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Villanova Wins On Buzzer-Beater over Siena
Sarina Shibata scored five goals, including the game-winner, against Siena.

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.

Sheila Gerrity and Callan Edwards each scored in the fourth, but the Iona differential was too much to overcome.

Julie Conrath made eight saves while Olivia Perry made five.

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.