VILLANOVA, PA. – Four different Wildcats had four points in Villanova’s 20-12 victory over Drexel on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore attack Liz Trojan (Airmont, N.Y.) and junior attack Jillian Swikart (Chatham, N.J.) had four goals each. Sophomore attack Katie Comerford (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) had three goals and one assist while sophomore attack Ashley Lynch (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) tallied four assists. This was Villanova’s first win over Drexel since 2014.
Drexel got on the board first, but the Wildcats responded with back to back goals. Comerford scored and then assisted Liz Trojan to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. Drexel re-tied the game at two, only for Villanova to retake the lead 27 seconds later when Lynch fed Swikart for a goal. Junior attack Devon Brown (Basking Ridge, N.J.) scored two straight unanswered goals to give the Wildcats a 5-2 lead but the Dragons came fighting back scoring on two free position shots. Drexel then took advantage of a man-up opportunity to tie the game at five. Villanova regained the lead when sophomore midfielder Grainger Rosati (Boonton Township, N.J.) found the back of the net on another assist from Lynch. Swikart buried a free position shot to give the Wildcats a 7-5 lead, but Drexel scored on another free position chance to bring the score within one. Junior midfielder Carlye Maita (Mendham, N.J.) scored with 1:42 left in the half to give Villanova an 8-6 lead at halftime.
Just 22 seconds into the second half, Trojan scored on an assist from Lynch to get the Wildcats going. Swikart scored her third goal of the day followed by Trojan’s third goal of the day to give Villanova a commanding 11-6 lead just four and a half minutes in. Drexel responded with three consecutive goals of their own, forcing the Wildcats to take a timeout with the score at 11-9. Villanova continued to create possessions on the draw, winning 22 draw controls to Drexel’s 12 on the game. The Wildcats scored on two free position shots, giving Trojan and Swikart their fourth goals of the game. Maita then found senior midfielder Devin Hassinger (Glenmoore, Pa.) for a goal to give Villanova a 14-9 lead. Rosati scored next on a free position shot for the Wildcats’ fourth straight goal, leading 15-9. The Dragons stopped Villanova’s run momentarily with a goal, but the Wildcats began to put the game away after that. Comerford scored twice and sophomore midfielder Kim McDonough (Pennington, N.J.) scored once to put Villanova up 18-10 with 10:46 remaining. Sophomore midfielder Maggie Jennings (Fair Haven, N.J.) and freshman attack Nicole Concannon (Syosset, N.Y.) both found the back of the net with under ten minutes remaining, sealing the Wildcats victory 20-12.
Villanova took 43 shots to Drexel’s 22. They also won the ground ball battle 13 to 6. Senior goalkeeper Julia Michaels (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) made five saves on the game. Head Coach Julie Young had this to say following the win, “After our loss to Jacksonville we wanted to get back to playing our game today. We were fired up from the beginning and played a strong 60 minutes. We definitely had a lot of opportunities on the attack and capitalized on some really nice plays. The defense played strong and did a great job of matching up with Drexel's top attackers. I'm really proud of how tough we played today.”
The Wildcats wrap up their non-conference schedule with a home game Tuesday, March 13th, at 7 p.m. versus Rutgers.