Villanova Stuns Louisville
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- The No. 18 Wildcat field hockey team (12-4, 3-1 Big East) stunned the No. 13 Louisville Cardinals (10-6, 2-2 Big East), 6-5, to stay tied with Syracuse for first place in the Big East. Villanova came back from a 4-0 deficit at halftime and two overtimes to beat the Cardinals for the first time in the series history.
Louisville's second leading scorer, Janelle Avila, had a huge day snagging the first three goals of the afternoon. The Rhode Island native scored her first off of a penalty corner from Jen Kastelic and April White at 1:43. Her next two were both unassisted, one coming from a botched penalty corner at 9:26 and the other during a scramble in front of the goal at 15:41. Lisa Wasser added the final goal of the first half at 28:50 to make the score 4-0 at the break.
The Wildcats came out fired up in the second half as the momentum changed in their favor from the opening hit. Freshman Allison Boris (Shavertown, Pa./Lake Lehman) scored her fifth goal of the season at 41:14 when `Nova got the breakaway and Lauren Campanelli (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) found her for the Wildcats' first goal of the game. A minute later the two forwards traded roles as Boris hit Campanelli to get the ball past Card keeper, Marie-Claire Heller.
The nation's leading scorer, Jessica Javelet, attempted to stop the Villanova onslaught with her 22nd goal of the year from Jen Kastelic at 48:11, but this did not slow the Wildcats.
With the game at 5-2 and only ten minutes left, it looked as if the `Cats would run out of time, but the squad found three goals in a two and a half minute span to tie the game up. Stephanie Campbell (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional) rocketed the ball off of a penalty corner coming from Campanelli and stopper, Sara Schmidt (Mullica Hill, N.J./Wilmington Friends). Boris scored her second goal of the day tipping in a shot by Sarah Francis (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey). Just nineteen seconds later, senior captain Rory Rogers (Rosemont, Pa./Sacred Heart Academy) took matters into her own hands and beat Heller off of a pass from Megan Foster (Berlin, N.J./Bishop Eustace). This goal tied the game and sent it into overtime.
The first overtime was scoreless with each team's seven players chasing each other down. Wildcat substituted keeper, Alex Whalen (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), came up with two key saves in one on one situations. The `Cats were also faced two Cardinal penalty corners with no time on the clock at the end of the overtime.
Going into the second overtime Villanova was without its leading scorer, Foster, who went out with an injury. Rogers again played the hero and got the ball on the left side of the goal just a minute into the stanza. She had the defender on her back and spun right to find the back of the cage and make the final 6-5 as the Wildcats flooded the field.
"This was a total team effort," said Head Coach Joanie Q. Milhous. When asked about the final goal she said, "That goal shows what kind of person Rory Rogers is. She works hard and never gives up."
Heller took the loss for the Cardinals dropping them to second place in the Big East. Whalen had the win with her season record at 4-1. Louisville held the advantage in shots and penalty corners. `Nova registered 17 shots to Louisville's 25 and nine penalty corners to the Cards' twelve.
-- Courtesy Villanova