Oct. 23, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Wildcats (6-11, 1-4 BIG EAST) will finish out their regular season slate with two home games this week. First up, Villanova will play Philadelphia rivals Penn on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. and the `Cats will kick off Homecoming Weekend with their final BIG EAST game of the season Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. against Georgetown.
Clinching a Trip to Trager
Villanova's final conference game will prove to hold a pivotal role in securing a spot in the BIG EAST Championships for the Wildcats. A win for Villanova, paired with a Louisville loss Saturday at Providence, would put Rutgers, Louisville and Villanova in a three-way tie for the last spot at the conference tournament at Trager Stadium.
Scouting Report: Villanova (6-11, 1-4 BIG EAST)
The `Cats look to snap a losing streak dating back to their loss at St. Joseph's on Oct. 3. Villanova suffered a pair of defeats this past weekend when they fell to Louisville and Indiana on the road.
Leah High (Green Lane, Pa.) still leads the attack line with seven goals this season, while freshman Kayla Kenney (Warrington, Pa.) and sophomore Jessica Swoboda (Hanover Twp., Pa) are tied with four scores. Kenney leads the team with five assists in her rookie season.
Villanova's defense continues to hold back opponents as they managed to break up or stop 18 of their opponents' 22 corner play chances last weekend.
Alex Diekmann (Holmdel, N.J.) has now posted 105 stops on the season in the cage. Freshman Erin Gorse (Glenshaw, Pa.)saw some turf-time last Sunday versus Indiana where she notched a career-high five saves for the Wildcats.
Villanova will celebrate five graduating seniors in the final home game of their careers at Villanova Stadium Friday night against Georgetown.
History vs. Penn
The Wildcats have not lost to Penn since 2005 and currently own the 14-12-2 record all-time against the Quakers. Last season, Villanova defeated Penn in Philadelphia 2-1. Keira Zambon (Medford, N.J.) and Jessica Swoboda netted the two goals in the victory.
Scouting Report: Penn (7-7, 2-3 Ivy League)
The Quakers are coming off a 1-1 weekend as they posted a 3-2 Ivy League victory versus Yale and fell 4-2 to Fairfield.
Sarah Hasson, Julie Tahan and Sunny Stirewalt lead the team with seven goals apiece this season. Hasson has also tallied six assists, giving her 20 points on the season.
Penn's goaltender Carly Sokach has recorded 99 saves and posted one shutout against Radford in the cage for the Quakers.
History vs. Georgetown
Villanova carries a 19-3-0 all-time record against the Hoyas. The Wildcats' graduating group of seniors has gone 3-0 when matched up versus Georgetown.
Scouting Report: Georgetown (2- 15, 0-5 BIG EAST)
Georgetown has gone 0-5 in the BIG EAST this season and the game versus Villanova will be their final conference match of the season.
The Hoyas are led by Annie Wilson who has tallied 17 points this season (6G-5A). Goaltender Briana Pereira has 120 saves in goal for the Hoyas.