new partnership between the NFCR and NFHCA will focus on integrating field hockey teams across the nation into the family of 500+ sports teams that already take part in NFCR's Play4theCure. Every dollar raised by the Play4theCure sports-based fundraising program will be dedicated to cancer research projects selected by each participating team.
Villanova will be selling shirts at Sunday's game with all proceeds going to the NFCR.
Live stats will be available for both games. Paid video streams will also be available for viewing. Links can be found at the top of the page. Admission to Villanova Stadium is free on Sunday.