March 22, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Led by the four-point performances of Jessica Mucci, Chelsey Henderson and Maria Bowman, the Villanova Wildcats (5-3) posted a dominate 19-8 victory over Marquette (2-7) on Friday evening in Milwaukee, Wis. With the win, the Wildcats improved to 5-3 on the year before entering BIG EAST action on Sunday while the Golden Eagles fell to 2-7 on the season. 10 different Wildcats tallied points on the night.
With her three goals and one assist, Bowman notched the 100th point of her career and added two more to tally 102 career points off of 69 goals and 33 assists during her four years on the Main Line.
After opening up a 10-5 advantage in the first half, the Wildcats went on a seven goal run in the second stanza and held the Golden Eagles scoreless for 12:19 spanning from the 18:04 mark and lasting until 5:44 left on the clock in the half. During that run, Henderson, Bowman, Mucci along with Kelsey Denihan, Jackie Froccaro and Hannah Goforth ratcheted off scores while Annie Fallon, Mucci and Froccaro provided assists. Meredith Mangiarotti tallied the final two Wildcat scores for the evening to solidify the victory at 19-8.
The Wildcats opened the contest with two scores just 1:46 into play from Fallon and Froccaro to take an early two-goal lead before Marquette took a 3-2 advantage with three straight goals from Nicole Gleason and Claire Costanza. Villanova responded by outscoring the Golden Eagles by an 8-2 margin in the remaining 15 minutes of the half with Henderson, Bowman, Mucci, and Shannon Galvin finding the back of the net and giving the Wildcats a 10-5 lead at intermission.
Villanova held the advantage in nearly every statistical category for the evening including going a perfect 12-for-12 in clears and winning the ground ball battle 15-10. Senior Shawna Giust collected a game-high three ground balls and six draw controls for the night while classmate Amanda Hirschfeld posted seven saves in the victory. Dani Wiedmeier closed out the game with three stops in net.
Marquette was led by the four point performance of Hayley Baas. Sarah Priem made five stops in goal for the loss while Emma Salter finished the contest in net.
The Wildcats will begin BIG EAST play on Sunday when they travel to No. 7 Notre Dame. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. at Arlotta Stadium in South Bend, Ind.