Field Hockey Takes On Conference Rivals Providence at Home Saturday
Oct. 11, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Wildcats' (6-8, 1-2 BIG EAST) schedule brings them back home this Saturday, October 13th at 1 PM as they face BIG EAST opponent Providence (6-6, 1-2 BIG EAST). Villanova hopes to add another victory to their positive 3-1 home record this season and turn around a three-game losing streak from last week.
BIG EAST Battles
Saturday's match between the Wildcats and the Friars will mark the fourth conference game for Villanova. VUFH is currently 1-2 in the BIG EAST and coincidentally tied with Providence (and Louisville) for the third place spot in the conference rankings. The Wildcats defeated Rutgers and fell short in games against Connecticut and Syracuse.
Head Coach Joanie Milhous and her squad understand the pressure riding on this conference matchup and are anxious to play, "This game is very important to both teams as far as getting closer to qualifying for the Big East Tournament. Our young ladies are ready and excited to work hard to get this win," Milhous said.
Scouting Report: Villanova (6-8)
Villanova looks to snap a three-game losing streak with a win over Providence this weekend. The Wildcats suffered defeats to St. Joseph's, Liberty and Richmond last week.
Milhous and her team have switched some things up in preparation for Saturday's contest as she commented, "We look forward to this game against Providence - the team has been working very hard and has made a few adjustments that we expect will make a big difference."
Leah High (Green Lane, Pa.) leads the attack line with seven goals and two assists
on the season. The sophomore forward tallied her seventh score on a penalty stroke in the 2-1 loss to Liberty. Rookie Kayla Kenney (Warrington, Pa.) has notched four assists over her last seven games. She leads the team with five on the season.
Goalkeeper Alex Diekmann (Holmdel, N.J.) continues to lead the conference in saves with 90 and with 6.43 saves per game.
History vs. Providence
Villanova is 10-18-2 all-time when facing the Friars. Last season, the Wildcats lost in a 3-2 overtime decision. Lauren Wilson (Hummelstown, Pa.) tallied the two scores for Villanova.
Scouting Report: Providence (6-6)
Providence snapped their four-game losing streak Monday afternoon when they topped Vermont 4-2. In conference play, the Friars defeated Georgetown and lost to both Syracuse and Connecticut.
Offensively, Providence has outscored opponents 34-27 over their 12 games played. Top-scorer Caitlin Malone leads the team with 20 points (7G-6A) this season. The junior forward netted two goals in the 4-2 victory over Vermont on Monday. Henni Tietze is right behind Malone with six scores this season.
Malone and teammate Kaleigh FitzPatrick are ranked sixth in the conference with six assists and the duo rank fifth in the BIG EAST with .55 assists per game.
Senior goalkeeper Kathi Weidman has registered 47 saves and one shutout against Harvard.