April 28, 2013
LOUISVILLE, KY. - Villanova outscored Louisville (11-6, 3-5) 7-3 in the second half but it wouldn't be enough to overcome the first half deficit as the Wildcats fell in their final game of the season 13-10 on Sunday afternoon in Louisville, Ky. Sophomore Jackie Froccaro (Sands Point, N.Y.) led the Wildcats with a hat trick while senior Maria Bowman (Ft. Belvoir, Va.) and junior Ali Judge (Annapolis, Md.) contributed two goals each.
The loss concludes the 2013 season for Villanova who finished the year with a 6-10 overall record and 1-7 mark in BIG EAST Conference action.
Head Coach Julie Young stated following the contest, "Even though our record doesn't indicate it, we took a lot of steps to move the team forward this season. Big strides were taken and I think we'll continue to move forward and reach the next level. We found out what hard work and dedication meant this season and how it can set the tone for an entire year and we need to continue to work hard and dedicate ourselves. I'm really proud of how hard we competed this year and the steps we took forward to improve."
Louisville got off to a hot start winning 11 draw controls to Villanova's three in the first half. Judge posted the first goal of the contest before the Cardinals rattled off five straight scores to pull to a 5-1 lead. Shannon Galvin's (Maplewood, N.J.) score with 9:53 remaining in the first half broke a 17:26 scoreless streak for Villanova and closed the gap to 5-2, but another four-goal run by Louisville increased the Cardinal lead to seven at 9-2.
Bowman's score with 4:15 left in the first stanza off a free position shot would be the final of the period for Villanova before Louisville's Nikki Boltja closed out the first 30 minutes of play at 10-3 in favor of the hosts.
Coming out of halftime the Wildcats found their stride when Froccaro notched a quick score just over a minute into action. Sophomore Hannah Goforth (Chester Springs, Pa.) followed with another score just over three minutes later to close the gap a 10-5, but another Boltja score at the 23:01 mark increased the Louisville lead to 11-5. Villanova responded with a three-goal run with scores from Judge, Froccaro and Kelsey Denihan to put the `Cats within three at 11-7 with 14:30 left to play.
The last ten minutes of play saw back and forth action with each team finding the back of the net. Froccaro tallied her third goal of the game with 7:22 remaining and Bowman gave the Wildcats hope with 41 seconds left on the clock, but it wouldn't be enough to overcome the first half deficit as the Wildcats fell 13-10.
Young stated, "We didn't play a great first half, Louisville dominated the draw controls. In the second half we really took momentum and had some really exciting plays, but there just wasn't enough time at the end of the game."
Sophomore Jessica Mucci (Severna Park, Md.) contributed four assists for Villanova while senior Shawna Giust (Basking Ridge, N.J.) led the team with three draw controls. Seniors Amanda Hirschfeld (Timonium, Md.) and Dani Widmeier (Westlake, Ohio) combined for nine saves in the defeat while Louisville's Ashley Herbst tallied three in the victory.