‘Cats capture fifth straight against LaSalle

Andrea Lorelli

The woman’s field hockey team kept its winning streak alive with a big win against LaSalle on Tuesday. The offense for the squad was dominant, outshooting LaSalle 23-7.

The first goal came from Rory Rogers, who scored right before the 17-minute mark, followed by a goal from teammate Leah Lisausky, who scored six minutes later on a pass from Sarah Francis. Lisausky is now tied for 10th place on Villanova’s all-time points list.

Christina Lugones added on the third and final goal in the second half to close out the victory. LaSalle tried to bounce back into the game with a goal from Amanda Spaulding with about 20 minutes left, but it was not enough for LaSalle, and the strong ‘Nova defense kept the score at 3-1.

Improving to 10-5, the victory over the Explorers was the team’s fifth win in a row, with previous victories over St. Joe’s, Syracuse, Monmouth and No. 12 ranked Boston College. Senior forward Christina Lugones comments on the team’s success.

“We have been working really well together,” Lugones said. “The Boston College game was a really encouraging display of just how good we can be when we do just that.”

The team has definitely improved this season and is striving to beat its runner-up status of last year. Winning five straight is a feat that Lugones says is not easy.

“We have just been trying to put things together and keep our level of play up,” Lugones said.  “At some point in every season, there comes a pivotal point where you decide what kind of team you are going to become.  We have committed ourselves to picking up our play both as a team and individually and in that, there is no letting down from here on out.” The women have their last home game against Providence this Sunday and a win would mean at least a share of the 2003 Big East regular season title.

Lugones wants nothing but the best from her team as they begin to close out the regular season. “We are practicing to win because we are preparing to become Big East champions,” she said.  

“As runners-up the past two years, we are no longer settling for second-best. We are no longer settling for anything less than our best,” Lugones added.