Late Rally Not Enough to Push Wildcats Over Lehigh in Close 10-9 Loss
Feb. 16, 2013
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A three-goal rally with 7:42 remaining in the contest gave the Wildcats a fighting chance to tie the Mountain Hawks, but Villanova couldn't find the game-equalizing score to force overtime at Ulrich Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon, falling 10-9 to Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa.
Villanova bookended the contest with three goals to begin and end the game and was led by the career-high five goal performance from sophomore Jackie Froccaro (Sands Point, N.Y.). Four other Wildcats provided points including scores from junior Ali Judge (Annapolis, Md.), freshman Shannon Galvin (Maplewood, N.J.) and Froccaro in the final ten minutes of the match.
Head Coach Julie Young states, "We played with a lot more urgency and fight in the second half. We put ourselves in a position to compete had a great opportunity to tie and win, unfortunately we fell short. We competed well. We had a little lull in the first half but we finished strong. Jackie (Froccaro) stepped up and was a big spark for us in the last 30 minutes."
It was with that spark that got the Wildcats on the board to begin the contest, notching three straight goals within six and a half minutes to take the early 3-0 lead. Froccaro found the back of the net just 1:03 into the game to put the Wildcats on top for the first score of the season, while senior Maria Bowman (Ft. Belvoir, Va.) connected on a free position opportunity for the follow-up point. Galvin notched her first career goal just five minutes later from an Annie Fallon (Shrewsbury, N.J.) assist for the third-straight score.
The Mountain Hawks then rallied back with seven straight goals to end the half and held Villanova scoreless for 25:42, including two goals and one assist from Carli Sukonik during that period. Lehigh also saw goals from Julie McBrien, Anna Patterson, Kendall Garden and Kris Abens to give the Hawks a 7-3 lead going into intermission.
The Wildcats dominated the second half of play, outscoring Lehigh by a 6-3 margin in the final 30 minutes. Froccaro tallied four of Villanova's six goals in the second stanza while Judge and Galvin notched scores with 7:42 and 4:15 remaining in the contest. With just 3:36 to play, Froccaro put the Wildcats in a position to tie at 10-9 but Villanova couldn't find the equalizer in the final minutes.
Villanova won the ground ball game 10-9 over Lehigh and was led by two pickups each from Galvin and Bowman. Galvin also posted four draw controls while senior Shawna Giust (Basking Ridge, N.J.) tallied three on the day. The Wildcats also saw action from three goalkeepers; junior Julia Todd (Boston, Mass.) and seniors Amanda Hirschfeld (Timonium, Md.) and Dani Wiedmeier (Westlake, Ohio) who combined for five saves.
Lehigh goalkeeper Alex Fitzpatrick totaled seven saves for the Lehigh victory.
"This game showed what we can accomplish this year," continued Young. "We can learn from this, keep our eyes forward and get ready for Princeton. We just need to take how we finished and build on that for the entire game."
The Wildcats will look to rebound in their next contest a week from today when they travel to Princeton, N.J. to face the Tigers, who are receiving votes in the latest deBeer Media Poll. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. in the Class of 1952 Stadium.