Field hockey splits weekend matchups

Nathan Meserve

The Wildcats field hockey team competed in the fifth Annual Vonnie Gros Classic at West Chester University this past weekend, ending a 12-day hiatus. Villanova entered the weekend without a win, recording an overtime loss at Monmouth and a loss to Maryland on a neutral site.

The Wildcats played two games over the weekend, losing to the No. 1-ranked North Carolina Tarheels on Friday and defeating the Columbia Lions on Saturday for their first win of the season.

The Villanova Wildcats fell to North Carolina (4-0) by a score of 7-1.

Junior goalkeeper Megan Goelz recorded a complete game effort, playing all 70 minutes and making 11 saves on 18 shots.

The Wildcats were only able to record five shots on goal against the Tar Heels, but North Carolina allowed its first goal of the season when senior forward Abby Sordoni scored in the second period off of a Villanova penalty corner.

Sordoni’s first goal of the season was assisted by senior forward Dana Ramsden and senior back Jordan Lynn.

The Tarheels had shut out their previous three opponents by a combined score of 11-0.

On Saturday, the Wildcats registered their first win of the 2010 season against Columbia in the first-ever matchup between the schools. During the second game of the Vonnie Gros Classic, Villanova was led by six seniors who combined for 14 points.

The game was tied 1-1 at 12:09 in the first period, but the Wildcats scored four unanswered goals to finish with a 5-1 win over the Lions.

Right back Ally Smith began the game with an unassisted goal, scoring at the 4:52 mark in the first period.

Goelz then allowed the only Columbia goal of the contest, finishing the game with three saves.

Dana Ramsden sealed the deal on offense for Villanova, contributing two goals to the Wildcat effort, scoring each within a span of two minutes.

The Wildcats ended the first half on a high note, stopping two Columbia shots and a corner chance. Midfielder Meghan Ryan added a goal and an assist in the second half, and forward Lauren Wuzzardo scored the fifth and final goal for Villanova.

On Monday, Ramsden was named to the Big East Honor Roll for her weekend performance at the classic.

Villanova begins its Big East schedule this Friday when they host the Connecticut Huskies in Villanova Stadium.

Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.