Villanova Falls in Close 6-5 Contest to No. 8 Georgetown
April 21, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Sophomore Jackie Froccaro's (Sands Point, N.Y.) four goal performance would pace the Wildcats but No. 8 Georgetown rallied for the win on Sunday afternoon as the Hoyas defeated Villanova in a close 6-5 game in Villanova Stadium. With the loss, the Wildcats fell to 5-9 overall and 0-6 in the BIG EAST while Georgetown improved to 11-3 and 5-1 in the conference.
Villanova stifled the potent Georgetown offense and held the Hoyas to their lowest scoring total this season. In a great showing of team defense, Villanova won the ground ball battle by a 15-10 margin and claimed a 7-6 advantage in draw controls for the afternoon.
The Wildcats got off to a 2-0 start following two unassisted Froccaro goals to begin the game at the 24:47 and 14:10 marks, but Georgetown rallied back with two scores of their own from Kelsi Bozel and Caroline Tarzian to tie the game at 2-2 going into intermission.
The Hoyas continued their scoring streak and placed two more in the back of the net when Sophia Thomas and Tarzian notched points just under four minutes into the second stanza to take a 4-2 advantage. Froccaro broke a 20:41 scoreless streak for the Wildcats with 23:29 remaining in the contest to pull Villanova to within one at 4-3 before GU's Corcoran found an open Meghan Farrell to push the Hoya lead to 6-3.
Villanova, having several good looks at net, found a seam in the Georgetown defense when sophomore Jessica Mucci (Severna Park, Md.) connected with junior Ali Judge (Annapolis, Md.) to get the `Cats to within one at 6-5 before Froccaro attacked the net once again and tied the game at 5-5 with just over 11 minutes left in regulation.
With time winding down, the Wildcats had several opportunities but couldn't capitalize in the closing minutes. Georgetown's Corcoran would add a goal to her two assist performance and placed the game-winning score with 9:34 on the clock to solidify the victory at 6-5.
Villanova will conclude their 2013 season next weekend when they travel to Cincinnati and Louisville for a pair of contest. Game time versus the Bearcats is slated for 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26th while the Wildcats will take on the Cardinals at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 28th.