On Carugati: A tenacious defender who is a leader for Villanova in the middle of the back line ... Brings size and presence to the center back position ... Smart player with a great feel for the game.
Career: Has appeared in 35 games with 32 starts ... The team's defense has posted six shutouts in the 35 games she has played in while recording a 57-45 scoring margin ... Has taken 14 shots and has two shots on goal.
BIG EAST Regular Season: Has played in 12 games with 11 starts ... Villanova defense has limited opposing teams to 17 goals in those 12 games ... Has attempted three shots on the offensive end.
BIG EAST Championship: Played in the first round of the conference tournament against Connecticut at home during the 2009 season.
NCAA Tournament: Made her NCAA Tournament debut in a first round game against Washington State during the 2009 season.
2012: Started in the first five matches of the season as a defensive back for the Wildcats before suffering an ACL tear that ended her playing career... Helped lead Villanova to a 1-3-1 record to begin the 2012 season, while aiding the Wildcats to a 0-0 tie against nationally-ranked Maryland (Aug. 19).
2011: Started all 16 of the games she played in and was one of the team's center backs ... Helped lead a defense which limited opponents to six shots on goal per game and eight games surrendering no more than one goal ... Tallied one assist on the season, which came in a 3-2 win at Georgia ... Attempted seven shots and had two shots on goal; BIG EAST: Started eight conference games and helped Villanova to a 4-4 record in those contests, while allowing 14 goals and an average of 6.2 shots on goal per game ... Attempted one shot.
2010: Received a medical redshirt for the season.
2009: Played in 14 games with 11 starts as a central defender ... Started the first 11 games she appeared in before missing time with an injury, returning to play in three contests late in the year ... Villanova outscored the opposition by a 23-12 margin in the 14 games she played, while posting four of its seven shutouts ... Attempted seven shots during the year; BIG EAST: Appeared in four regular season BIG EAST games with three starts ... The Wildcats defense allowed just three goals in the four games and permitted 30 shots on goal ... Took two shots on the offensive end; BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP: Came off the bench to play six minutes of an eventual 1-1 draw against Connecticut in the first round of the conference tournament ... Then delivered one of four penalty kicks in a shootout that sent the Wildcats on to the quarterfinal round of the tournament; NCAA TOURNAMENT: Played 78 minutes off the bench in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Washington State ... The Villanova defense allowed just three shots on goal in the game.
Club Team and ODP Experience: Plays for the FC Bucks Vipers ... Starting defender for eight years ... Six-time Eastern PA State Cup champions ... 2008 Premier League champions ... 2008 and 2009 Region 1 champions ... Placed third at 2008 national championship ... Ranked No. 2 in the nation and first in the state and region in 2009 ... Teammate of fellow Wildcat Heidi Sabatura.
Pennington School: Four-year letterwinner ... Named second team All-Prep by the Trentonian in 2006 and was a first team selection in 2008 ... Star Ledger All-Prep First Team in 2008 ... Chosen for the Mercer 33 team in 2007 and 2008 ... Team won four straight New Jersey Prep A state championships from 2005-08 ... Selected by Top Drawer Soccer as a `Player to Watch' ... Played in the New Jersey Mercer County Tournament (2005, 2007, 2008) and the McDonough Tournament (2005, 2006, 2008) ... Team became the first in Pennington girls' soccer history to go undefeated (18-0) and was ranked first in the nation by ESPN and NSCAA/adidas ... Also won four varsity letters in track and three in basketball ... Made her school's Dean's List.
Personal: Born 3/19/91 in Newtown, Pa. ... Younger of two children of Jeffrey and Debbie Carugati ... Has an older brother, Joe (23) ... Chose to attend Villanova for its great academics and the soccer team ... Majoring in Communications ... Hopes to one day become a teacher.
Nike Tribe Fairfield Inn & Suites All-Tournament Team Sept. 2/4, 2011 BIG EAST Academic All-Star 2009, 2010
Points: 1, at Georgia (Aug. 28, 2011)