Wildcats Lose Close Battle to No. 20/11 Navy
Feb. 26, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 9-8 loss to No. 20/11 Navy Wednesday afternoon at Villanova Stadium.
"I'm really proud of our defense for being able to adjust," said head coach Julie Young. "Navy was changing its offensive plan and we were able to adjust and play with them. We had only practiced our game plan, so it was nice to see it transition so well to the game."
The Wildcats got on the board first with a goal from sophomore midfielder Shannon Galvin, assisted by junior attack Jessica Mucci, three minutes into the game. The Midshipmen scored four consecutive goals to take a 4-1 lead.
Villanova began to come back against the ranked team with a Becca Hetrick free position goal at 14:38. Galvin scored two minutes later to cut the Navy lead to one.
Sophomore attack Meghan Breen tied the game at four at 8:01 on a free position shot. The teams played back and forth for the next seven minutes before Mucci fed freshman defender Mariah Salerno from behind the crease and Villanova took a 5-4 lead into halftime.
"The defense played great," said Young. "After we got down by a few goals, they were communicating and causing turnovers. The first half was great. We were down 4-1 and we came back to take the lead at halftime. It was a really good first half for us."
Navy tied the game and took the lead within the first five minutes of the second half. Mucci and Galvin connected for their second goal in the game to tie it at six.
The Midshipmen took the lead again at 19:27 and the teams played for nearly 10 minutes without a goal before Loren Generi, who ended the game with four goals, scored to give Navy an 8-6 lead.
Hetrick scored her second of the game at 7:03 to again put the Wildcats within one. Navy increased its lead with a goal at 2:14, but sophomore attack Kelsey Denihan brought Villanova back with a goal at 1:30. The Wildcats pressed, but were unable to capitalize and finished the game down by one goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jaclyn Fraum made a few huge saves to keep the Wildcats in the game. As time was running out at the end of the first half, she stopped the ball on the doorstep of the goal to prevent Navy from tying. She also made a big save halfway through the second to keep the Midshipmen lead at one. Fraum ended the game with five saves.
Galvin had three goals in the game while Mucci finished with four assists. Navy averaged 17 goals per game coming into Wednesday's contest, but Villanova's defense held the Midshipmen to just nine goals.
The teams were even with 15 shots apiece. Navy held a 15-8 advantage in ground balls and a 13-5 advantage in draw controls.
The Wildcats travel to Bucknell on Saturday, March 1 for their first road game in Lewisburg, Pa., at 1 p.m.