09 Dec 2021 | 11:29 | Field Hockey
Conshohocken, Pa. – The Wildcat field hockey team dropped a 6-2 decision Friday evening to the No. 17 ranked Connecticut Huskies. The loss puts Villanova at 5-9 overall and 1-4 in BIG EAST play, while UConn improves to 8-7 and 4-1 in conference play.
The Huskies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half. The visitors scored their first goal 1:49 into the match and added two more in the second period.
Coming out of the break, Villanova was aggressive on attack, looking to put their first score on the board. Meghan Mitchell dribbled the ball from the midfield line into the shooting circle and set up classmate Amanda Middleman for a scoring chance. Middleman’s shot gave the Wildcat’s their first goal of the game, to make the score 3-1 just minutes into the third period.
Later in the same period, the Wildcats kept their momentum going, cutting the UConn lead down to one, off a Sabine de Ruijter shot. Jamie Pennington sent in a ball off a penalty corner, that was settled by Caitlin Van Goeverden at the top of the circle. De Ruijter was able to get off an open shot to put a second score on the board, making the contest 3-2 at the 36:24 mark.
The Huskies would hold their lead into the fourth quarter and add three more goals in the frame, including an empty net goal.
For Villanova, Jordan McGinley and Claire Borman both saw action in goal, each playing one half.
Pennington recorded her first defensive save of the season, making the team total nine through 13 games.
Villanova will travel to Wagner on Sunday with a 12 PM start time. The road match will being the final four game road trip on the season for the team.