Laura Koch
Laura Koch

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Blackwood, N.J.

High School:
Gloucester Catholic High School

Height:
5-9

Position:
Defense

Birthdate:
12/08/1983

On Koch: Athletic central defender ... The key to team's strong defense unit ... Amazing speed and athleticism ... Unparalleled level of commitment ... Extremely physical player ... Candidate to receive All-America honors.

2004: Earned NSCAA and Soccer Buzz All-Region first team honors ... Third team All-Big East selection ... One of only two players who have started each game the past two seasons ... Played a key role for a defensive unit that allowed only 16 goals in 22 games (0.70 goals-against average) and posted 10 shutouts ... The Wildcat defense helped the team get back to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season ... Also had one assist.

2003: Named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the Big East Championship ... Voted to the Soccer Buzz All-Region first team and NSCAA All-Region second team ... Helped to anchor a defense that led the Big East with a 0.46 goals-against average and 16 shutouts ... Both marks are school records ... One of five team players to start in all 25 games ... Dished out two assists on the year, both coming in a 3-0 win over Loyola on Oct. 28.

2002: Competed in 20 games and made eight starts ... Helped the Wildcat defensive unit limit opponents to 0.53 goals per game ... Played in six Big East regular season games, in which Villanova held the opposition to 0.79 goals per game.

Gloucester Catholic High School: Selected to the NJGSA All-State team ... Named the Most Valuable Player at the Senior All-State Game ... South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year ... Led Gloucester to undefeated 25-0 season and a state championship in 2000 ... Played with current Wildcat teammate Lindsey Finnegan ... Also a member of the track team and holds the school record in the shot put.

Club Team and ODP Experience: Team captain for the Mount Laurel Shockwaves club team ... Was teammates on that squad with current Villanova players Kelly Breslin, Lindsey Finnegan and Jillian Loyden, as well as Villanova alum Regina Villari.

Personal: Born 12/8/83 ... One of five children of John and Janet Koch ... Has a sister who plays soccer for Montclair State College ... Majoring in Liberal Arts.

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