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Villanova Plays Host to MAAC Teams in Final Weekend of Conference Schedule

April 13, 2012

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Wildcats (7-17, 3-5) will round out the MAAC conference schedule and regular-season with four matches in their home pool at Villanova Swim Center. On Saturday, the `Cats collide with the Iona Gaels (10:00 a.m.) and Siena Saints (2:30 p.m.). The Red Foxes of Marist (10:30 a.m.) and Virginia Military Institute Keydets (3:00 p.m.) are set to face VU on Sunday.

VU will battle with Iona for the third time this season when the two schools square-off on Saturday morning. The Gaels have defeated the `Cats in the previous two matches. In the first contest, Iona won in a 16-7 decision. The Wildcats lost the second by a 14-3 count. Iona enters the weekend with an 18-11 overall record and is 7-1 in MAAC play.

Making their third appearance against Villanova is Siena (8-19, 3-6). The Saints came out victorious in both games, but only by narrow margins. The first dual took place at Siena Swim Center with the final result in favor of the Saints, 9-7. In the second and most recent contest, VU lost in similar fashion, 10-7, although nearly doubled the shot total of Siena in the battle.

Marist and Villanova will clash for only the second time on the 2012 slate. MC posted 14 tallies in the fifth contest for the `Cats on the conference schedule en route to a 14-4 triumph. On the season, the Red Foxes have accumulated 14 wins and 18 losses. In MAAC action, they boast a 6-2 record.

The final game for the `Cats on the regular-season will be in opposition to Virginia Military Institute (2-20, 0-9). The Keydets are in search of their first win in MAAC play at Villanova Swim Center. This competition marks the second among the two teams. Villanova bested the MAAC foe in a 12-7 final on April, 1st.

Junior Hannah Ishida leads the team in points with 40 and is the first to reach the 40-point plateau on the season. Two players follow closely behind the Honolulu native with 36 points, which include junior Julia Penkal and freshman Callan Edwards.