Season Recap: Field Hockey

Tony Lovisa

The women’s field hockey team soared through the season on its way to a 13-8 record and the Big East tournament semifinals. The Wildcats were nearly unbeatable at home, combining for an 8-1 record in the Villanova Stadium.

The season began with back-to-back wins at home against Appalachian State and Monmouth. At the Hofstra Invitational, the Wildcats lost to host Hofstra but then bounced back to defeat Quinnipiac in the final game. Returning to the Villanova Stadium, the Wildcats experienced their only home defeat against rival Drexel. Following the upset of No. 14 Iowa, the Wildcats fell to No. 4 North Carolina.

After this loss, the team went on a seven-game winning streak. Six of the seven wins came at home, including wins against Big East foes Connecticut, Rutgers and Syracuse. This impressive streak was halted by losses to No. 5 Duke and eventual Big East co-champion Louisville. The Wildcats again bounced back with a 4-3 overtime win against St. Joseph’s. After dropping two straight, the ‘Cats closed out the regular season with a 2-0 shutout win at Big East rival Georgetown.

The team’s conference record of 4-2 not only qualified for the Big East tournament but locked up the No. 3 seed. For the Wildcats, waiting in the semifinals were the Friars of Providence. The Wildcats were unable to escape with a win and fell to the Friars for the second time in the season.

Villanova senior Megan Foster was named to the All-Big East First Team and the Second Team All-American. She also broke the Villanova all-time points record and the all-time goals record. On March 6, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association named six Wildcats to the National Academic Squad, including three from the senior class