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Villanova Falls to First Ranked Opponent of 2015 Campaign

March 7, 2015

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Villanova, Pa. –

The Villanova women’s lacrosse team (1-3) took on No. 18 Stony Brook (3-0) in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Long Island this afternoon as they competed against their first ranked team of the season. The Wildcats dropped the match with a score of 13-6.

The score wasn’t a true indicator of the game,” said Head Coach Julie Young. “I was happy with how hard our team fought and battled today. The Stony Brook goalie, Kaitlyn Leahy, made some key saves in the second half when we were coming on strong. Even though we didn’t win, we walked away having improved on a lot things we worked on in practice this week.”

The Seawolves came out fast posting their first goal of the game less than 45 seconds. Stony Brook added two more goals within seven minutes of the half to force Head Coach Julie Young to take a time out.

Junior Meghan Breen found the back of the net first for the Wildcats 19:56 remaining in the half off a pass from senior Jessica Mucci; the goal marks the sixth for the attack player this season.

Less than five minutes later, Mucci once again created a goal opportunity for the Wildcats as she found junior Kelsey Denihan for Nova goal number two.

The Seawolves were able to send the Wildcats into the locker room trailing 6-2.

Villanova came out at half with a vengeance as two and a half minutes into the half, Mucci found a third, separate teammate in fellow senior Hannah Goforth to bring the score to 6-3.

After two more Stony Brook goals, senior Jackie Froccaro scored her ninth goal of the season off a pass from sophomore Carrolyn Dottino with 19:21 remaining in the half.

The momentum burst was not enough as the Seawolves posted five unanswered until Froccaro put the ball behind Stony Brook’s Leahy for her tenth goal of the season. Five minutes later off a pass from Mucci, Froccaro added goal number 11 to make the final score Stony Brook: 13, Villanova 6.

In goal for the Wildcats, junior Jacklyn Fraum once again started between the posts and logged nine saves her nine allowed. Playing just over 13 minutes, freshman Julia Michael also posted doubles with four saves and four allowed goals.

Leading the Nova defense, sophomore Sam Scarfogliero posted four ground balls, two draw controls and one caused turnover.

Senior co-captian Jackie Froccaro continues her strong senior campaign with her second game in a row with three or more points posting three goals on three shots, two ground balls, three draw controls and one caused turnover.

Fellow senior and co-captain Jessica Mucci continues to be an incredible goal-scoring creator as she logged season-high four assists against the Seawolves with each of her assists going to a different teammate. Mucci is currently (before these stats were factored) ranked in the top-30 in the country averaging 1.67

The Wildcats will host the Delaware Blue Hens on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. in their first midweek game at home of the season.

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