Feb. 18, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. -
Villanova traveled to Bucknell this weekend to participate in the Bison Invite tournament where they suffered defeats to No. 14 Indiana, Bucknell and George Washington. Indiana is the third nationally ranked team the Wildcats have been against in their first ten games of this season. Goaltender Maddi Moore tied a school record with seven steals against the Hoosiers, while Callan Edwards registered three goals throughout the weekend tournament.
Game 1: Villanova 3, No. 14 Indiana 12
The Wildcats fell to their third ranked opponent of the season against Indiana in their first contest. Both teams went scoreless in the first quarter, as Villanova's tough defensive game with Maddi Moore in goal shut down multiple Hoosier attempts. Indiana came out with two quick goals in the second quarter, but the Wildcat's continued a consistent offensive effort as Sadie Dutcher (Pasadena, Calif.) and Naomi Ng (Kapolei, Hawaii) kept the game in reach with one goal apiece. Dutcher converted the team's man up opportunity, while Ng netted one from center cage.
Indiana came out strong in the third quarter outscoring the Wildcats 5-0. They would go on to score four more and end the game with the 12-3 win. Sarah Kesack's (Harleysville, Pa.) last chance goal in the fourth quarter couldn't pull the Wildcats back for the win. The goal, scored off a man up opportunity, was Kesack's first collegiate score. Villanova would finish the game 2-5 on man up opportunities.
Maddie Moore notched 13 saves and seven steals during the contest. Her seven steals tied Kim Parre's record set in 2006 for most steals in a single game.
Game 2: Villanova 4, Bucknell 9
The Wildcats put up a good fight against the host team as they held the Bison to only four goals in the first half. The teams kept up an offensive tempo and had a number of kick outs, but were not able to convert a goal. In the third quarter, Villanova got on the board as Hannah Ishida (Honolulu, Hawaii) notched a goal off an unexpected center backhand. Bucknell registered five more goals in the second half, four of which came in the third quarter.
Despite the 8-1 score, Villanova continued to press hard offensively in the fourth quarter and tallied three goals. Callan Edwards (Oxnard, Calif.) drove in two off man up opportunities and Emily Ryan (Chicago, Ill.) put in sweep shot goal for Villanova, but the Wildcats would come up short 9-4 to Bucknell. The game was an improvement for Villanova who faced the Bison at the 2009 Princeton Invite and lost 17-3.
Maddi Moore had three saves in net and registered six steals.
Game 3: Villanova 6, George Washington 11
Villanova faced GW for the second time in two weekends in Lewisburg. The Colonials notched the first four goals of the game, but Sarina Shibata (Honolulu, Hawaii) kept the Wildcats in the game with two second quarter goals.
Shibata would also tally a goal in the third and teammates Julia Penkal (Harleysville, Pa.) and Callan Edwards would also put in goals in the same quarter. Sadie Dutcher recorded a score in the fourth but unfortunately, the Colonials never gave up control on the scoreboard and would go on to take the 11-6 win over Villanova. Goaltender Katie Latimer notched two saves.
The Wildcats will compete against George Washington two more times this season, including next weekend at the CWPA/MAAC tournament at Villanova.
Villanova is scheduled to host a CWPA/MAAC Crossover tournament this weekend at the Pavilion Swim Complex. The Wildcats are set to play Mercyhurst, George Washington, Harvard and Princeton. Fans can catch a glimpse of the action on Nova Nation All-Access for matches against Mercyhurst, George Washington and Harvard.