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Wildcats Travel to New York for First-Ever Meeting with Columbia
Jessica Mucci

March 12, 2013

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VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's lacrosse team (2-3) looks to continue their winning ways when they make the trek to New York, N.Y. to face the Columbia Lions (1-3) on Wednesday evening. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Robert K. Kraft Field and will mark the first-ever meeting between the two institutions.

Live scoring and statistics for the match can be found through the above link and on the women's lacrosse schedule page at

Villanova This Season: The Wildcats enter Wednesday's matchup with a 2-3 record after defeating Mt. St. Mary's 16-7 last weekend. Villanova also counted a victory over Central Connecticut State 11-8 for their two wins on the year. The Wildcats have fallen to Lehigh (L, 10-9), Princeton, (L, 10-5) and Drexel (L, 14-10) this season.

As of the latest IWLCA Coaches and deBeer/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls released on Tuesday, March 12th, Villanova has scheduled four ranked opponents on their calendar this season: No. 5 Syracuse, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 10 Georgetown and No. 11 Loyola.

`Nova Offense: Sophomore Jessica Mucci (Severna Park, Md.) leads the Villanova attack with 18 points via three goals and 15 assists while senior Maria Bowman (Ft. Belvoir, Va.) follows closely behind with seven goals and three assists for 10 points. Senior Shawna Giust (Basking Ridge, N.J.) leads the team with 13 draw controls on the year. As a team, Villanova has combined for 54 draws through five 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 18 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. Senior Amanda Hirschfeld (Timonium, Md.) and has earned the starting role in goal for the past four contests and posts a 9.13 GAA and a .443 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 five saves and a 12.29 GAA.



A Look at Columbia: Columbia brings a 1-3 record into Wednesday's showdown with the Wildcats. The Lions began the season with a victory over Mount St. Mary's (W, 15-4) but have struggled with consecutive losses to Lafayette (L, 16-9), Brown (L, 14-7) and Cornell (L, 14-7).

Lion Offense: Columbia averages 10.25 goals per game on offense and surrenders 10.72 goals per game defensively. Kacie Johnson (15g, 2a) leads the team with 17 points while Paige Cuscovitch (11g, 1a) follows closely behind with 12 points on the year. Nine different players have posted points on the season through Columbia's four games.

Lion Defense: Skylar Dabbar has been the mainstay in net for the Lions, playing just over 225 minutes while making 25 saves and posting a 9.97 GAA. Dabbar's save percentage currently stands at .397. On defense, Lexi Mazur, Anjuli DeWakar and Ashley Rinere have combined for 20 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers through four games.