(Celina Wildemann / The Villanovan) Women’s lacrosse won one of two games on their Midwest road trip last weekend.
by Nick Fattori
Coming into their last two games of the regular season, the women’s lacrosse team was still searching for its first Big East win of the season as they traveled to play the University of Cincinnati and the University of Louisville.
They finally achieved a conference win against Cincinnati last Friday by a score of 17-7, but fell in their last game of the season on Sunday to Louisville 13-10. With the results, the ’Cats finished their season 6-10 (1-6).
In the ’Cats’ first game of the weekend, they traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, to take on the Bearcats.
This was a battle of the only two winless teams left in conference play, so something had to give. However, early on in the first half neither side gave the other any room to work.
Shots were hard to come by, and after a goal by junior midfielder Taylor Young opened up the scoring for Cincy three minutes into the game, there were only three total goals scored by both teams for over 20 minutes of action.
About six minutes later senior attacker Maria Bowman scored to tie the game up for ’Nova and with 12 minutes remaining in the half put them up two to one.
The lead did not last for long, and redshirt senior midfielder Kylie Ramsland tied the game up at two for Cincy.
After a stalemate for with no scoring for five minutes of game time, the ’Cats went on a run at the end of the half to give them a lead going into halftime.
A goal from sophomore attacker Jackie Froccaro and freshman midfielder Shannon Galvin put ’Nova up four to two.
Cincinnati cut the deficit to one with a goal from sophomore midfielder Megan Bell. However, Villanova quickly responded again, getting a goal apiece from senior and sophomore attackers Annie Fallon and Jessica Mucci.
Even though the first half was tightly contested for most of it, this was not the case in the second half.
The ’Cats took full control early on and never looked back after coming out of the locker room.
They started the half by scoring the first three goals, with Fallon, Mucci and Bowman all adding another to their tally.
And after Young of Cincy scored again to make it nine to four, ’Nova again ran off three straight goals on the Bearcats.
This time getting in on the action was freshman midfielder Chelsey Henderson, as well as two goals from senior attacker Shannon Lane.
After falling behind 12-4, Cincinnati tried to mount a comeback and scored two consecutive goals from senior attackers Marissa Pierson and Katie Kiriazoglou. But, it was too late for the Bearcats.
The ’Cats again scored three straight goals to go up 15-6. Henderson scored another, while only eleven seconds later senior defensemen Shawna Giust scored.
The run was then completed by a goal from junior attacker Ali Judge.
Late in the game Ramsland added another for Cincy.
To finish off the game, freshman midfielder Tierney Griff and junior attacker Katie Collopy tallied a goal each.
The late rally resulted in a final score of 17-7.
On the day ’Nova was led by Bowman who had three goals. Fallon also played a big role scoring two goals and adding two assists.
For Cincinnati, both Ramsland and Young scored twice to lead them.
Cincinnati finished the season off with a win Sunday against Rutgers to finish 7-9 overall (1-7 in Big East play).
On Sunday ’Nova continued their Midwest trek at Louisville. The ’Cats were trying to put together their first winning streak since late March and finish the season with back to back wins.
They started strong out of the gate getting the first goal of the game from junior attacker Ali Judge.
From that point on in the first half, Louisville carried the momentum.
They ran off five straight goals, the first and the last of that stretch from freshman midfielder Kaylin Morissette.
The streak was finally broken by Galvin to make the score five to two.
But once again, the Cardinals went on a big run. This time it was four unanswered goals.
The first two were from junior midfielder Colleen O’Malley. Junior midfielder Nikki Boltja also added her second goal of the day during the stretch.
After senior attacker Maria Bowman got one back for the ’Cats, Boltja added another for the Cardinals as they went into halftime with a 10-3 lead.
But, this large deficit meant nothing to ’Nova as they came out red hot to start the second half.
The ’Cats got five of the first six goals to start the half and cut the lead to only 11-8.
Froccaro scored two of those six and Judge added another.
’Nova now really thought they had a chance to win this game after being down what most would think is an insurmountable amount of goals.
But, four minutes after making it a three goal game, sophomore attacker Faye Brust scored for Louisville to make it 12-8, putting a stop to the huge momentum shift.
The ’Cats refused to quit though, and Froccaro answered right back to cut the lead to three once again.
It proved to be too little too late though for ’Nova. Morissette scored yet again to make it 13-9. Bowman added a late goal for the ’Cats to make the final tally 13-10.
For the day, ’Nova was led by Froccaro with three goals. Bowman and Judge also chipped in with two apiece and Mucci added four assists to lead the team.
Boltja and Morissette carried the Cardinals with four and three goals respectively as they finish their season with a record of 10-6 (2-5).
This was the final game for eight Wildcat seniors as they complete a great four-year run together.
The ’Cats will look to build off of this year. Moving forward, many outstanding players on both sides of the ball are coming back for the 2014 spring season.
Villanova’s squad will be led by the trio of attackers Froccaro, Judge and Mucci, as well as midfielder Chelsey Henderson, who all were major contributors to the team this season.