March 12, 2012
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The water polo team defeated Salem International University, Notre Dame (Ohio) and Gannon in the Marist Invitational this past weekend on Saturday and Sunday. After completing the sweep on Sunday against Gannon by a count of 15-14 in sudden death, the squad now improves to 4-12 on the season.
The Wildcats went up against Salem International University in the first matchup of the afternoon. Villanova rendered five goals at the end of the first quarter and would take a commanding 10-1 lead into halftime. SIU booked two goals in the third, but Villanova outmatched that with three tallies. VU poured on four in the fourth and shutout the Tigers in the quarter to win by a 17-3 decision.
SIU faced plenty of offense from Villanova in the contest. Erin Malone led Villanova's offense with three goals, while Sarah Armel, Hannah Ishida, Emily Ryan and Elaine Resso scored two apiece. Etching single goal performances were Maria Campanile, Julia Penkal, Lauren Peachey, Sammy Salvo, Elizabeth Clarke and Bryn Garrity. Defensively, Penkal recorded three steals, while Armel posted four. Maddi Moore racked up nine saves in net.
In all, eleven players provided scoring, which marks the largest amount of goal scorers for one game, as well as the highest goal production. Also, 10 of the 17 goals were assisted in the contest.
Notre Dame (Ohio) fell to Wildcats by two goals, as the final was booked at 12-10. Villanova jumped out to a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, although the team would only hold a one goal margin at half (6-5). A four goal onslaught again in the third earned VU a 10-7 count going into the fourth. The Falcons scored three in the last quarter of play, while Villanova notched two.
Elizabeth Clarke and Callan Edwards paced the Wildcats with four goals apiece. Also registering goals were Sarah Armel (2) and Hannah Ishida (2). Sophomore Maddi Moore saved nine shots between the posts. Both Clarke and Julia Penkal posted five steals in the match.
Against Gannon, the Wildcats, for the third straight time, earned an early lead in the first. At halftime, the game favored Villanova with the score 7-4. The Golden Knights rallied to tie the game at the end of the third quarter. Each team scored four goals apiece to send the game into overtime. In overtime, Julia Penkal scored, but so did Gannon, sending the contest into double overtime at 14-14. Sarah Armel shot the winning goal in sudden death after Liz Clarke won a decisive sprint and the `Cats upended GU with the score 15-14.
Senior Sarah Armel recorded three tallies to lead the Wildcats. Providing two goals were Hannah Ishida, Julia Penkal, Emily Ryan, Callan Edwards and Elizabeth Clarke. Lauren Peachey and Erin Malone both posted one goal. Maddi Moore recorded ten saves in the cage. Three players had three steals, including Armel, Edwards and Malone.
With the win, the `Cats are now on a four-game winning streak.
"As I have said before, we are really hitting stride as a team and our success this weekend shows that. Our women are competitors and winning a game in sudden death really illustrates that character. We can't wait for conference play."