Villanova Falls in Close Contest with Rutgers, 9-6
April 13, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Sophomore Jackie Froccaro (Sands Point, N.Y.) and senior Maria Bowman (Ft. Belvoir, Va.) led the Wildcats with two goals each but it wouldn't be enough to lift Villanova over Rutgers as the Wildcats fell to the Scarlet Knights 9-6 on Saturday afternoon at RU Turf Field at the Stadium Complex.
With the loss, Villanova falls to 5-7 overall and 0-4 in the BIG EAST while Rutgers improved to 9-4 on the year and 1-3 in conference play.
After trading goals to start the half with freshman Chelsey Henderson (West Long Branch, N.J.) feeding sophomore Jessica Mucci (Severna Park, Md.) for the first VU score and to tie the game at 1-1, Rutgers went on a three goal run and held the Wildcats scoreless for 16:42.
Bowman broke the Wildcat scoring drought with five minutes remaining in the half before Rutgers' Amanda Trendell notched the final Scarlet Knight goal of the stanza to increase the RU lead at 5-2 going into intermission.
Rutgers scored back-to-back goals to open the second half off of free position opportunities to increase the RU lead at 7-2 for their largest of the game before Villanova cut the deficit at 7-4 with scores from sophomore Hannah Goforth (Chester Springs, Pa.) and Froccaro.
RU's Megan Clements and Froccaro traded goals to lessen the Rutgers lead at 8-5 with 17:40 left to play, but Annie McGinley's second score of the day with just over five minutes remaining would increase the Scarlet Knight advantage at 9-5.
Bowman would close the game off an unassisted score with 4:36 on the clock but it wouldn't be enough to begin a Villanova rally as the Wildcats fell 9-6 on the afternoon.
Henderson led the team with three draw controls while Froccaro collected a team-high three ground balls. Goforth paced the Wildcats with three caused turnovers.
Senior goalkeeper Amanda Hirschfeld (Timonium, Md.) tallied five saves in the defeat while Rutgers' Lily Kalata made eight saves in the victory.
Villanova will return home next weekend for their final home series of the season on Friday and Sunday. The Wildcats will take on Loyola at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 19th and will host Georgetown at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 21st for Senior Day.