Wildcats Edge Iona in Overtime
March 4, 2006
VILLANOVA, Pa. - It took an extra period, but the Villanova women's lacrosse team was able to come through with the victory improving to 2-2 for the season and tying their win total from last year. The Wildcats took Iona College (0-2) to the wire and scored with thirty second left in the first half of overtime to beat the Gaels. This also marked the first home win for first-year coach Jebb Chagan.
Villanova got out to an early lead scoring three goals in the first ten minutes, one from sophomore Kathleen Kelly (Manhasset, N.Y.) and two from freshman Taylor Lucy (Ocean View, Del.). Finally Iona sophomore Katie Cavanaugh converted to bring the Gaels back into the game but Villanova answered with two more goals making the score 5-1.
With 51 seconds remaining in the first half, junior Christina Bahrs (Oceanport, N.J.) took a pass on the left side from Becky Gardner (Centerport, N.Y.) and scored giving the Wildcats their biggest lead of the game at 8-3. The excitement was diminished, however, as the Gaels found the back of the net one more time making it 8-4 at the break.
The teams traded goals in the beginning of the second before the Gaels charged back with a 4-0 run to tie it up. Gardner finally ended the rally with an unassisted goal at 12:16. Strong defense never allowed Iona to take the lead, but they hung in there with an answer for every Villanova goal.
Taylor Lucy tossed in her fourth score of the day with 44 seconds left to put the Wildcats up by one, but once again the Gaels fired back scoring with just 14 seconds on the clock to send it into overtime.
With the first three minutes of extra time winding down, Bahrs faked out a crowd of defenders at the top of the crease and sailed it past the `keeper to score the game winning goal. Iona had chances in the second half of overtime but big saves by goalkeeper, Jessica Brozena (West Long Branch, N.J.), allowed the Wildcats to hold on for the win, 15-14.
Lucy was Villanova's leading scorer with four goals, while Alex Garvey (Summit, N.J.) and Kelly both added hat tricks, with Kelly notching an assist. Bahrs tallied two goals along with Gardner. Stevie McFadden (Reisterstown, Md.) scored one on the afternoon.
Iona held a slight advantage in shots 32-31 and turnovers 23-29, but Villanova showed its defensive strength with 15 saves to the Gaels' 12.
Villanova's next game against Marist has been cancelled due to weather, so the Wildcats will continue their home stand with a game against Drexel on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.