Rally Falls Short as Wildcats Edged by George Washington, 9-8
March 23, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sophomore driver Callan Edwards (Oxnard, Calif.) scored a team high four goals, including a game-tying tally late in the fourth quarter, but Villanova (3-20) was defeated by the narrowest of margins, 9-8, by George Washington (13-11) at the Smith Center Pool on Saturday afternoon. The game-winning goal was scored by the Colonials with just one minute remaining in a contest that saw the Wildcats tie the score on three separate occasions.
Edwards finished the day with four goals, two assists and four steals. She converted a penalty shot in the second quarter and then tallied three man-up goals in the second half, including the one with 2:13 to play in the fourth quarter which tied the score at 8-8. Senior driver Julia Penkal (Harleysville, Pa.) added two goals for Villanova and senior center Hannah Ishida (Honolulu, Hawaii) had two assists. Ishida also had three steals and led the team with three ejections drawn.
George Washington led 7-4 at halftime but the Wildcats got back into the game early in the third quarter when Edwards scored a pair of goals just 53 seconds apart to trim the deficit to 7-6. Those goals were answered by a tally from the Colonials Erin Donoghue with 3:26 left in the third period and George Washington clung to an 8-6 lead entering the fourth quarter.
In the final period Penkal pulled Villanova to within 8-7 on a goal with 4:11 to play. Edwards followed with her fourth goal of the day less than two minutes later to tie the score, but the Colonials eventually had the final answer when Donoghue netted the game-winner.
Nearly half of the scoring in the entire game came in the first quarter, when George Washington pulled out to a 5-3 lead. Hannah Cox scored twice in the first 3:22 of the game to give the Colonials leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but each time the Wildcats answered to tie the score. Penkal got Villanova on the scoreboard with 4:47 left in the opening period and freshman attacker Sarina Shibata (Honolulu, Hawaii) added a goal with 3:38 left in the stanza.
Donoghue returned the lead to George Washington with 2:21 left in the first quarter and that goal kicked off a flurry of three straight scores in a span of 48 seconds for the Colonials, who have defeated the Wildcats four times this season. The first three meetings were all decided by five-goal margins.
On the defensive end Villanova had junior goalie Maddi Moore (Malvern, Pa.) and freshman Julie Conrath (Inverness, Ill.) split time in the net. Conrath had eight saves and allowed three goals in the game, while Moore made three saves and allowed six goals. Both goalies had a steal as well.
The match against the Wildcats and Gorge Washington on Saturday afternoon marked the final non-conference test of the regular season for Villanova, which opens MAAC play tomorrow with matches against Wagner and Iona which will be played at VMI.