Oct. 26, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Wildcats (7-12, 2-4 BIG EAST) earned their second BIG EAST win with a 5-3 victory over Georgetown (2-16, 0-5 BIG EAST) in the final home game of the season. Leah High (Green Lane, Pa.) scored four of the five goals and the attack line consisting of High, Kayla Kenney (Warrington, Pa.) and Jessica Swoboda (Hanover Twp., Pa.) combined for all seventeen of Villanova's points on the night.
The Wildcats came out fired up and netted back-to-back-to-back goals in the first nine minutes of the contest. Leah High got on the scoreboard very early, registering her first goal of the night in the first fifteen seconds as Jessica Swoboda found her on a sweet pass across the circle into the left post.
High got her second score just minutes later when Kayla Kenney propelled a fast break pass up to Swoboda who again found High. High would then assist Kenney's goal in the ninth minute putting the Wildcats up 3-0. Georgetown answered back as Caitlin Hickey put the Hoyas on the scoreboard before halftime.
The Hoyas struck early in the second half when Annie Wilson got a ball behind goalkeeper Alex Diekmann within the first minute, putting Georgetown a goal behind Villanova at 3-2.
However, Leah High would make the game just out of reach with two more goals in the second half, including the fifth and final goal. Kayla Kenney assisted both goals and Jessica Swoboda added a helper on High's second score. The score would sit at 5-3 when the final horn sounded.
The three forwards dominated the scoreboard in both periods and made some outstanding plays in the circle, highlighting Villanova's offensive efforts. Head Coach Joanie Milhous commented on the girls' performance, "Kayla, Leah and Jess completely connected tonight. It was their best offensive performance all year as an attack line."
Swoboda ended the game with three assists, while Kenney tied a single-game high of five points with her goal and three assists. She now leads the team with nine assists.
Leah High registered a career single-game high with nine points. Her four goals tonight put her at 12 scores this season. On High's career game, Milhous said, "Leah had an incredible breakout scoring game."
Defensively, the Wildcats held back the Hoyas to only three shots in both the first and second periods. Alex Diekmann (Holmdel, N.J.) registered five saves on the game.
Villanova outshot Georgetown through both periods 18-8 and had an 8-6 corner play advantage.
The win was also highlighted by the celebration and outstanding performance of five seniors. Moriah Allen (Langhorne, Pa.), Kristen Davila (Holmdel, N.J.), Amy Jackson (Columbia, Pa), Kendall Kreisl (Voorhees, N.J.) and Olivia Maggitti (West Chester, Pa.) were honored for their hard work over their four-year careers before game time and played their final match under the lights at Villanova Stadium.
Villanova's post-season fate will be determined in the outcome of the Louisville versus Providence game tomorrow afternoon in Providence, Rhode Island.