April 15, 2012

Verdict Villanova: Judge Scores Winner in OT

from press release

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- A game-winning goal in overtime from sophomore Ali Judge gave the Villanova women's lacrosse team its second Big East conference victory of the season as the Wildcats defeated Louisville 9-8 on Sunday afternoon at Villanova Stadium.

The Wildcats are now 4-9 overall and 2-3 in the conference, which is their most victories since joining the Big East. It is also Villanova's first win over the Cardinals.

Seniors Justine Donodeo, Princess Livingston and Mary Liva were honored in a pre-game ceremony as they played in their final home game.

Donodeo and sophomore Caroline Guidera led the squad with three goals apiece. Judge totaled two goals and classmate Ali Brandenburg scored one goal along with one assist.

Livingston had two caused turnovers and one ground ball in the game.

Villanova got on the board first at 20:20 in the first half as Donodeo connected on a free position shot and put the 'Cats in front with a 1-0 lead.

Louisville answered with back to-back goals and took a 2-1 lead at the 17:02 mark after a goal from Jamie Redding.

Guidera didn't keep Villanova behind long as she found the back of the net on a free position shot at 15:50, but three minutes later at 12:42 the Cardinals regained the lead after 'Nova turned the ball over as Eleni Kozas scored unassisted.

Donodeo got the Wildcats back on even ground as she scored on an assist from Maria Bowman with 7:39 remaining and the 3-3 tie held throughout the remainder of the first half as neither team scored again.

Louisville held a slight edge with 11 shots in the first half, while the Wildcats took nine and each team's goalie had three saves.

Five minutes into the second half, the Cardinals broke the tie as Coleen O'Malley connected on a free-position shot to put Louisville in front, 4-3.

The Wildcats converted a man-up opportunity as Guidera found the back of the net at 21:30, which tied the game at 4-4, but the Cardinals quickly regained a 5-4 lead after Redding scored her second goal of the day at the 17:18 mark in the second half.

Louisvile scored again 30 seconds later when Casey Pepperman scored, but Villanova took advantage of a Cardinals' turnover as Guidera scored from Brandenburg and pulled to within 6-5 at the 15:27 mark.

The Cardinals took back their two-goal lead when O'Malley scored again and seven seconds later Cat Gordon won the draw and took the ball to the Villanova net where she scored to extend the Cardinals' lead to 8-5.

A goal from Judge from junior Annie Fallon at the 10:49 mark began Villanova's scoring rally to close the gap at two goals and with 7:35 remaining in the game, Brandenburg pulled the 'Cats to within one point, 8-7 as she scored on an unassisted goal. 14 seconds later Donodeo scored after Maria Bowman won the draw and tied the game at 8-8 with 7:21 remaining.

The final seven minutes were scoreless as the Wildcats could not convert a last second shot and forced overtime.

In the extra period, Villanova attacked and scored first as Judge connected on a well-placed assist from Fallon with just two seconds left before the teams switched sides. Her goal would be the game-winner as strong Villanova defense held the Cardinals scoreless.

In goal junior Dani Wiedmeier picked up her third win of the season with seven saves.

Villanova held a narrow edge on shots, 22-20, but the Cardinals won the battle of the draw, 14-6.


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