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Winning Streak Comes to a Halt in First Weekend of Conference Action
Won first MAAC contest since the 2007 season

March 27, 2012

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Villanova voyaged to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Saturday to face St. Francis (N.Y.) for the first game of three on the weekend. The `Cats then trekked to New Rochelle, N.Y. after the game and played in two contests on Sunday. VU defeated St. Francis, but fell to Siena and Wagner to end the streak at five. Their overall record now stands at 5-14 with a 1-2 mark in MAAC play.

The Wildcats edged St. Francis (3-9, 1-3) in a game that was decided in the fourth quarter. The Terriers of St. Francis earned an early lead in the first quarter by a count of 3-1. A shift of momentum occurred in the second, as Villanova posted four tallies to take the one goal advantage going into the second half (5-4). In the third, St. Francis registered four goals of their own to tie the match at eight apiece, while Villanova managed three in the quarter. VU would close strong to top the Terriers by a clutch goal from Callan Edwards to seal the win with the score of 11-10.

Four players would combine to score the 11 goals on the afternoon. Callan Edwards notched four goals and stole one ball, while Elizabeth Clarke fired in three and assisted on two tallies. Hannah Ishida and Sadie Dutcher both netted two in the contest. Ishida also had an impressive five ejections drawn. Julia Penkal played masterfully on the defensive end with three steals. Sophomore Maddi Moore saved seven in net.

Siena (7-15, 2-2) matched up against Villanova in the first contest of two at Hynes Pool for the `Cats on Sunday. VU nearly doubled the shot total of the Saints, but ultimately fell in a 10-7 showing. The Wildcats lost their second straight to Siena in as many tries on the 2012 slate. In the first dual between the two schools, Siena won in a similar score, 9-7. The third and final battle will take place on April 14th at the Villanova Swim Complex.



Junior Hannah Ishida led the way for the squad with two goals, a steal and two ejections drawn. Sarah Armel, Julia Penkal, Emily Ryan, Callan Edwards and Sadie Dutcher each provided one tally on the score sheet. Registering two assists against the Saints were Armel and Edwards. Penkal continued her solid play on defense posting five steals. Maddi Moore notched another seven save performance.

Wagner College (14-14, 4-0), ranked 20th nationally, challenged VU in the final game to close weekend action. The Seahawks started off quickly posting five goals in the first quarter, while Villanova could only muster two. At the end of the second quarter, Wagner would hold a 6-3 lead. The Wildcats fired in just one tally in the second half, as the opponent buried seven. The squad dropped the contest in a 13-4 decision.

The junior duo of Julia Penkal (2G) and Hannah Ishida (2G) combined for all four goals scored. Ishida registered an assist and four ejections drawn as well. Freshman Callan Edwards provided a spark on defense with three steals and an ejection drawn. Also contributing in the ejections drawn category were Emily Ryan (2) and Sadie Dutcher (1). Maddi Moore would once again accrue seven saves.

In the 11-10 victory against St. Francis, Villanova earned their first MAAC win on the season. The water polo team has not won a league game since 2007, when they also defeated St. Francis. In 2007, the outcome was decided by one goal, as well, with the score 5-4.

The most recent five-game winning streak dates back to the 2005 season, as that team recorded six-straight before falling to Princeton.