Strong Offense Leads Syracuse Past Villanova 19-7
April 5, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Sophomore Jackie Froccaro (Sands Point, N.Y.) tallied a team-high four goals and two assists but it wouldn't be enough to overcome the dominate Syracuse offense as the Wildcats (5-5, 0-2) fell to the Orange (6-3, 2-0) 19-7 on Friday afternoon at Villanova Stadium.
Froccaro gave Villanova the early 1-0 lead at the 24:47 mark but the Orange rattled off seven straight unanswered goals to rebound and outscored the Wildcats by a 12-3 mark after the first 30 minutes of play. SU's Alyssa Murray notched four of her five goals of the night during that stretch in addition to scores from Kayla Treanor, Kelly Cross, Erica Bodt, Michelle Tumolo, Amy Cross, Brenna Rainone and Kailah Kempney.
The Wildcats broke a 15:21 scoreless streak at the 9:26 mark when sophomore Elise Bendinelli (West Chester, Pa.) connected on a Froccaro assist to tally the second Wildcat score of the day. Classmate Jessica Mucci (Severna Park, Md.) tallied an unassisted score with 2:57 left in the half to put the third Villanova point of the day on the scoreboard.
Following intermission, Villanova began to stifle the Orange attack and held Syracuse to just seven goals in the final 30 minutes of play. The Wildcats saw three of Froccaro's four goals in the second stanza in addition to sophomore Hannah Goforth (Chester Springs, Pa.) finding the back of the net with just over five minutes remaining in the contest.
Syracuse's Kelly Cross, Devon Collins and Becca Block provided goals in addition to Treanor and Murray. Murray would finish the contest with a game-high seven points via five goals and two assists. Treanor added another five goals and one assist.
Defensively, senior Shawna Giust (Basking Ridge, N.J.) notched four draw controls while Mucci captured four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Senior goalkeepers Amanda Hirschfeld (Timonium, Md.) and Dani Wiedmeier (Westlake, Ohio) combined for eight saves.
Villanova will be back in action this coming Sunday, April 7th when the take on Connecticut. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.