Field Hockey: Villanova shuts out Siena to gain first win

Allison Venella

Over Labor Day weekend, while most Villanova students were enjoying the last weekend of summer, the field hockey team was out winning a game against Siena College, 10-0.

The team collected its first win of the season. The Siena Saints only had one opportunity to score as the ‘Nova defense kept their sticks at bay.

Meg Ryan, a freshman forward scored four goals for the Wildcats and added two assists in the second game of her collegiate career. With six other players scoring goals, the whole team contributed to the win.

Ryan scored three of Villanova’s first four goals, with assists from senior captains Stephanie Campbell and Catherine Somits. Along with Ryan’s three first-half goals were goals from freshman Lauren Wuzzardo and junior Sam Coveleski, who each scored to help ‘Nova take a 5-0 lead at halftime.

After the half, junior Allison Boris and sophomore Emily Donaldson both got the ball past the Saints’ goalkeeper within the first 10 minutes of second-half play.

The Siena Saints then subbed, adding a new goalkeeper, but that was no challenge for Campbell, who scored off a penalty corner. Somits and Ryan added the ninth and 10th goals of the game to give ‘Nova the 10-0 win.

Not only did the offense have a stellar day, but the defense played flawlessly to give ‘Nova an effort that the Saints could not overcome. Red- shirt freshman goalkeeper Maura McCormick only had one shot to save and notched her first season- and career-shutout with the win.

Looking to continue the winning momentum, the Wildcats took on the Drexel Dragons at Drexel at 7p.m. yesterday. They play again Saturday in West Chester, Pa., versus North Carolina at 2:30 p.m.