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Laura Sylvester

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Broomall, Pa.

High School:
Marple Newtown

Height:
5-10

Position:
Defense

Birthdate:
04/09/1987

On Sylvester: Returning starter on defense who will once again help to anchor the center back position ... Fearless defender with a knack for clearing the ball out of dangerous situations in the box ... Has shown a great deal of improvement during her career.

Career: Has played in 58 games with 45 starts ... Used as a forward and defender as a freshman before taking over a starting role as a central defender at the beginning of her sophomore season ... Since becoming a starter along the back line has helped Villanova post 29 shutouts in 43 games the past two seasons ... The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 72-22 in that span.

2007: Started all 21 games at the center back position ... Led the entire team in minutes played with 1,962 and played every minute of each of the final 16 games ... Helped to lead a Villanova defense which was scored on just 11 times the entire year, matching the team's lowest number of goals allowed in a single season ... The Wildcats back line allowed a mere 5.1 shots on goal per game and just 11.1 shots overall ... Villanova outscored the opposition 33-11 for the season and posted 14 shutouts ... In regular season BIG EAST games the Wildcats posted seven shutouts in 11 games.

2006: Stepped into a starting role in the middle of the back line and flourished ... Started all 22 games on the season and helped lead a defense that surrendered a mere 11 goals for the year ... Villanova posted 15 shutouts and was scored on just twice in the first 15 games of the season ... The defense allowed opponents an average of fewer than five shots on goal per game ... Named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll on September 11 after the Wildcats posted shutout wins over Butler and LSU at the Navy Tournament.

2005: Worked her way into the team's regular rotation in games ... Received valuable experience playing defense but also flourished at times when used as a forward ... Played in 15 games overall and had two starts ... Villanova shut out the opposition in seven of the games she played ... Started two of seven Big East games she played in ... Registered 234 minutes played for the season.

Club Team and ODP Experience: Competed for the Vincent United club team.

Marple Newtown High School: All-Delco first team and All-Central first team selection ... Three-time team Most Valuable Player ... Also earned four varsity letters in basketball and lacrosse.

Academic and Community Honors: Two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... Named to the 2007 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team ... Chosen for the 2006 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team ... High school member of the National Honor Society ... Recipient of the Seventh Congressional District Scholar Athlete Award ... Also was a winner of her school's Scholar-Athlete award.

Personal: Born 4/9/87 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. ... Younger of two children of Bob and Janice Sylvester ... Has an older brother Brian (25) ... Chose to attend Villanova because of the school's academic reputation and the strength of the soccer program ... Majoring in Business.

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