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Wildcats Build Early Lead and Cruise Past Mount St. Mary's 16-7
Jessica Mucci

March 9, 2013

Box Score

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats (2-3 overall, 0-0 BIG EAST) scored seven of the game's first nine goals in the first half and cruised to a 16-7 victory over Mount St. Mary's (1-5 overall, 0-0 Northeast Conference) here on a bright afternoon filled with sunshine at Villanova Stadium.

Junior Ali Judge and senior Maria Bowman tallied three goals apiece for the Wildcats while sophomore Jessica Mucci contributed six assists. 12 different Wildcats were credited with at least one point on the afternoon.

Mount St. Mary's was led by Erin Seipp's two goals.

The Mountaineers had the better of the action in the contest's first five minutes and jumped out to a 1-0 lead 1:05 into the game when Seipp converted a free position attempt. But the Wildcats began to gain possession after that opening stretch and responded quickly with three consecutive goals.

The first Villanova score of the day came off the stick of Bowman, who registered an unassisted goal at 23:07. Mucci then set up a pair of goals from behind the cage, the first on a feed to Hannah Goforth and the second on a pass to Shannon Galvin. With just over 10 minutes gone, the Wildcats held a 3-1 edge.

Mount St. Mary's got to within 3-2 at 14:15 when Allie Fife notched an unassisted goal. But Chelsey Henderson (assist) and Jackie Froccaro (goal) teamed up on the fourth Wildcat goal of the day at 13:20 and that began a run for the Wildcats. In fact, Villanova would score seven of the final eight goals recorded before halftime to take a commanding 10-3 lead into the locker room at intermission.



Any hopes for a Mount St. Mary's comeback were extinguished early in the second half. VU reeled off six unanswered goals in the first 13 minutes of the second half to extend the lead to 16-3. The Mountaineers scored four goals over the game's final 15 minutes to make the final count 16-7.

Other notable efforts turned in came from Villanova's Annie Fallon, who added a goal and three assists and Elise Bendinelli, who chipped in with two goals.

Senior Amanda Hirschfeld earned the victory in net, making four saves in the 39:42 minutes of action she saw before being relieved by Julia Todd for the final 20:18. Hirschfeld's record improves to 2-2.