March 13, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. - For the second consecutive contest the Villanova Women's Lacrosse team posted a 16-7 victory over their opponent, besting the Columbia Lions in New York, N.Y. Wednesday evening at Robert K. Kraft Field. With the win, the Wildcats improved to 3-3 overall while the Lions fell to 1-4.
Senior Maria Bowman and sophomores Jessica Mucci and Jackie Froccaro led the team with five points apiece and combined for 10 goals and five assists for the night. 10 different Wildcats posted points as senior goalkeeper Amanda Hirschfeld led a solid defensive effort with 12 saves.
Columbia was led by their all-time leading scorer in Kacie Johnson, who tallied three goals and two assists for the evening.
The Wildcats made quick work of the Lions as Froccaro notched the first score just 2:25 minutes into the contest off an unassisted play for the early 1-0 lead. After a quick goal from Johnson to even the game at 1-1, the Wildcats went on an eight goal run and held Columbia scoreless for 18:59 seconds during the first half of play. During that run, Froccaro notched four of her five tallies for the day while Shannon Galvin, Elise Bendinelli, Mucci and Bowman also contributed scores with assists from Kelsey Denihan, Ali Judge and Mucci.
With just 20 seconds remaining in the half, Columbia broke their scoring drought off a Katie Angulo goal to close the half at 9-2 in favor of Villanova.
The Wildcats kept up their offensive firepower following intermission, and freshman Chelsey Henderson put Villanova up 10-2 just 52 seconds into the half.
Columbia found themselves trading goals with Villanova with 25:49 left on the clock, but another Wildcat run with scores from Judge, Bowman gave the Wildcats a 15-5 lead with 9:38 left to play.
Caroline Guidera would tally the final Villanova score of the evening with just over five minutes remaining in the game for the 16-5 lead. Columbia's Angulo and Sarah Greenberg would notch the final scores of the contest to finalize the match at 16-7 in favor of the Wildcats.
Defensively, senior Shawna Giust led Villanova with one ground ball, three draw controls and two caused turnovers while Henderson added two ground balls and three caused turnovers of her own.
The Wildcats will return home to Villanova Stadium this Saturday when they host Davidson. Game time is slated for Noon on the Villanova University campus.