Feb. 15, 2014
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Villanova women's water polo team dropped two matches to Bucknell, 10-7, and Wagner, 20-6, while competing in the Bison Invitational on Saturday.
Game 1: Bucknell 10, Villanova 7
Villanova started the invite with a 10-7 loss to Bucknell, which saw the game change leads six times as the Wildcats battled with the Bison.
"We have some success offensively today which was really exciting," said Lizzie Newman, who scored twice in the contest. "The team has been coming together working in some new faces to the team. I was able to score a few goals by recognizing my teammate's ability to deliver the ball and capitalizing on the opportunity."
The Wildcats started the game early, taking a 2-1 lead after the fourth quarter with goals from Callan Edwards and Newman. A Sarina Shibata goal increased the Villanova lead, but three unanswered Bison goals sent Bucknell into halftime with a 4-3 lead.
Sheila Gerrity tied the game at 4 a minute into the third quarter. Bucknell took the lead at 2:35, but Sadie Dutcher tied it up just 20 seconds later. Newman scored with 1:21 left in the period to take the 6-5 lead into the final quarter.
The Bison tied the game and took the lead back early in the fourth quarter, which they never relinquished. Bucknell scored three more goals before Sarah Kesack made it 10-7, but the Wildcats were unable to mount a comeback.
Julie Conrath made eight saves in the contest in goal.
Game 2: Wagner 20, Villanova 6
The Wildcats fell to conference rival Wagner, 20-6.
"It was a really tough game today. Wagner is a physical team," said Sarina Shibata, who scored four goals in the game. "They are in our conference and we look forward to having another shot at them in a few months."
The Seahawks started the game hot, going on a 9-0 run. Shibata broke the Wagner streak with 2:19 left in the first half. Katie Latimer scored with 36 seconds left to send Villanova into the half down 9-2.
Wagner scored six unanswered goals to start the third quarter. Shibata scored her second of the game with 3:24 left in the period. Jodie Stautner and Shibata scored in the third, and the teams went into the final quarter with the Seahawks on top, 18-5. Shibata scored her fourth goal in the fourth, but the Wildcats fell, 20-6, to Wagner.
Goalie Maddi Moore made five saves in the game.
The team travels to Cambridge, Mass., next weekend to take on Bucknell, George Washington, Harvard and Princeton in the CWPA/MAAC Crossover.