Wildcats Return to Action on Saturday Afternoon, Start Conference Play on Sunday
March 22, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - This weekend Villanova returns from a 17-day layoff and also begins conference play, with a total of three games on tap for the weekend. First up for the Wildcats is a matchup at George Washington on Saturday afternoon. Villanova also plays Wagner and Iona in neutral site conference matches on Sunday.
Live streaming video of the contest against George Washington is available by clicking on the link at the top of this release. This will be the fourth meeting of the season between the Wildcats and Colonials and should be another close contest. George Washington recorded victories in each of the three previous meetings this season, including a win in a 23-18 slugfest at Villanova last month.
Sunday's games against Wagner and Iona will be played at VMI, which is a MAAC newcomer this season. Earlier this year the Wildcats faced Iona at the Harvard Home Kick-Off and were defeated by a 12-2 margin.
Villanova is 3-19 overall this season, though all three wins have come in the Wildcats last five outings. The team has been idle since wrapping up its Spring Break trip to California, where Villanova played in six matches at the Cal Lutheran Tournament and also played against Whittier and Chapman.
From an offensive standpoint the Wildcats have been led this season by freshman attacker Sarina Shibata (Honolulu, Hawaii), senior center Hannah Ishida (Honolulu, Hawaii) and sophomore driver Callan Edwards (Oxnard, Calif.). All three have scored more than 20 goals on the year and collectively have accounted for just over half of the Villanova scoring production. Edwards has scored 21 goals and also leads the team with 28 assists and 49 points.
Junior goalie Maddi Moore (Malvern, Pa.) is the focal points of the Wildcats defense and has made 75 saves while racking up 22 steals for the season. She tied a school record earlier this season when she had seven steals in a contest against nationally-ranked Indiana.