Oct. 21, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two goals scored in the opening six minutes of the contest put Villanova (8-9-2, 4-7 BIG EAST) in an immediate hole and Georgetown (14-5, 8-3 BIG EAST) went on to a 6-0 victory on Friday afternoon at North Kehoe Field as the Wildcats ended the 2011 season.
With their playoff seeding still undetermined the Hoyas made an immediate statement with a goal in the fourth minute from Kelly D'Ambrisi following a crowded scramble at point-blank range in front of the net. The sequence started after a deep throw-in and after a header bounced off of several players D'Ambrisi blasted the ball into the back of the net to deliver the first goal of the game.
Just two minutes later Camille Trujillo chipped a shot from 20 yards past sophomore goalkeeper Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.) and it snuck just under the crossbar to put Georgetown ahead by a 2-0 margin. A third goal soon after forged an insurmountable 3-0 deficit for Villanova just 16 minutes into the contest.
Despite facing the early deficit the Wildcats did eventually put together some offensive pressure of their own but the Villanova possessions in the attacking third led to just six shots as the Hoyas defense thwarted any other chances for the Wildcats front line.
Trujillo and Daphne Corboz scored two goals apiece for Georgetown, which has scored four or more goals in a game five times this season. With a chance to contend for first place in the National Division and in front of a raucous Senior Day crowd the Hoyas seized momentum early on before going on to the eventual six-goal margin.
Senior forward Katie Ryan (Wayne, N.J.) attempted a team-high three shots and classmate Erin Ryan (Doylestown, Pa.) had two chances for Villanova, which was held scoreless for the first time a span of seven games.
Kranich finished the day with five saves in goal, with four of those stops coming in the first half. Georgetown finished the game with a 22-6 edge in shots and also had a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The contest marked the final collegiate games for Villanova seniors Katie Ryan, Erin Ryan, midfielders Lauren McCoy (Spotsylvania, Va.) and Katy Nagy (Bellmore, N.Y.) and defender Megan Verdeur (Levittown, Pa.). The senior class was a part of 37 victories and helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament in 2009. In addition, the seniors owned a record of 23-10-5 (.671) at home during their careers. As a group the five seniors amassed 50 goals and 42 assists and to this point have also combined for 11 BIG EAST Academic All-Star honors.