Oct. 9, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team (3-8, 0-3 BIG EAST) takes on BIG EAST Conference rival No. 20 Old Dominion (5-6, 2-1 BIG EAST) Friday evening at Villanova Stadium.
In the Wildcats' last outing, they dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to Rutgers. Junior forward Leah High and junior back Maddy Harding each scored early to give Villanova a 2-0 lead, but a goal and a successful penalty stroke from Rutgers tied the game. The teams played through two scoreless overtime periods before going to penalty strokes. The Scarlet Knights took a 3-1 advantage in strokes and the win.
Senior goalkeeper Julia Todd played her first game for the Wildcats field hockey team against Rutgers. Todd, also a member of the women's lacrosse team, joined the 'Cats after senior goalkeeper Alex Diekmann suffered an injury last week. In her debut, Todd made three saves and allowed two goals.
Junior forward Jessica Swoboda leads the Wildcats offensively with 14 points (5G, 4A) and Harding is a close second with 13 (5G, 3A).
The Wildcats are 0-3 all-time against the Lady Monarchs. This is the teams' first meeting as conference rivals as the Lady Monarchs competed in the CAA prior to the 2013 season. In their last outing on Aug. 30, 2009, ODU defeated Villanova, 7-1.
Following the game, head coach Joanie Milhous and the Wildcats will hold an autograph session for fans.
Scouting the Lady Monarchs
No. 20 Old Dominion (5-6, 2-1 BIG EAST) began the season ranked eighth in the nation. However, six of ODU's first seven opponents were also ranked in the top 20, and the Lady Monarchs fell out of the national poll after the fourth week with a 1-6 record.
ODU has rebounded and is currently on a four-game win streak, including two BIG EAST victories. The Lady Monarchs defeated BIG EAST rival Georgetown last Sunday, 7-0. Rosario Villagra recorded a hat trick for ODU, and four other Monarchs scored. Old Dominion outshot the Hoyas, 34-1. The Lady Monarchs have recorded two consecutive shutouts and have not allowed an opponent to score in over 172 minutes.
Villagra leads ODU offensively with 22 points (7G, 8A) on the season. Goalkeeper Megan Hept has seen every minute in goal for the Lady Monarchs and holds a 2.42 goals against average and a .667 save percentage.
Old Dominion holds a 0-3 away record so far this season.