Sept. 12, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - After concluding their non-conference slate with a dramatic 3-2 victory over La Salle, Villanova (2-4-2) looks ahead to the start of their BIG EAST schedule when they face No. 21 Rutgers (7-1) and Seton Hall (5-3) this Friday and Sunday in Piscataway and South Orange, N.J. this weekend.
2012 marks the second-straight year Villanova will begin conference action on the road. Last year, Rutgers defeated Villanova 2-1 at Yurcak Field and holds the overall advantage in the all-time series at 13-7-8. The Scarlet Knights have climbed the national standings and currently hold steady at No. 21 in the NSCAA rankings, and are currently in first place in the National Division in the BIG EAST.
RU holds wins over Monmouth (W, 3-0), Ohio State (W, 1-0, 2OT), Bucknell (W, 2-1), Siena (W, 1-0), Sam Houston State (W, 2-0), Stony Brook (W, 2-0) and Dartmouth (W, 2-1). The lone loss of the season comes from Texas A&M, a 4-1 defeat in College Station, Texas.
The Scarlet Knights are led by Jonelle Filigno, whose 16 points via seven goals and two assists currently ranks 13th in the NCAA in total points and 6th in total goals. Her four game-winning goals place her 2nd in the nation. Maria Gerew's one goal and two assists land her second on the team with four total points.
The 8 p.m. game can be seen live on Rutgers RVision on www.scarletknights.com with Danny Breslauer and Kyle Franco on the call.
On Sunday, the Wildcats make the short trek to South Orange to take on the Seton Hall Pirates at Owen T. Carroll Field for a 1 p.m. matchup. The Pirates were a participating team in the Villanova Classic less than a week ago and fell in both of their contests to La Salle (L, 6-2) and William & Mary (L, 1-0). On the year, SHU has seen wins over Long Island (W, 2-0), Iona (W, 1-0), Lehigh (W, 2-0), Monmouth (W, 3-0) and Delaware (W, 2-1 OT). Seton Hall also fell against Army 1-0 in West Point, N.Y.
SHU is led by Ashley Clarke's nine points (2g, 5a) and is followed closely behind by Marie Klemme (3g, 2a). Defensively, Gina Maiorana and Alyssa Kelly have split time in net, with Kelly owning a 2.00 goals against average and a 1-3 record.
Live video will be available for the game via the Pirate Sports Network at www.shupirates.com .