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Field Hockey Hits the Road for BIG EAST Game at Villanova

Bobcats Look to Bounce Back to Level Conference Record

Quinnipiac Bobcats (4-6, 1-2 BIG EAST) at
Villanova Wildcats (4-7, 1-2 BIG EAST)
Friday, October 5th, 2018 | 4:00 PM
Villanova Field Hockey Field | Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
All-Time Series vs. Villanova: 2-2 (lost last meeting, 2-1, on 9/29/17)
 
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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac Field Hockey team heads down I-95 for a BIG EAST showdown with the Villanova Wildcats this Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. in search of their second BIG EAST win of 2018.
 
Last Time Out
The Bobcats traveled to Liberty for a BIG EAST matchup, following the then-No. 20 Flames, 8-1, at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. Brooke Whipkey (Charlotte, North Carolina) scored the lone goal for the Bobcats and Alyssa Watson (Honesdale, Pennsylvania) had a defensive save while Alicia Galasso (Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania) had nine saves in goal.
 
Scouting Villanova
The Wildcats enter Friday's contest riding a two-game losing streak after falling to Providence in overtime last Friday, 1-0 and falling to Lafayette, 5-2, in non-conference play on Monday. On the season, Villanova stands and 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the BIG EAST. The Wildcats' lone BIG EAST win of the season came against Georgetown on September 14th when they defeated the Hoyas, 5-2. Megan Vermeil leads the Wildcats with six goals and two assists for 14 points while Lydia Sydnor has five goals and two assists. In the cage, Erika Miller has made 52 saves and has a 2.72 GAA to go with her .634 save percentage.
 
All-Time Against Villanova
The Bobcats are 2-2 all-time against the Wildcats, with Villanova taking last season's game, 2-1, in Hamden. Quinnipiac last beat Villanova in its first season of BIG EAST play, taking down the Wildcats, 5-2, on the road led by two goals from Lauren Belskie '18. The Bobcats also won a non-conference game against Villanova in 2014.
 
National Leader
Midfielder Ines Ruiz Martinez (Madrid, Spain) maintained her national lead in defensive saves over the weekend despite not recording another defensive save. Ruiz Martinez has five on the season to hold the national lead. This is not the first time the Bobcats have had a national leader in defensive saves as former Bobcat Angie King '17 totaled 13 defensive saves as a senior and was crowned the statistical champion. As a team, Quinnipiac has seven defensive saves which is tied for third in the nation.
 
Major Key
Whipkey's goal was her second of the season, and of her career, after her marker at the Flames. She previously scored her first goal of her career against Brown in a 6-1 win. Whipkey now has six points on the season from two goals and two assists after not playing in a game as a freshman in 2017.
 
Lending a Helping Hand
Bianka Strubbe (Wroclaw, Poland) notched her first career point with an assist on Whipkey's goal, firing a long pass from the right corner to Whipkey in the circle. Strubbe has been one of the Bobcats top players in the midfield and along the attack as she is second on the team with 14 shots and seven shots on goal.
 
Making an Impact
One game after recording her first career goal, Watson picked up her first career defensive save for the Bobcats at Liberty. Early in the second half, Watson made her way behind Galasso in goal to knock down a shot from Liberty.
 
Big Time Saves
Galasso came off the bench for the Bobcats with a dominating performance as she stopped a season-high nine shots on goal. Making just her third appearance, Galasso made as many saves in last Friday's game as she did in her first two appearances combined.
 
Mak Attack
Makayla Adams (Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania) has been among the best players on the team this season, tallying 10 points with four goals and two assists. Adams is the first Quinnipiac freshman since Danielle Allan '15 in 2011 to record at least 10 points in her first season with the program.
 
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