Oct. 18, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team (3-9, 0-4 BIG EAST) looks for its first conference win as the Wildcats travel to Providence (5-7, 1-3 BIG EAST) Saturday.
Villanova fell in its last game, 6-0 to then-No. 20 Old Dominion. Senior goalkeeper Alex Diekmann returned after missing two games with an injury and made one save while breaking up numerous Lady Monarch chances.
Junior forward Jessica Swoboda and junior back Maddy Harding are tied with five goals for the team lead. Swoboda leads the team in points with 14 (5G, 4A).
Diekmann will start in net for Villanova. She currently holds a 3.70 goals against average and a .570 save percentage.
The Wildcats are tied for fourth nationally in defensive saves with nine on the season. Swoboda, Harding and junior back Abigail Freitag each have two defensive saves.
The Wildcats fell to the Friars, 1-0, last season.
Villanova and Providence play at noon. Live stats for the game will be available here.
Scouting the Friars
Providence (5-7, 1-3 BIG EAST) is coming off a 3-1 loss to then-No. 17 Temple last weekend. Midfielder Emma Mackie scored the team's lone goal in the contest off a penalty corner. Goalkeeper Deidra Clymer made 10 saves in the game as the Owls led in shots, 26-20.
Forward Daniella Bernasconi leads the Friars offensively with 30 points (14G, 2A). Bernasconi is tied with Connecticut's Chloe Hunnable for first in goals in the BIG EAST, and she is third in the conference in points. Besides Bernasconi, no Friar has more than two goals on the season.
Clymer has played every minute for Providence in goal this year. She currently holds a 1.79 goals against average with a .756 save percentage.