April 6, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The Villanova women's water polo team (8-16, 4-5 MAAC) went 1-1 Sunday with a 15-4 loss to Iona (12-15, 7-3) and a buzzer-beating 12-11 win over Siena (6-20, 2-8). The Wildcats finished 2-2 on the weekend at Siena.
Game 1: Iona 15, Villanova 4
The Gaels kept the Wildcats off the board in the first half while scoring 10 goals. Sarah Kesack broke the shutout at 3:14 in the third quarter and Sadie Dutcher added a tally two minutes later.
Game 2: Villanova 12, Siena 11
The Wildcats rallied from the early afternoon loss to beat host Siena, 12-11, on a buzzer-beater. Sarina Shibata tallied the game-winner as time expired.
"We had a great weekend of conference games," said head coach Damon Newman. "The Siena game was a total team win. Sarina scoring that 6-on-5 goal signified our never-say-die attitude."
Villanova took a 3-1 lead in the first quarter on goals from Sheila Gerrity, Sadie Dutcher and Naomi Ng. The Saints tied the game at three in the second quarter, and after a Shibata goal at 4:26, Siena scored two straight to take a 5-4 lead into halftime.
Ng tied the game again at five just 30 seconds after the break and Sarah Kesack took the lead back at 4:46. Ng, Shibata and Jodie Stautner each tallied goals as the Wildcats took a 9-6 lead going into the last quarter.
The Saints scored twice to start the stanza before Shibata scored her first of three goals for the quarter. Shibata scored again at 4:16 as the Wildcats took an 11-8 lead. With four unanswered goals, the Saints tied the game at 11 with 32 seconds left in the game.
With the team's preparing to go to overtime, Shibata tallied a goal with .1 seconds left in the game to take the 12-11 win for Villanova.
Julie Conrath made eight saves and recorded a steal.
The Wildcats travel to Staten Island, N.Y., next weekend to take on VMI at noon and St. Francis at 5:30 p.m.