Losing Streak Ends as Wildcats Edge Utica, 13-12
March 5, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The shortest non-conference weekend trip for Villanova this season proved to be a memorable one as the team notched the first win on the 2012 slate. After winning the contest in close fashion, Villanova's current overall record now stands at 1-12. The `Cats hope to gain momentum from the victory when the group travels to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for the upcoming Marist Invitational next weekend.
Host Siena took advantage of home-pool on Saturday defeating both Villanova and Utica at the Siena Swim Center. The Saints ended the five-game losing skid when the squad took on VU in the first matchup of the day. After the first quarter, the Wildcats were up by one score. In the second, the Saints buried one goal to even the game up at two at halftime. Siena poured in three tallies to take the lead in the third quarter, while Villanova put in two. VU could not recover from the deficit as the Saints won by a count of 9-7.
A balanced offensive attack helped keep the game within reach. There were six individual scorers in the contest for the `Cats, which included Emily Ryan (2), Hannah Ishida, Sarah Armel, Julia Penkal, Callan Edwards and Elizabeth Clarke. Maddi Moore made eight saves in the loss.
The senior duo of Katie Ness and Traci Robinson fired in six shots past the net minder. Both have been outstanding for the Saints thus far and contributed vitally for the team this past weekend.
In the second game of the double-header on Saturday, Villanova matched up against Utica at 10:30 a.m. This morning contest provided a plethora of scoring, as a total of 25 goals were posted in the competition. Villanova rang in six goals in the first quarter to outmatch the four scored by the Pioneers. The Wildcat defense stood strong in the second period, only allowing one tally. At the end of the third, the count was 12-9. Villanova could only notch one in the fourth quarter, but it was enough to maintain the lead that began at the end of the first. The final was booked with the score 13-12.
Bolstered by tremendous individual performances, the Wildcats were able to sustain the advantage throughout the match. Three players tabbed hat tricks in the game, while another player neared with two goals. Elaine Resso racked up three, Sadie Dutcher registered four, Erin Malone recorded three and Sammy Salvo added two. Emily Ryan also joined the action by powering in one through the net. Maddi Moore completed the weekend with 16 saves, delivering eight saves again against the Pioneers.
Sophomore Evelyn Kurzac shined for Utica with seven goals scored. The rest of the team netted five goals, involving Michele Allen (1), Sarah Parker (2), and Lisa Torii (2), which wasn't enough to prevail.
The `Cats have been showing the amount of depth they have on offense in the 2012 season, with a perfect example this past weekend. Leading the way in the first game were juniors Emily Ryan, Hannah Ishida and Julia Penkal, as well as seniors Elizabeth Clarke and Sarah Armel. Although these upperclassmen didn't contribute much on the stat sheet in the second contest against Utica, freshmen Elaine Resso, Sadie Dutcher and Sammy Salvo were able to pick up the slack.
"Getting the win against Utica was incredible but it is really just the beginning for us as a team. We are a growing and maturing as the season progresses and we just now hitting stride. We are poised to keep building momentum and success heading into conference play."