April 11, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Four Wildcats recorded two goals as the Villanova women's lacrosse team (7-5, 2-1 BIG EAST) defeated Cincinnati (6-7, 0-3) Friday afternoon at Villanova Stadium.
Sophomore midfielder Chelsey Henderson, junior attack Jessica Mucci, sophomore attack Meghan Breen and sophomore attack Kelsey Denihan each notched two tallies, while Mucci and Breen also recorded an assist.
Henderson scored at 27:14 on a free position shot after being checked to the head. The Bearcats won the next faceoff but were unable to penetrate the Villanova defense and make a shot.
The Wildcats increased the lead at 22:59 as Mucci circled behind the net, caught a pass from Shannon Galvin and scored while turning. Less than a minute later, Breen took a pass from Henderson and drove up the offensive zone, scoring to give Villanova a 3-0 lead.
Breen got on the board again at 21:29, taking a pass from Mucci at the left goalpost and nailing it in. Mucci gave the Wildcats a 5-0 lead at 18:50 as she carried the ball behind the net, waited for the Bearcat goalie to move and put the shot in the top right corner.
Cincinnati scored at 15:03, but Denihan took the momentum back at 14:27. The Bearcats won the next faceoff, but senior attack Ali Judge caused a turnover, ran into the zone from the midfield and scored 1-on-1 to take the Wildcats to 7-1 at 14:04.
Henderson scored again at 7:51 and junior midfielder Hannah Goforth tipped in a goal with six seconds left as the Wildcats took a 9-1 lead into halftime.
The Bearcat offense began pushing after the break as Torrie Zarella scored two minutes into the second. Sophomore midfielder Shannon Galvin scored with a shot to the right side of the cage at 26:04 before Cincinnati scored twice in the 22nd minute, once off a free position. Villanova still led, 10-4.
Denihan tallied her second of the game as she turned in front of the net and shot at 18:11. The Bearcats scored their fifth goal of the game at 11:59, but senior midfielder Caroline Guidera notched a free position goal at 11:03 as the Wildcats led 12-5.
Cincinnati scored twice in the waning minutes as the visitors began playing more aggressively. Goforth had a goal waived off with three minutes left for an illegal stick. Senior goalkeeper Julia Todd saved a free position shot with 26 seconds remaining, and the Wildcats held onto the ball and the 12-7 victory.
Villanova outshot Cincinnati, 27-13, and held a 15-10 advantage in ground balls. The Bearcats had just one shot in the first half.
The Wildcats also took draw controls, 14-7, and were 12-of-12 on clears for the day. Villanova was 2-of-3 on free position shots.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jaclyn Fraum made her 10th straight start in net, making no saves and allowing one goal in the first. Todd came in at halftime, allowing six goals and making three saves.
The Wildcats have a quick turnaround as they face No. 19 Louisville (9-3, 3-0) Sunday in their final home game at noon. The eight graduating Villanova seniors will be honored prior to the game, and an autograph session will take place after the match.