April 3, 2012
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Villanova edged Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and St. Francis on Sunday in Staten Island, N.Y. to end competition on a high note, but struggled versus Iona and Marist during play in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. on Saturday at SFC Pool. After the split, VU now holds a 3-4 mark in conference action and an overall script of 7-16.
The Wildcats fell to Iona (16-11, 5-1) by a count of 14-3 in the morning dual. The Gaels fired in six tallies in the first quarter, while the `Cats couldn't deliver any. After the second, Villanova posted a goal on the scoreboard, although two goals by Iona would set an 8-1 halftime score. Iona compiled another six goals in the third and fourth combined. Two goals by VU in the second half weren't enough to complete the rally.
Freshmen Callan Edwards and Sadie Dutcher each registered a goal in the loss. Cara Clites was credited with the third score in the contest. As for the defensive side of play, Hannah Ishida notched four steals and three ejections drawn, while Julia Penkal recorded three steals. Maddi Moore saved 11 in net.
In the second match on Saturday, VU faced Marist (13-17, 5-1). This marked the first time the two schools met on the 2012 slate. The Red Foxes of Marist notched 14 goals en route to a double-digit margin of victory with the count of 14-4. Villanova began in an early hole, as the score read 4-1 at the end of the first. An identical second, in terms of scoring, put the `Cats in an 8-2 first-half disadvantage. In the third quarter, Marist only chalked up two goals, but Villanova scored just once. The fourth was another 4-1 showing in favor of the Red Foxes.
Elizabeth Clarke led the squad with a hat-trick, three sprints won, a steal and a field block. Once again producing on the defensive end was Hannah Ishida. The Honolulu native snagged five steals and two ejections drawn. Julia Penkal posted a solid performance in the loss with a goal, two steals and an ejection drawn. Sophomore Maddi Moore earned seven saves and six steals in the cage.
Newcomer VMI (1-18, 0-7) clashed with Villanova in the first ever water polo match between the two teams. The Wildcats trailed after the first by a 4-3 mark. In the second quarter, VU tacked on four tallies to the board and did not allow the Keydets to manage a single goal to take a 7-4 advantage into half. Each squad posted two goals apiece in the third, as the contest remained a three-goal spread. The final quarter would belong to the `Cats. VMI recorded one tally, while VU rung in three past the net minder to triumph by a score of 12-7.
There were six players to score for the `Cats. Elizabeth Clarke earned her second consecutive three-goal performance, while Hannah Ishida notched a hat-trick as well. Posting two goals in the match were Callan Edwards and Emily Ryan. Each of the two members executed on the opposite side of the ball also. Ryan stole five and Edwards ripped three away from the Keydets. Lauren Peachey and Julia Penkal booked two points apiece (1G/1A). Maddi Moore yielded 21 saves between the pipes.
VU blanked St. Francis (5-11, 3-5) to complete the two-game sweep over the Terriers on the regular season. After the first, the Wildcats grasped an early 3-0 edge. St. Francis bounced back in the second and scored three goals, while the `Cats generated two tallies of their own. Villanova bested the opponent in the third by a 4-1 count to add to the lead with the score 9-4. The Terriers had an answer again, with three in the fourth, but ultimately dropped in an 11-7 decision.
A six-point performance (1G/5A) by Callan Edwards boosted the team to the victory. Junior Julia Penkal buried three goals to lead all scorers, while also contributing three steals. Emily Ryan, Elizabeth Clarke and Sadie Dutcher each tabbed two goals in the contest. Registering a goal and an assist was Hannah Ishida. Sarah Armel chipped in with two steals, an ejection drawn and a field block. Maddi Moore stopped 24 in front of the net.
The Wildcats are scheduled to battle Wagner (5:30 p.m.) on Saturday, April 7th for the second showdown among the two teams. Action will take place in Loudonville, N.Y at Siena Swim Center.