March 13, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's lacrosse team (3-2) begins its North Carolina road trip against High Point (2-3) at 3 p.m. Friday at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C.
The Wildcats fell in their last outing, 11-8, last Saturday at Delaware. Sophomore attacks Kelsey Denihan and Meghan Breen each scored three goals in the contest. Sophomore goalkeeper Jaclyn Fraum made nine saves.
Denihan (13G, 2A) and junior attack Jessica Mucci (4G, 11A) are tied for the team lead with 15 points each. Henderson has tallied 11 draw controls on the year while Hannah Goforth has notched 12 ground balls.
Fraum has started the past three games and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Tuesday for the second consecutive week. On the season, Fraum holds a 6.58 goals against average and a .517 save percentage.
The Wildcats are averaging 11 goals per game this season while holding opposing teams to 7.20. Villanova holds a 95-79 ground ball advantage on the season over opponents.
Villanova ranks first in the BIG EAST in assists per game with 6.40, more than two assists per game than the next team. The Wildcats are also first in the conference in ground balls (19.00 per game), caused turnovers per game (9.60 per game) and goals against average (7.20).
Mucci is first in the conference in assists per game, averaging 2.20 per contest, while Denihan is fourth in the conference in goals per game (2.60). Mucci and Denihan are tied for fourth in the BIG EAST with 3.00 points per game. Goforth is third in the conference with 2.40 ground balls per game.
This is the first ever meeting between the Wildcats and the Panthers. Live stats and video will be available through the High Point Athletics website.
Scouting the Panthers
High Point (2-3) fell at No. 20 Ohio State, 13-5, on Monday. Midfielder Alec Perry (2G) and midfielder Sara Kuhlman (1G, 1A) led the team with two points each. The Panthers trailed 7-1 at halftime and were outshot 25-14 in the game.
Perry leads the team offensively on the season with 12 points (9G, 3A), while attack Mackenzie Carroll also has nine goals. Julia Burns has started all five games in goal and holds a 10.12 goals against average and a .405 save percentage.
High Point is averaging 9.80 goals per game this season while allowing 10.80 per contest.
The Panthers return home against Villanova after a four-game road stint which saw the team go 1-3. High Point won its only home game so far this season, an 11-6 victory over American on Feb. 8.