NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The Villanova Wildcats (12-15, 5-9 MAAC) wrapped up their 2017 season with a 18-9 defeat to No. 19 Wagner (23-10, 14-0 MAAC) at Hynes Athletics Center Pool on the campus of Iona College.
Junior center Dominique Clark followed up her eight-goal outburst against George Washington on Thursday with four scores against first place Seahawks. In her final game as a Wildcat, senior Sheila Gerrity notched two goals, while Katie French, Kate Stenmoen, and Jenna Gavenman each added a goal in the season finale. Senior goalie Olivia Perry made seven stops in net for the Wildcats in her final game.
The Seahawks jumped to a 6-1 lead in the first quarter by scoring the first five goals of the contest. Gavenman’s even strength goal with 32 seconds left in the opening quarter put the Wildcats on the scoreboard. Wagner added a buzzer-beating goal with just one second left on the clock to take a 5-1 advantage in the second quarter.
Clark netted her first score to start the second quarter scoring, but Wagner countered with 4-0 run to take a 10-2 with 2:17 left until halftime. Clark recorded her second goal on a buzzer-beating shot with just a second left until halftime as the Wildcats trailed Wagner 10-3 at the half.
Villanova cut Wagner’s lead to six when Gavenman found Clark as the Berkeley, California native registered her third goal of the contest just a minute into the quarter. Wagner padded its lead with a score, but Clark’s fourth goal on a penalty shot cut the Seahawks’ lead back to six at 11-5 with 5:10 left in the third period. Wagner finished the quarter strong on a 4-0 run to take a 15-5 lead into the final quarter.
French earned her goal early in the fourth quarter, but Wagner increased its lead back to 10 at 16-6 with 5:39 remaining. The Seahawks and Wildcats traded goals, as Gerrity converted a shot on a pass from Stenmoen with 4:50 left. Stenmoen then logged a goal of her own with 3:19 on the clock as Villanova trailed 17-8 with 3:19 left. Gerrity notched her final goal of her career with 1:24 left on an assist from Clark, but Wagner’s lead proved too much as the Seahawks prevailed 18-9.
Villanova finishes the season with 12-15 regular season record along with a 5-9 conference record against MAAC oppnents.