After last minute rally women fall to Patriot League rival Lehigh

Anne Boyd

With ‘Novas’ three goals in the first minutes of the game, Lehigh was a little rattled for a while. But it regained its confidence, and after a last minute scoring streak, came back to surprise everyone by beating the Villanova women’s lacrosse team 13-11.

At Wednesday’s game against Lehigh, the ‘Cats started powerfully with their first goal just seconds into the game.

Within the next three minutes, junior Katie Mannix and senior Meghan Carolan both fired in goals making the score 3-1.

After regaining possession of the ball, Lehigh made a quick breakaway to shoot one in, narrowing the game to one. By halftime the game was tied at seven.

Second half play was tied at nine where it stayed until the four minute mark when Lehigh started its four goal streak with two right in a row.

Villanova scored one in between, but with one minute left, Lehigh sealed the game with two more goals. After this 13-11 loss the ‘Cats are now 4-7 overall and 1-4 in the Patriot League.

Villanova had another disappointing loss when they faced off against the Pennsylvania Quakers, suffering a 16-1 defeat.

With their only goal shot in by senior Elizabeth Firth, the women were out shot by Penn 28-11.

Preceding the game versus the Quakers, Villanova fell to American 14-7 after the Eagles set the pace with four goals right off the bat. Hanley had one goal while Wildcat’s Leslie McDermott and Amy Rocap both scored two each. Senior Meghan Carolan had two assists.

Next up for the women will be Johns Hopkins Wednesday at Villanova Stadium at 7 p.m.