March 30, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Cal broke a 5-5 deadlock 11 seconds into the second half and held the lead the rest of the way to defeat Villanova 10-6 in a lacrosse game played Friday evening at Villanova Stadium.
"I thought we competed for 60 minutes," stated Villanova head coach Julie Young. "We really did some good things in the first half and went back and forth with them. In the second half, we fell behind and we were pressing to try to come from behind. But I liked the way we competed from start to finish."
Junior Annie Fallon recorded a goal and an assist for the Wildcats while Megan Takacs and Vail Horn each netted three goals apiece for the Golden Bears.
The first half was tight from start to finish. Takacs opened the scoring at 27:19 when she converted a pass from Melissa Humphrey into a goal. Villanova's Al Brandenburg used her speed to create the equalizer at 25:12, firing a shot past the Golden Bears' Megan McGinnis to tie the game.
Fallon notched an unassisted goal with 17:48 to play in the period to give the Wildcats a lead before Takacs and Humphrey combined for another Golden Bear goal to even the score at two with 16:16 on the clock.
Sophomore Caroline Guidera put the `Cats back into the lead when her free position attempt found the back of the net at 15:48. It was 3-2 at that juncture.
However, Cal reeled off three straight goals, capped by a Paige Gasparino unassisted tally with 10:46 in the period to take a 5-3 lead.
Freshman Jessica Mucci pulled VU to within 5-4 by finishing off a free position attempt at 8:45 and then sophomore Katie Collopy tied the score a 5:24 when she notched a goal off a nice set-up pass from Fallon.
Cal owned a 19-13 edge in first half shots. Junior Amanda Hirschfeld made eight saves in the VU net while McGinnis was credited with four saves for the Golden Bears.
The Golden Bears regained the upper hand 11 seconds into the second half when Gasparino scored off a draw control. They then added two more goals sandwiched around a slick move from Justine Donodeo that resulted in a Wildcat goal. With 23:54 left in the period, Cal held an 8-6 advantage.
The lead grew to 9-6 when Horn scored for the Golden Bears at 15:06. She then added her second consecutive goal at 9:16 on a pass from Humphrey to extend the margin to 10-6.
There was no further scoring on the night as Cal completed the 10-6 triumph to improve to 5-5 overall while Villanova fell to 2-7 overall, 0-1 BIG EAST.
Cal outshot Villanova 31-21 and held a 19-12 advantage on ground balls. Hirschfeld ended the evening with 11 saves for the `Cats.
"I told Amanda after the game that I thought she was the best player on the field," stated Young.
The Wildcats will complete their five game homestand on Thursday afternoon when they host Rutgers in a BIG EAST duel at 4:00 p.m. at Villanova Stadium.