Women’s club field hockey goes undefeated

Katrine Herrick

Six a.m. practices, three times a week for only three games was the incentive that a large group of girls had for coming to play for the newly-recognized women’s Club Field Hockey team. Surprisingly, that proved incentive enough to attract over forty girls to the field. Eventually, the team would be cut down to 24.

On Oct. 1 the team competed in its first game of the season against St. Joseph’s University. From the flawless passing and communication and superb speed and stick skills displayed by the girls, it was hard to believe that they had only been playing together for three weeks. The team unity paid off as Villanova convincingly defeated St. Joe’s, 3-0. Christie Parrett and Liz Chin were credited with the shutout.

A few weeks later the team traveled to Lafayette for a double-header with both Lafayette and Rutgers (Camden). Going into the first game against Lafayette, Villanova felt slightly hesitant. It was the first time all season that the team had played on grass. However, in spite of the disadvantage, Villanova still dominated.

By the end of the first half, the team led Lafayette by three. Villanova would score one more goal to ultimately shut out the competition, 4-0.

With little rest in between games, Villanova next faced Rutgers. Although still tired from the first game, the team managed to come togeter to once again defeat, and shutout, its opponent. Mary Ellen Macek scored two goals, one in each half, to help Villanova maintain its perfect record.

After the success of this year’s season, the women’s club field hockey team is already looking ahead. The girls are hoping to expand their schedule and eventually join the National Field Hockey League. With the majority of the team members returning, next season is full of promise. With the majority of the team members returning, next season is full of promise.