Field Hockey Splits Weekend Homestand

The Wildcats took down Bucknell on Friday before being routed Sunday by VCU.

Villanova evened up its record to 2-2 after taking down Bucknell Friday and falling to Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday.

The Wildcats defeated Bucknell (1-2) by a score of 3-1 and dropped a 7-1 decision to VCU.

Against Bucknell, sophomore forward Meghan Mitchell’s first goal, at the 7:15 mark of the game, gave Villanova a 1-0 lead. Mitchell, last season’s leading scorer for ‘Nova, was assisted by sophomore forward Amanda Middleman. 

Sophomore back Sabine de Ruijter followed by scoring the next Wildcat goal off of a penalty corner, with assists by senior Katie Capalbo and junior Caitlin Van Goeverden. 

Nearing the end of the game, freshman forward Anne Drabbe scored her first goal of her college career to seal the victory. Drabbe, a Netherlands native, chose to pursue her career at Villanova because of its academic and athletic reputation.

Friday’s win came from a dominant defensive effort particularly from senior goalkeeper Jordan McGinley, who posted a .833 save percentage.

Sunday, VCU got off to an early start, scoring just 3:02 into the first period. The Rams were able to score three more unanswered goals before sophomore forward Meghan Mitchell put the Wildcats on the board. Mitchell scored off of a penalty corner, assisted by sophomore Jamie Pennington and freshman Emma Schwarz. 

A season high total of nine shots were saved by the Villanova goaltenders. In the first three periods, senior Jordan McGinley turned down six shots, and freshman Emma Leppert saved three in the remaining moments. 

The goaltenders’ efforts were no match for the sixteen VCU shots on goal, however, as the Rams continued to find the back of the goal up through the very last minutes of the game.

Villanova travels to New Jersey on Friday to take on Monmouth at 7 p.m. before returning home on Sunday to face Penn at Noon.