Field hockey defeats Bucknell, scores four unanswered

Sean McManus

The field hockey team looked impressive in a 4-2 victory over in-state rival Bucknell University on Sunday afternoon at Villanova Stadium.

The Wildcats asserted themselves early on with a goal by junior Lauren Wuzzardo only 2:49 minutes into the game to give the ‘Cats a 1-0 advantage. The potent offensive attack continued as junior Meredith Sabatini tacked on another goal in the Wildcats’ favor a mere seven minutes after Wuzzardo’s goal.

Villanova’s aggressive style of play kept the Bucknell Bison on the defensive for the first half after they jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of play.

Junior Meg Ryan capped off a tremendous first half for the ‘Cats as she unleashed a shot that rattled into the back of the cage at the 32:23 mark. All three goals for the Wildcats in the first half were unassisted.

Continuing where they left off in the first half, the ‘Cats looked to Sabatini and junior Dana Ramsden as they connected on a perfectly designed corner play, which ultimately ended in Sabatini knocking the ball into the back of the net to get the crowd excited for the 4-0 Villanova lead.

However, two minutes later in the 47th minute, Bucknell’s Austin Thomas rifled a shot past Villanova sophomore goalie Megan Goelz to finally put the Bison on the board.

Junior goalie Maura McCormick finished off the game in goal for the Wildcats. Even though they found themselves down by three, the Bison still had hopes of a comeback as Mallory Smith gathered a pass from Austin Thomas and put the ball passed McCormick at the 56:01 minute mark for the Bison’s second goal of the game.

Villanova’s defense remained strong for the rest of the game and prevented any hopes of a Bucknell comeback The Wildcats managed to fire 10 shots on goal, while the Bison could only get off three shots against a steadfast Villanova defense. The junior class for the Wildcats had a tremendous day, as it scored all four goals. The ‘Cats took the advantage in corners against Bucknell, 18-11, respectively. The Wildcats take the field again in October 3rd matchup against Providence on the road. This will be Villanova’s first true road game since early September.