April 5, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The Villanova women's water polo team (7-15, 3-4 MAAC) went 1-1 in the first day of competition Saturday at Siena. The Wildcats dropped their first game, 11-5, to Wagner (16-11, 5-1 MAAC) before defeating VMI (10-15, 2-4 MAAC) by a score of 9-7 in the afternoon.
Villanova is back in action Sunday against Iona (11-14, 6-2) at noon and host Siena (6-19, 2-7) at 4 p.m.
Game 1: Wagner 11, Villanova 5
The Seahawks scored four straight goals to start the contest before Sarina Shibata netted a goal with 2:26 left in the second quarter. Callan Edwards added a tally at 1:34 and the Wildcats went into halftime down 4-2.
After another Wagner goal, Sheila Gerrity scored at 5:27 in the third quarter. Shibata added her second goal of the game at 1:18, but with two more goals, the Seahawks took a 7-4 lead into the last quarter.
Sadie Dutcher scored with 19 seconds left in the game, but the Wagner offense had been active until that point as the Seahawks won, 11-5.
Game 2: Villanova 9, VMI 7
Sadie Dutcher scored first against the Keydets less than a minute into the game. VMI tied the contest 15 seconds later and took the lead with 2:30 left in the first quarter. Sheila Gerrity scored at 2:09 and the teams went into the second tied 2-2.
The Wildcats scored four straight goals in the second quarter while keeping VMI off the board. Dutcher, Naomi Ng, Gerrity and Callan Edwards each tallied goals as the Wildcats took a 6-2 lead into halftime.
Ng scored the first goal after the break to increase the Wildcat lead to five. The Keydets were able to get on the board for the first time since 2:30 in the first quarter at 2:22 in the third, but Edwards scored for Villanova less than a minute later. VMI tallied once more as the Wildcats took an 8-4 lead into the last quarter.
After a Keydet goal 20 seconds into the fourth stanza, Lizzie Newman scored Villanova's final goal at 4:59. VMI notched two more goals as the Keydets tried to mount a comeback, but the Wildcats took the game, 9-7.
Gerrity, Edwards, Ng and Newman each tallied two goals in the game. Julie Conrath made 13 shots and made one steal in net.