VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team earned two BIG EAST awards this week in part of the Wildcats' conference victory over Georgetown. The news came via a BIG EAST conference press release. Freshman goalkeeper Jordyn Clipstone (Harare, Zimbabwe/Hellenic Academy) was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon for her 2-1 overtime win in the cage over Georgetown this past Friday to help the Wildcats' chances with a BIG EAST Championship berth heading down the stretch of the season. Junior forward Kayla Kenney (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for her two-goal performance in the OT win, including the game-winning score.
It came as Clipstone first major weekly conference award and second overall award on the campaign. The Zimbabwe native was named to the Honor Roll earlier in the season on Sept. 1, 2014.
The Honor Roll nod was the second for Kenney in her career after first being awarded during her freshman campaign on Sept. 10, 2012.
With the selection, Villanova and Clipstone earned a major weekly conference award for first time since Abby Sordoni was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week in October 2010. It was the first Defensive Player of the Week Award for the Wildcats since goalkeeper Maura McCormick won it twice during her sophomore season in 2008.
In the Wildcats' lone contest last week, Clipstone was credited with the win over rival Georgetown, stopping four shots in over 79 minutes in the cage. The rookie goalkeeper sported an 0.800 save percentage, making a pair of crucial saves in the final 90 seconds to force overtime, where `Nova would go on to win. Clipstone has limited opponents to one goal three times this season.
Kenney sported the Wildcats' two goals in the victory including the game winner at 79:12 to give Villanova its first conference win of the season. The multi-goal game was the first for Kenney since her freshman year. Her four point outing bumped her up to 10 points on the season as she became the fifth Wildcat in 2014 to reach a double-digit total.
On the season, Clipstone leads the BIG EAST with 93 saves and 6.64 saves per game across 974:09 minutes and all 14 starts.
Kenney leads the team in shots on goal (23) and is tied for a squad-best four assists.
These are the fifth and sixth BIG EAST awards for Villanova in 2014 after Clipstone on Sept. 1, senior Maddy Harding (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) on Sept. 8, freshman Francesca Bello (Princeton, N.J./Hun School) on Sept. 22 and senior Lauren Wilson (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey)on Oct. 13.
Villanova will next be in action on Fri., Oct. 24 versus Connecticut in the BIG EAST matchup against the defending national champion at Villanova Stadium. Play begins at 7 p.m.