Villanova Takes a Thriller

Villanova takes a thriller, 11-10. The LaSalle Lady Explorers (1-2) and the Villanova Lady Wildcats (2-3) matched up in a masterpiece. After a late time out, LaSalle attempted a cross turf pass that was picked off by Libby McKenna who took off for the Explorers net.

She dished off to Brittany Bruno who put one between the legs of Molly Laughlin to cap off a Wildcats come back. Villanova started off hot and etched a 3-0 lead. Katie Comerford (2g,3a), Alexa Tsahalis (1g), and Libby McKenna (3g,1a) doing the honors. Comerford had the helper on the last two goals.

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It then became the LaSalle show. They picked themselves up, dusted off and countered, and raised with goals from, Bridget Rusky (5g,1) on the advantage. A pair from Allison Hunter (2g,1a) followed by Rusky setting up Emily Johnston (2g) to give LaSalle a 4-3 lead. It stayed that way for five minutes and finally, Comerford assisted on an advantage goal from Brittany Bruno (4g).

Gabby Burton (1g) put LaSalle back in the lead but, with just :40 to play, Libby McKenna (3g,1a) ended the taut first half, 5-5. The goal exchange continued with Rusky and Caroline Curnal (1g,1a)keeping it tied. Johnston notched her second, but, not following the script, Rusky tallied on the advantage to give LaSalle a two-goal advantage, 8-6 with 26:44 on the clock.

The defenses took over and neither team scored for twelve minutes until Libby McKenna made it a one-goal affair at 8-7. Rusky and Comerfeld did the exchange thing again and things were getting tense. Bruno and Rusky kept the back and forth in order. With 3:40 left, LaSalle was clinging to a precarious 10-9 lead. It became the Brittany Bruno show as she dominated the final two minutes.

First, converting a pretty feed from Kayla Gulmi (1a) then the heroics started by McKenna with just :07 showing to give Villanova the wild come back finish, 11-10.

Shots were 28-22 Villanova with Shots on Goal also favoring ‘Nova, 18-14. Villanova netminder, Alex Moro made 3 saves while gathering 4 ground balls. Molly Laughlin turned away 7 shots. Ground Balls went in favor of LaSalle, 17-15. Villanova takes a thriller.

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