March 5, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's lacrosse team (1-2) looks to get their second consecutive win of the season when they make the short trek to Philadelphia, Pa. to face the 18th-ranked Drexel Dragons (4-0) on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. at Vidas Field.
Live scoring, statistics and video for the match can be found through the above links and on the Drexel women's lacrosse schedule page at www.drexeldragons.com.
Villanova This Season: The Wildcats enter their midweek matchup with a 1-2 record after posting their first win of the season last Saturday against Central Connecticut State 11-8. Sophomore Jessica Mucci (Severna Park, Md.) tallied a career-high seven points to lead the Wildcats for the afternoon for their home-opening victory. The Wildcats started the season with two straight losses to Lehigh (L, 10-9) and Princeton (L, 10-5).
As of the latest IWLCA Coaches and deBeer/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls released on Monday, March 4th, Villanova has scheduled five ranked opponents on their calendar this season: No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Syracuse, No. 8 Georgetown, No. 12 Loyola and No. 18 Drexel.
`Nova Offense: Mucci leads the Villanova attack with 10 points via two goals and eight assists while classmate Jackie Froccaro (Sands Point, N.Y.) follows closely behind with six goals. Freshman Shannon Galvin (Maplewood, N.J.) and senior Annie Fallon (Shrewsbury, N.J.) both have tallied five points on the season.
Senior Shawna Giust (Basking Ridge, N.J.) also leads the team with seven draw controls on the year. As a team, Villanova has combined for 27 draws through three games.
`Nova Defense: Defensively, Sarah Moody (Burke, Va.), Lauren Shockley (Newtown, Pa.), Amy Begay (Forest Hill, Md.) and Giust have been the starting four in the Villanova backfield and have combined for eight ground balls and five caused turnovers. Senior Amanda Hirschfeld (Timonium, Md.) and has earned the starting role in goal for the past two contests and has posted an 8.70 GAA and a .447 save percentage. Senior Dani Wiedmeier (Westlake, Ohio) and junior Julia Todd (Boston, Mass.) have also seen action behind the pipes. The duo has combined for four saves and a 14.00 GAA.
A Look at Drexel: No. 18 Drexel brings a flawless 4-0 record into the midweek showdown with the Wildcats. The Dragons have posted wins over George Washington (10-3), La Salle (12-6), No. 11 Penn (11-8) and St. Joseph's to start the year.
Dragon Offense: Drexel averages 10.25 goals per game on offense and surrenders 5.75 goals per game defensively. Kelli Joran (12g, 5a) leads the team with 17 points while Alyse Maiden (4, 5a) and Jessica Rudloff (4g, 4a) have tallied nine and eight points apiece, respectively, through four games.
Dragon Defense: Sophomore Teresha Bradley has been the mainstay in net for the Dragons, playing just over 230 minutes while making 21 saves and posting a 5.87 GAA. Bradley's save percentage currently stands at .477 after facing 75 shots. On defense, Kaitlin Harris, Caroline Dodds, Emily Bauer and Jocelyn Quaile have combined for 19 ground balls and seven caused turnovers through four games.
The Last Meeting (2/27/08): Gwenna Johnson scored four goals to help lead Drexel (3-1-0) to a 13-3 victory over Villanova (1-1-0) on a frigid night at Villanova Stadium. The game began with snow flurries falling before the snow squall passed. Sarah Carter opened the scoring for the Dragons at 28:22 off a pass from Katie Bradley. Villanova junior Taylor Lucy took a feed from sophomore Samantha McKillip and found the back of the net with her shot to even the count at one with 26:39 to go in the first half. However, Drexel scored the game's five unanswered goals over the next 11 minutes to take command of the contest.