09 Dec 2021 | 11:39 | Lacrosse
Villanova battled No. 19 Hofstra evenly for 51 plus minutes Saturday afternoon in Hempstead, N.Y. The Pride, however, notched the final three goals of the contest and emerged with a 12-9 non-league victory over the Wildcats.
Haley Driscoll tallied three goals for Villanova. Alexa Moro made seven saves in goal for the ‘Cats.
Villanova (2-4 overall) needed just 19 seconds to get on the scoreboard. Libby McKenna scored to give the Wildcats an early edge. A pair of goals from Katie Comerford, the second off a Free Position opportunity, made it 3-0. When Olivia Piccirilli scored eight minutes into the first period, Nova held a 4-0 lead and the Pride elected to call for a timeout.
Hofstra (3-1 overall) was able to reverse the momentum, however. It reeled off five consecutive goals, four of them off the stick of Alyssa Parrella. The last of those came at 11:18 and gave the Pride its first lead of the day. Parrella’s fifth goal of the half extended the Hofstra lead to 6-4 with 7:02 to play until halftime.
Another Parrella goal pushed the Pride lead to 7-4 but Villanova senior Haley Driscoll’s seventh goal of the season, off an assist from Kayla Gulmi, with 31 seconds left in the first half narrowed the deficit to 7-5. That’s where the score stood at halftime.
The sixth goal of the day for Parrella nudged the Pride lead to 8-5 but Gulmi added one to the Wildcats’ column at 19:36 to shave the deficit to 8-6. Parrella scored again to make it 9-6 but Villanova responded with three goals, the last of which was scored by Driscoll to knot matters at nine with 9:53 on the game clock.
But the Pride got the game’s final three goals, all scored by Parella, who finished with 10 for the day.
Villanova will be idle until Friday when it visits BIG EAST rival Georgetown for the first of two games next weekend against the Hoyas in Washington, D.C.