Villanova , Pa. – Tomorrow, Sunday March 4th, the Villanova Women’s Lacrosse team travels to Jacksonville to take on the Dolphins at 1 p.m. This is the final road game of the Wildcats non-conference schedule. There is no live stream available, but there will be live stats. You can access them here.
The Wildcats are 3-1 after beating Saint Joseph’s 18-11 in their home opener. Villanova is scoring 13 goals a game and holding teams to 9.5 goals per game. Teams they played against have only tallied for 13 assists. Their defense has only allowed teams to get off 24 shots a game, while the offense is averaging 32 shots a game. They have outplayed their opponents on the draw 60-35. Sophomore attack Katie Comerford (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) leads the team with 17 points, trailed by sophomore attackers Liz Trojan (Airmont, N.Y.) and Ashley Lynch (Cold Harbor Springs, N.Y.) who both have 12. Sophomore midfielder Kim McDonough (Pennington, N.J.) and Devin Hassinger (Glenmoore, Pa.) are top two in draw controls with 17 and 16, respectively. Senior defender Elizabeth Armstrong (Chatham, N.J.), this week’s BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, leads the team in ground balls (12) and caused turnovers (6). Both senior Julia Michaels (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) and Khaia Baranowski (Marlton, N.J.) have seen time in net, but Michaels leads the Wildcats with 18 saves to Baranowski’s 14.
Jacksonville is 2-2 after a 16-5 loss to Florida in Gainesville. They started the season with three home games, opening up with win over Michigan. They fell to Notre Dame but bounced back with a win over Ohio State in overtime. The Dolphins finished their 2017 season as the Atlantic Sun Champions, going 14-6 overall and 9-1 in the conference. They lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament to USC. Midfielder Ashtyn Hiron leads the team in points (12), caused turnovers (seven) and draw controls (20). Three freshmen, Jenny Kinsey, Alyssa Arnold and Sarah Elms are the other top point-earners for the Dolphins. As a team, Jacksonville averages 29 shots, 10.5 goals, 14.25 points and 3.75 assists per game. They start three defenders in senior Mackenzie Groark, junior Erica Beal and sophomore Chloe Harris and allow 14.5 goals per game through four games this season. Jacksonville’s starting goalkeeper is graduate student Emily Poelma. She’s allowed 13.7 goals per game and has 17 saves on the season. The last game against Florida, junior goalkeeper Kristen Brunoforte earned the start in net for the Dolphins. She allowed 16 goals and made three saves.
This is the first matchup in program history between Villanova and Jacksonville.