April 19, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Senior Maria Bowman netted four goals for Villanova but it wasn't enough to overcome a potent No. 13/17 Loyola offense on Friday afternoon at Villanova Stadium as the Greyhounds defeated the Wildcats 16-11 in a BIG EAST contest. Loyola improves to 8-6 overall, 4-1 BIG EAST while Villanova is now 5-8 overall, 0-5 in conference action.
Freshman Kelsey Denihan gave Villanova an early 1-0 advantage when she fired a shot into the net past Molly Wolf just 1:09 into the action on a warm, overcast afternoon. Sophomore Jessica Mucci set up the score with a feed from behind the cage.
However, Loyola responded with six straight goals in a span of less than eight minutes, capitalizing on a series of draws controlled. Kara Burke tied the game at 1 off a pass from Taryn VanThof and Marlee Paton gave Loyola a lead it would not relinquish with 26:27 to play in the first half with an assist from Annie Thomas.
A pair of unassisted goals from sophomore Jackie Froccaro shaved the deficit to 6-3 for Villanova with 14:29 remaining in the first half. But Hannah Schmitt and Ashley Cahill posted goals for Loyola to push the lead to 8-5. Bowman answered back with two goals for the Wildcats, who drew within 8-5 with 4:36 on the clock until halftime.
Paton, though, tallied two more goals for Loyola before intermission and the halftime count was 10-5 in favor of the Greyhounds.
Loyola owned an 18-8 edge in shots in the first 30 minutes and a 9-7 advantage on draw controls.
The Greyhounds kept the pressure on early in the second half, scoring the first four goals of the period in just over nine minutes to grab a 14-5 lead. Bowman got one back for the Wildcats when she converted a free position attempt with 11:53 to play and that was followed by an Ali Judge goal off a pass from Mucci to narrow the gap to 14-7 at the 9:16 mark.
Loyola pushed the lead to 16-7 on a Shannon Aikens goal with 6:02 to play before Villanova closed with a flourish. The Wildcats closed the contest with goals from Frocarro, Denihan, Chelsey Henderson, and Bowman to make the final count 16-11.
Paton and Hannah Schmitt each had three goals for Loyola while Annie Thomas contributed seven assists. Wolf picked up the win in net for the Greyhounds by making three saves.
The Wildcats were led by Bowman's four goals and also got three off the stick of Froccaro. Senior Amanda Hirschfeld made six saves in goal for the Wildcats while Dani Wiedmeier made three more when she entered the game in the second half.
Loyola out-shot Villanova 31-18 on the day.
The Wildcats resume action on Sunday when they host No. 6 Georgetown in another BIG EAST clash. Game time at Villanova Stadium is 1:00 p.m.