VILLANOVA, Pa.— Villanova Field Hockey is gearing up for a BIG EAST Conference match-up on Friday against the No. 1 ranked UConn Huskies as part of youth night. The squad will then travel to Lafayette on Sunday where they square off against Jaguars.
Scouting the Wildcats:
Villanova is coming off their first BIG EAST win of the season. They traveled to Hamden, Conn. Friday to face the Quinnipiac Bobcats. The offense got off to a hot start as Abby Siana notched her second goal of the season in the opening minutes of action. The Wildcats were able to hang on to get the victory on the road, 2-1. Leading the squad in the goals so far this season is sophomore forward, Lydia Sydnor who has notched five goals, 10 points, and 18 shots thus far. As a team this season the Wildcats have tallied 81 penalty corners, goalkeeper Erika Miller has 81 saves, and they are averaging 1.8 goals per game.
Scouting the Huskies:
UConn added two more wins to their perfect record this past weekend with wins over Providence and Massachusetts. The Huskies downed Providence 2-0 and tallied eight goals in the win over Massachusetts. The top ranked squad is averaging 4.45 goals a game and 21.1 shots as they have earned 108 penalty corners in their last 11 games. Last season when the two teams squared off UConn won the match, 6-0. Friday’s contest is set for a 7 p.m. start.
“We are excited to play UConn. We respect their play and their talent. We are looking forward to giving them our best as it’s a great opportunity to play the No. 1 team in country. Can’t wait to compete for 70 minutes in a great BIG EAST game,” Villanova field hockey head coach Joanie Milhous said.
Youth Night vs. No. 1 UConn:
Villanova Field Hockey will be hosting a youth night as they take on UConn on Friday Oct. 6. Youth Night will feature a Kids Zone that includes inflatables as well as a coloring station. This will be set up near the stands as you enter the front gate of the Villanova Field Hockey complex from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Kids will also have the opportunity to participate in a poster signing session with the team post game.
Scouting the Jaguars:
The Jaguars were on the road this past weekend as they faced non-conference opponents No. 16 Harvard and No. 8 Delaware. Against Harvard, Lafayette wasn’t able to stop the strong offense as they lost the game, 6-1. Next, they face Delaware where they dropped the match 8-0. As team, Lafayette is averaging 1.8 goals and 11.5 shots per contest. Sophomore goalkeeper, Sarah Park has 46 saves on the season. Last time the Wildcats faced Lafayette was in 2003 and the Wildcats won the contest, 4-3. Sunday’s game will begin at 1 p.m.
“We will both be coming off conference games so the game will be a battle. I think the first goal is critical and sets the tone as well as the tempo of the game. It will be our early focus,” Milhous said.
Also, Villanova will be joining forces with Lafayette on Sunday to raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer. Both teams will be sporting t-shirts during warm-up and raising money for a cure. If you would like to donate to Pancreatic Cancer research click here. All donations received will go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.