`Cats Earn Fourth Spot in 2012 MAAC Championships
April 29, 2012
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The women's water polo team ended a successful season with the loss to the host of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships, Marist, as Villanova would contend for a MAAC tournament title for the first time since the 2007 campaign.
The Wildcats notched two scores in the first quarter from junior Emily Ryan and freshman Callan Edwards to keep an even scoring pace with the Red Foxes. Tantalizing defense from Villanova, along with key saves from Maddi Moore, helped to limit the offensive opportunities in their zone.
A shift of momentum occurred in the second quarter of play as Marist netted five tallies while Villanova managed to find the back of the cage two times. Callan Edwards was awarded her second goal of the afternoon with her outstanding shot on net while junior Julia Penkal recorded the second goal in the period. The `Cats were at a slight disadvantage at the end of the quarter with the score 7-4.
In the regular-season series between the schools, Marist posted 25 goals in the two games played while Villanova registered six tallies, as the Red Foxes were tenacious on both sides of the ball. Marist was victorious in both by scores of 14-4 and 11-2.
Villanova and Marist seemed to have approached the second half with new frame of mind on the defensive end since there would only be one goal between both teams in the third quarter. The lone tally for the Red Foxes was scored by freshman Alison Hamby.
The fourth quarter featured an offensive barrage of nine goals, although the Red Foxes would post the majority with six. At the end of the second half, Marist was victorious in a 14-7 decision.
The Wildcats had their best scoring output of the game in the fourth quarter with three goals. Freshman Callan Edwards fired the ball in the net once again to complete the hat trick. Julia Penkal and Emily Ryan each scored one in the last quarter. Both of the juniors contributed with two goals in the contest while Maddi Moore accrued 10 saves, four steals and one ejection drawn between the pipes.
Two players posted two assists in the contest, which included freshman Sadie Dutcher and junior Julia Penkal. Penkal led the team in points (4) and had three ejections drawn while Edwards followed behind with three points, one steal and one ejection drawn. Ishida culminated four ejections and one steal as she provided a solid defensive effort.
At the conclusion of the tournament, Hannah Ishida was named to the 2012 MAAC All-Tournament team along with MAAC First-Team and MAAC All-Academic accolades that she was rewarded with on Friday, April 27th at the awards banquet. She registered one goal, one assist, five ejections drawn and a field block in the two tournament losses against Iona and Marist.
Top-seeded Iona College edged third-seeded Wagner College by an overtime score of 10-9 in the championship that began at 2 p.m. this afternoon. Junior utility Alyssa Turza was named Most Outstanding Performer from her strong play in the victory.