April 17, 2009

'Nova Overcomes 4-Goal Deficit, Beats Lancers

from press release

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats surged back from a four goal deficit to defeat Longwood (8-6) in a women's lacrosse contest played on Friday evening at Villanova Stadium. The `Cats scored six consecutive goals in a span of 16 minutes in the second half and went on to even their season record at 7-7.

Senior Taryn McKenna set the pace with seven goals, including her 100th as a collegian in the first half. Junior Erica Rybinski contributed a goal and three assists as VU bounced back from a tight loss to local rival Temple in the rain on Tuesday to chalk up its sixth victory in seven outings.

The two squads traded goals in the first 13 minutes of the contest. A goal by senior Taylor Lucy, set up by Rybinski, evened things up at four apiece with 17:54 remaining in the first half. But a goal from Amanda Bereznay got the Lancers rolling and they would go on to score four more times in the period to take a 9-6 lead into the break.

Liz Sellmayer scored 36 seconds into the second half to give Longwood a 10-6 cushion and that's when Villanova responded with a burst of scoring. Senior Katie Stone started it with an unassisted goal followed by scores by Mia Naccarato, Rybinski and Rachel Lasda at 13:59 to tie the game at 10. McKenna then scored a pair of goals in 1:05 to push the Villanova advantage to 12-10 with 12:26 left in regulation.

Sellmayer tallied a pair of goals for Longwood off draw controls in a 24 second span and suddenly the contest was tied again with 11:33 left. Sophomore Carly Miller converted a free position opportunity for VU before Longwood replied with a Karli Brentlinger score to tie it at 13. But Lucy scored off a feed from Naccarato with 8:44 left and 38 seconds later Miller struck again to make it 15-13. McKenna finished off the scoring when she finished off a pass from Miller to make it a 16-13 final.

Maggie Langan made 11 saves in net for the `Cats. VU outshot Longwood 29-28 on the night and the Lancers had a 24-22 advantage in ground balls.

Villanova will bid farewell to its senior class on Tuesday night in ceremonies prior to the 7:00 p.m. contest at the Stadium against Lafayette.

Notes - McKenna moved into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time VU goals scored list past Cecily Pierce with her seven tallies tonight. She now has 105 goals over her four seasons on the Main Line.

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