Oct. 21, 2009
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats (8-6, 2-2 BIG EAST) are in the midst of preparing for what could be their biggest contest of the 2009 season as they take on the No. 5 Syracuse Orange (14-1, 4-0 BIG EAST) at Villanova Stadium on Friday evening. The matchup is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Syracuse holds the all-time advantage in the series 7-16-0 and was victorious in their 2008 meeting by posting a 5-0 shutout against the Wildcats. For the 2009 season, the Orange have played in six overtime games and recorded their only loss in a 3-2 OT thriller against then-No. 7 Princeton.
Syracuse is led by junior Lindsey Conrad (13 goals, 7 assists, 33 points), freshman Amy Kee (6 goals, 9 assists, 21 points) and sophomore Heather Susek (6 goals, 9 assists, 19 points) on offense. Freshman goalie Leann Stiver has played 722 minutes in cage for the Orange and has a 1.24 GAA.
The Wildcats will be relying on their junior class to produce offensive firepower in the tilt. Meredith Sabatini (13 goals, 4 assists, 30 points), Dana Ramsden (11 goals, 7 assists, 29 points), Lauren Wuzzardo (8 goals, 10 assists, 26 points), and Meghan Ryan (7 goals, 9 assists, 23 points) lead the team in goals, assists and points for the 2009 season. Senior Emily Donaldson (4 goals, 9 assists, 17 points) has also provided Villanova with plenty of on-field guidance.
In cage, VU will depend on sophomore goalie Megan Goelz. Goelz has played over 698 minutes in cage and has a 2.01 GAA.
Earlier this week, Ramsden and Goelz were honored by the BIG EAST Conference by being named to the honor roll for the second and fourth time this season, respectively. Syracuse nabbed both Defensive and Offensive Player of the Week honors with Lena Voelmle and Amy Kee being recognized for their on-field contributions for the Orange.