Wildcats Seized Advantage Early and Cruised Past Wagner 17-9
March 22, 2009
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats (2-6) took control early by scoring six unanswered goals in the game's first 11 minutes and went on to a 17-9 victory over Wagner (1-6) in a women's lacrosse game played on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Villanova Stadium. Seniors Tayrn McKenna and Katie Stone joined forces with junior Erica Rybinski to lead the way, with each scoring four goals in the win.
Stone got the `Cats off on the right foot with an unassisted goal just 16 seconds after the opening draw was won by teammate Carly Miller. Miller then won the second draw, Villanova took possession, and soon Rybinski had made it 2-0 on her own unassisted goal.
The Wildcats made sure that their early lead did not evaporate as it had on Thursday night here against Saint Joseph's. Senior Taylor Lucy took a nifty pass from McKenna at 26:11 to stake the `Cats to a three goal advantage. Stone, Lucy, and McKenna all score unassisted goals in the next seven minutes to give VU a 6-0 cushion.
Karen Vitkus got Wagner on the scoreboard off a feed from Terri Noll at 16:03. But MeKenna and Rybinski struck again with goals before Cara Gonzalez got one back for the Seahawks. The count was 11-4 in Villanova's favor in the second half.
The Wildcats kept the Seahawks at arm's length for the rest of the day. Villanova scored the first three goals of the second half and head coach Jebb Chagan substituted liberally in the second half.
In addition to her four goals, Rybinski was credited with a pair of assists. Lucy scored two goals for VU while Miller and Kim Wisniewski each found the back of the net for the Wildcats. Sophomore Maggie Langan made five saves in goal before giving way to junior Cassie Eure with just over six minutes left in the contest.
VU outshot Wagner 33-19 and had a 19-9 edge in draws controlled.
Next up for VU is a road game this Tuesday at Navy (6:30 p.m.).