Feb. 15, 2008
VILLANOVA, Pa.-- In the season opener for both teams on Friday evening, Villanova (0-1) could not overcome a flurry of goals by George Washington (1-0) in the third quarter and was defeated, 14-7, at the Villanova Swim Center. The Wildcats allowed six goals in the third period to turn the tide in the contest.
Freshman Maria Apablasa (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) had a successful collegiate debut for Villanova and tallied three goals and one assist to lead the team's cause. Apablasa scored on three of her five shots and accounted for three of the team's six drawn ejections.
The Wildcats recovered from a slow start to outscore the Colonials in the second period and pull to within 5-3 at halftime. After George Washington scored the game's first three goals, Villanova got a late tally in the first quarter to get on the board when senior goalie Erin Foley (Chicago, Ill.) assisted on a fast-break opportunity.
Coming out of halftime the Wildcats came up short on an early scoring opportunity and the Colonials eventually notched the first two goals of the period to establish a 7-3 advantage. Villanova closed the gap to 7-4 midway through that frame but George Washington tacked on six of the game's next seven goals to secure the outcome.
Foley played an excellent defensive match, making nine saves and coming up with eight steals and the one assist. Freshman Kathleen Maloney (Chicago, Ill.) went 2-for-4 in center sprints, winning the third and fourth quarter sprint-offs. She attempted a team-high eight shots and scored one goal while making two steals in the contest.
Senior Julie Ramaley (Old Greenwich, Conn.), sophomore Andrea La Fevers (Boca Raton, Fla.) and freshman Nicole Lum (Roseville, Calif.) each scored a goal for the Wildcats, who began a busy opening weekend with the home match. Ramaley had two assists in the game, while Lum and freshman Kathleen Lynch (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) each had one.
Villanova will play in three matches at the Princeton Invitational tomorrow, beginning with a matchup against the host Tigers at 12:45 p.m. Also on the docket are games against Harvard (3:15 p.m.) and Maryland (9:30 p.m.).