Jacksonville, Fla. – Jillian Swikart (Rumson, N.J.) scored five goals but Jacksonville edged Villanova 19-11 in their first ever matchup. The Wildcats are now 3-2 on the season.
Just two minutes into the game, Jacksonville converted off of a Villanova turnover to net the first goal of the game. They scored the first four goals of the contest, two on free position shots, to take a 4-0 lead through the first eight minutes of the half. The Wildcats got on the board for the first time with 21:31 on the clock when Katie Comerford (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) found Jillian Swikart for a goal. Immediately after, Villanova won the draw and scored on a goal from Grainger Rosati (Boonton Township, N.J.), assisted by Ashley Lynch (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.). With 18 minutes remaining in the half, Swikart buried a free position shot, followed by her third goal of the day on another assist from Comerford to tie the game at 4-4. The Dolphins took a timeout then regained the lead 5-4 by scoring on their first possession. Jacksonville rattled off three more goals before Swikart stopped the run with her fourth goal of the day on a man-up opportunity to bring the Wildcats to an 8-5 deficit. The Dolphins scored again, but a Jacksonville yellow card gave Villanova a chance to respond. They took advantage of another man-up situation as Ashley Lynch scored on a free position shot to make the score 9-6. The Dolphins scored a man-up goal to put the Wildcats down four, 10-6, at the half.
Villanova struck first to start the second half when Kim McDonough (Pennington, N.J.) scored on a free position shot. Jacksonville answered quickly, scoring right off the draw control. The Dolphins got another yellow card and Villanova made the best of it when Rosati found Carlye Maita (Mendham, N.J.) on a goal bringing the Wildcats to down three again, 11-8. The Wildcats goalkeeper Khaia Baranowski (Marlton, N.J.) came up with a pair of big saves but Jacksonville netted a free position chance to take a 12-8 lead. The Dolphins scored three more unanswered goals to take a 15-8 lead forcing Villanova to take a timeout with under 11 minutes left in the game. Comerford scored out of the timeout but the Wildcats couldn’t stop the Dolphins offense. Jacksonville scored four more goals in the game to Villanova’s two. Swikart scored her fifth goal of the game and Lynch scored on the Wildcats last possession but Jacksonville came away with a 19-11 win.
Baranowski made 11 saves for Villanova. The biggest difference in the game came on Jacksonville’s 41 shots to Villanova’s 25. The Dolphins were able to get 33 shots on goal to the Wildcats 21 and won the ground ball battle 23 to 13.
Villanova returns home Saturday, March 10th to take on Drexel at 1 p.m.