Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/22/09
Chris Aitken (Haverford School) scored two goals as host Villanova held off a late Delaware comeback attempt Saturday night and claimed a 5-4 victory in a men’s lacrosse Colonial Athletic Association opener.
The Wildcats improved to 6-1 overall while the Blue Hens fell to 2-6.
Villanova led, 5-2, and controlled play through three periods. Delaware outshot the ‘Cats, 12-5, in the fourth period and had chances to tie it, but Nova’s defense held.
Matthew Fritts, Tim Langan Jr. and Tim Driscoll added one goal apiece for Villanova while Chris MacDonald had an assist. Andrew DiLoreto made 10 saves to earn the win and T.J. O’Donnell led the midfield by winning 4 of 6 face-offs and snaring three groundballs.
Chris Ficke (three groundballs), La Salle grad Eddie DiDonato (two groundballs), Brian Karalunas (two groundballs) and Archbishop Wood grad Bryan McCartney paced the defense.
Josh Covelesky and Curtis Dickson each had a goal and an assist for Delaware. Noah Fossner made 18 saves.
Drexel 11, Lafayette 9
Colin Ambler (Abington) led the Dragons (3-4) with three goals and two assists while Ron Garling (Ridley) and Kevin Stockel each had two goals. Mark Manos (West Chester, Salesianum, DE) made 14 saves.
St. Joseph’s 7, Canisius 6
Charlie Gorman notched three goals and Tom Dunn added two while Scott Cullinan (West Chester East) had a goal and an assist for the Hawks (3-5) in their MAAC win. Erik Hotaling posted 10 saves for St. Joe’s
Harvard 11, Penn 4
Casey O’Rourke (Haverford School), Morgan Griff, Dan Savage and Garvey Heiderman scored for the Quakers (1-4) as they fell to 0-2 in the Ivy League.
Lehigh 10, St. John’s 9
The visiting Mountain Hawks (3-6) knocked off their second Top 20 team in overtime in a week as Will Scudder (Haverford School) won 12 of 23 face-offs and Blaise Fullen (Penn Charter) played strong at midfield with two caused turnovers.
Virginia 16, Johns Hopkins 15
Ken Clausen (Hill School) scooped four groundballs and John Haldy (Haverford School) scored once for the No. 1 Cavaliers (10-0) as they rallied past the host Blue Jays to stay unbeaten before 5,475 at Homewood Field.
Brian Christopher (Springfield-Delco) had a big day for the Blue Jays (3-3Z), scoring four goals and adding an assist. Kyle Wharton (Haverford School) added two goals and an assist and Greg Harrington (Hill School) had two groundballs.
Syracuse 13, Binghamton 4
Scott Kahoe (Radnor) scored once and won 4 of 6 face-offs while scooping four groundballs for the No. 2 Orangemen (5-1).
UMBC 9, Ohio State 8, OT
James Green (Central Bucks East) scored twice and Eddie Bambino (Penn Charter) once for the losing Buckeyes (4-3).
Notre Dame 13, Vermont 7
Duncan Swezey (Hatboro-Horsham) scored two goals and assisted on another for the No. 3 Irish (6-0).
Hofstra 6, Sacred Heart 5
Michael Colleluori (Ridley) had a goal an assist and two groundballs for the Pride (4-1) as they took their CAA opener.
Army 8, Holy Cross 5
Rob McCallion (Episcopal Academy) had a goal and an assist for Army (5-3) in the Patriot League win.
Fairfield 5, Penn State 4, OT
Jack Forster (La Salle) had a goal and two assists, Colton Vosburgh (Unionville) scored once and Drew Adams (Springfield-Delco) made 13 stops for the Nittany Lions, who fell to 0-2 in the ECAC.
Gwynedd-Mercy College 10, Shenandoah 8
The Griffins (5-3) took their Colonial States Athletic Conference opener as Matt Houk scored four goals and Nicholas Coan (Garnet Valley) added two goals and three assists.
Haverford College 13, Hampden-Sydney 3
Max Hjelm (Conestoga) scored four goals and Myles Monaghan added three for the Black Squirrels (5-1).
Roanoke 16, Cabrini 13
Scott Reimer (Henderson) scored three goals for the Cavaliers (4-3) in their loss to No. 4 Roanoke (9-0).
Swarthmore 10, Dickinson 5
Tyler Bradshaw scored four goals and Kevin Friedenberg posted 18 saves to lead the Garnet (2-3) to the Centennial Conference win.
DeSales 7, Eastern 6
Andrew Ervin (Neshaminy) scored once for DeSales (2-4). Matt Wagner led Eastern (3-3) with three tallies.
Vassar 11, Neumann 4 (Friday)
Kyle Gardner (Perkiomen School) scored twice for Neumann (0-6).