Nine ‘Cats score goals, throttle Panthers

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Villanova formed a scoring carousel on Friday afternoon at the Convergence Tournament with nine Wildcats finding the back of the net in a 22-10 win over Chapman.

The 22 goals scored by Villanova (9-8) mark the most the team has scored in a game since the 2019 season when it scored 22 and 26 against Penn State Behrend on March 30 and Feb. 24, respectively. Nine different Wildcats got goals into the Chapman (5-7) net with eight of them logging multi-goal outings.

Kaysie Stuba led the ‘Cats with four goals with Allie Hansen, Joia McKinney and Emily McKenzie also logging hat tricks at three goals each.

Chapman was the first team on the board but the Wildcats answered ferociously with a 5-0 run, four of those coming from the duo of Stuba and Hansen. McKinney stopped a string of back-to-back Panther goals as time expired in the first period, making it a 7-3 contest.

The seven goals scored by the ‘Cats in the opening period matched the second-most scored in a frame this season, one off of the eight they scored in the first against Mercyhurst on Feb. 27.

Stella Byles and Amanda Rice jumped onto the stat sheet with their first goals of the game early in the second period, putting Villanova up 9-3. The Panthers got a goal back on a power play but that was answered with a 4-0 Wildcat run to close out the frame. Emily Morrissey started the blitz with an all-alone look before Lauren Picard and McKenzie connected on chances of their own. A stop by Abigail Shelby in the final minute of the half ice to McKinney notching her hat trick with 22-seconds remaining in the half to make it a 13-4 Villanova lead.

Chapman scored the first goal of the second half on powerplay shot from Camille Chiang. The Wildcats scored four unanswered goals after that, starting with a hat trick for Hansen at the 5:33 mark. Stuba also collected her hat trick moments later before she and Byles both converted penalty shots to make it 16-5 with 3:47 left in the third. The Panthers put two more on the board before McKenzie and Rice both scored their second goals of the match. Kasey Markell scored as time expired, cutting into the lead at 19-7 heading into the fourth.

The Neither team could land a look into the net in the fourth until Morrissey scored at the 4:40 mark to swell the lead, 20-8. After a goal for the Panthers, Amelia Baca netted a wide-open opportunity to be the ninth Wildcat to score in the outing. McKenzie delivered the final goal of the game with just two seconds remaining, her second hat trick in as many games.

Hansen and Picard both set new season-highs with their three and two-goal performances, respectively. All-told, the ‘Cats scored on 22 of their 31 attempts with 13 assists. Both McKenzie and Stuba led the team with five points – Stuba adding an assist to her four goals while McKenzie was credited with a team-high two assists.

Shelby and Sarah Shaw split time in the net for the ‘Cats with Shaw coming in at the start of the second half. Shelby allowed four goals with four saves in the opening half before Shaw allowed six with seven saves. They each tallied an assist.

The final day of the Convergence Tournament brings two more games for Villanova, facing Santa Clara at noon EST followed by Whittier at 3:45 pm EST.

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