Wildcats Defeat Queens, Fall Twice in First Home Matches
March 3, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In its first home matches of the season, Villanova (5-6, 0-1 MAAC) defeated Queens College and was defeated twice on a busy day at the Villanova Swim Center. The Wildcats fell to Siena 10-7 in its first match of the day before rebounding for a comfortable 15-9 win over the Lady Knights. During the evening, Villanova was defeated 16-6 by George Washington.
The first match of the day doubled as the Wildcats home opener and the first conference game of the season. The game was tied 6-6 after three quarters before the Saints pulled away for the win in the fourth quarter. Senior Brynn Rooney (Downers Grove, Ill.) scored a team-high three goals and junior Carla Martinez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) dished out two assists to pace Villanova.
The Wildcats rebounded strong in their second match, an afternoon contest against visiting Queens. Villanova scored five unanswered goals in the first quarter and led 9-2 at halftime before settling on the final six-goal margin. Rooney scored six goals and had two assists, while junior Meredith Klipa (Grand Rapids, Mich.) scored five goals and dished out three assists. Both players established career highs with their eight-point performances.
Senior Taylor Schrang (Bellevue, Wash.) also had three assists in the win over Queens and junior Erin Foley (Chicago, Ill.) made five saves. The Wildcats received all 15 of their goals from just four players on the way to earning their fifth victory of the season.
After defeating Queens, Villanova had just a short break before getting back into the pool against George Washington. The contest was a revenge game of sorts for the Colonials, who were defeated 7-6 by the Wildcats last weekend at the Bucknell Invitational. After Villanova took a 3-2 lead through one quarter of play, George Washington outscored the Wildcats 11-1 spanning the next two quarters and broke the game open heading into the final period.
Schrang and Rooney scored two goals apiece in the match against the Colonials. George Washington totaled 24 shots in the game and avenged their earlier loss to Villanova, which fell to 5-6 with its second loss of the day.
The Wildcats are off until this coming Thursday, when they play Gannon and Mercyhurst in Erie, Pa.