Feb. 25, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. -
Water polo hosted their first home tournament of the season this past weekend. In the CWPA/MAAC crossover matchups, Villanova faced Mercyhurst, George Washington, Harvard and Princeton. The Wildcats showed much improvement over the four games and just missed a victory over Mercyhurst as the team fell 7-9 in a double overtime contest. Sarina Shibata notched eight goals in a single game, for nine points total with an assist, against George Washington.
Game 1: Villanova 7, Mercyhurst 9
In their first game of the weekend, Villanova came out strong against Mercyhurst in one of their tightest matches of the season. Sophomore Callan Edwards (Oxnard, Calif.) put the Wildcats on the scoreboard in the first minute of the game, but the Lakers struck back and evened the score at the end of the first quarter at 1-1.
The Lakers continued to pressure Villanova's defense and took advantage of four man-down possessions, scoring two goals in the second quarter. Senior Emily Ryan (Chicago, Ill.) would keep the game close with a last minute second quarter goal, but Mercyhurst held the 2-3 lead at halftime. The Wildcats made a run early in the third with a goal from Hannah Ishida (Honolulu, Hawaii) and another goal from Ryan to put the `Cats up 4-3. The two teams battled in the fourth quarter as Villanova took the lead twice with goals from Lauren Peachey (Harleysville, Pa.) and a second from Hannah Ishida. Ishida would also end the game with two field blocks and a steal, while Peachey came away with an assist and four steals on top of her fourth quarter score.
The Wildcats were unable to capitalize on man-up attempts and was left with a tie game at 7-7. In double overtime, Villanova couldn't get on the scoreboard, and Mercyhurst came away with the 9-7 victory.
Game 2: Villanova 18, George Washington 23
The third matchup of the season against the Colonials is Villanova's highest scoring game of the season. The Wildcats saw goals from nine different players.
Freshman Sarina Shibata (Honolulu, Hawaii) truly shined for Villanova in yet another nail biting matchup with George Washington. Shibata's nine points tied two school records for most points in a single game (9) and most goals in a single game (8). Kim Pare recorded eight goals in 2005 and nine points in 2004.
Hannah Ishida drew seven kick outs, allowing the team to six man-up opportunities and a five-meter penalty shot. She netted a goal and tallied three assists.
Julia Penkal (Harleysvile, Pa.), Lauren Peachey, Emily Ryan, Callan Edwards, Sammy Salvo (New Canaan, Conn.) and Naomi Ng (Kapolei, Hawaii) also notched goals for Villanova. Sadie Dutcher (Pasadena, Calif.) had two scores in the loss.
Game 3: Villanova 10, Harvard 20
The Wildcats fell to Harvard for the third time this season with another high scoring game. Villanova played tough versus the Crimson and kept the score 5-3 after the first quarter. Harvard extended their lead in the second quarter, and would hold onto it for the remainder of the game.
Freshman Sarina Shibata had another standout game with three goals and two assists. Hannah Ishida continued to prove she is an all-around player with two goals, three assists and four kick outs drawn. Ishida's five points tied a previous career-high.
Game 4: Villanova 4, Princeton 14
Villanova found themselves on the losing end to Princeton for the third time this season. The Wildcats went down early in the first quarter, unable to capitalize on man-up opportunities and allowing the Tigers to an 8-0 lead at the half.
The team came out in the second half with some intensity as Sarina Shibata scored a five-meter penalty. Following Shibata's score, Hannah Ishida notched a goal late in the third to make the game 2-12 heading into the final quarter of play. Sadie Dutcher and Julia Penkal each netted a goal in the final quarter, but the `Cats couldn't come back from the deficit and Princeton took home the win.
Villanova will next head to California to participate in the Cal Lutheran Tournament in Thousand Oaks, Calif.