Oct. 4, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. -
The Wildcats (6-6) have another back-to-back game schedule this weekend as they travel to Virginia for a pair of games at Liberty Saturday, Oct. 6th and at Richmond Sunday, Oct. 7th. Both contests begin at 1 PM.
The 2012 schedule has slated Villanova a series of tough opponents over the past few weeks including games versus No. 1 UNC, No. 2 Syracuse and No. 5 UConn (numbers based on the Penn Monto/NFHCA poll when the games occurred). Next up, the Wildcats will play the No. 22 ranked Richmond Spiders.
Top 25 RPI
Because Villanova has gone head-to-head against some powerful teams, they earned a No. 22 spot on the NCAA's Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) ranking as of October 1st.
The Wildcats have six of the nation's Top 25 teams on their schedule for 2012, including Richmond, who ranked No. 21 on the NCAA's RPI list this week.
Scouting Report: Villanova (6-6)
The Wildcats are coming off a 2-1 week with wins over Rutgers and Bryant and a tough loss to St. Joseph's. Villanova hopes to add a couple of victories to their 2-3 road game record this weekend in Virginia.
Leah High leads the `Cats attack line with six goals and two assists; she has four goals in her last six games. Rookie Kayla Kenney carries a team-high five assists on the season. She has tallied four of those helpers over the last five games.
Swoboda has tallied eight points (3G-2A) in her last six contests. The sophomore has notched five points (2G-1A) over her last three games, which include the game-winning assist versus Rutgers and Villanova's sole two goals in the win against Bryant.
Diekmann leads the conference with 86 saves and posted a 2-0 record last weekend, earning her first BIG EAST win of the season against Rutgers.
History vs. Liberty
Saturday's contest in Lynchburg will mark the first time in history the Flames and the Wildcats meet.
Scouting Report: Liberty (7-4)
The Flames are currently riding a four-game winning streak and have won five of their last six contests. Similar to Villanova's schedule, they have defeated LaSalle and Robert Morris and both suffered a 2-1 loss to St. Joseph's. Liberty has outshot opponents 175-118 in their 11 games played and has taken the advantage in corner play opportunities 95-58.
Rookie Sarah Gipe leads the team with nine goals and an assist, giving her 19 points on the season. Offensive playmakers Natalie Barr and Abbey Basom have tallied five and four goals this season, respectively. In the cage, Brooke Morley has registered 48 saves and a shutout.
History vs. Richmond
Villanova owns the all-time record against the Spiders 10-2-1. The last time these two teams met was in 2002 when the Wildcats secured a 3-2 overtime victory at Villanova Stadium.
Scouting Report: No. 22 Richmond (6-4)
Richmond made their second appearance of the season on the Penn Monto/NFHCA poll this week at No. 22 (tie). The Spiders have been hot at home as they are undefeated (4-0) when playing on Crenshaw Field so far this season. Richmond has captured victories over ranked opponents, including No. 25 American and No. 19 William and Mary. They hung tough against No. 4 Princeton, No. 8 ODU and No. 17 Duke, only losing all three contests 2-1.
In the Spiders' most recent win to No. 19 William and Mary, Chelsea Davies and Taylor Deitrick added scores for Richmond. Davies, a junior forward leads the team with five goals and five assists on the season. Dietrick has netted six goals in her rookie season as a Spider.
Richmond's two goalkeepers Kelley Wentling and Anna Zarkoski have split playing time, appearing in five games apiece. Wentling notched a shutout against Davidson and has 12 saves this season. Zarkoski has nine saves in the cage.