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Men’s Division I college wrap: Villanova edges Towson, 10-9, to claim CAA crown and NCAA berth

Sunday, 3rd May 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 5/3/09

   Villanova earned its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) men’s championship Saturday when it defeated host Towson, 10-9, clinching a berth in the NCAA Division I tournament.

   The fourth-seeded Wildcats (11-5) knocked off top-seeded Hofstra Wednesday and the second-seeded Tigers to be the lowest seed to ever win the title.

    The Villanova defense, first in the CAA, was able to hold on after Towson (7-10) scored five of the last six goals and drew within 10-9 with 43 seconds left.

   Freshman C.J. Small led Villanova with three goals while freshman Kevin Cunningham notched a goal and three assists in the victory. Wildcat senior goalkeeper Andrew DiLoreto recorded ten saves.

    Villanova scored five unanswered goals at the end of the first half to take an 8-3 halftime lead. To open the third quarter, the Tigers Tim Stratton brought his team within four at the 11:27 mark. Villanova’s Small would strike for the third time at the 10:12 mark to give the Wildcats a 9-4 lead.

    Along with the victory, four Wildcats were named to the CAA All-Tournament Team. Sophomore Brian Karalunas, Matt Fritts and Cunningham were honored while DiLoreto was named the most outstanding player in the Championship.

    Mark Scioscia and T.J. O’Donnell each had two goals for the Wildcats Saturday while karalunas, Eddie DiDonato (La Salle), Chris Ficke and Bryan McCartney (Archbishop Wood) led the defense. 

    With the win, Villanova is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Their opponent will be announced tonight during the NCAA selection show.

2009 Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Lacrosse All-Championship Team

Andrew DiLoreto, Villanova (Most Outstanding Player)

Matthew Fritts, Villanova

Brian Karalunas, Villanova

Kevin Cunningham, Villanova

Rob Wheeler, Towson

Will Harrington, Towson

Justin Schneider, Towson

Brendan Baker, Drexel

Kevin Dart, Drexel

Jay Card, Hofstra

Steven DeNapoli, Hofstra

Penn 11, Army 10

    Craig Andrzejewski had three goals and four assists and Garve Heiderman tallied three goals while goalie Greg Murray (West Chester East) made 17 saves as the Quakers (5-8) finished their season with a win.

Penn State 12, Georgetown 11, 2 OT

    Rob Forster (La Salle) had the game-winner and tallied four overall as the No. 20 Nittany Lions (9-4, 4-3 ECAC) closed out the regular season in style with the win over the host and No. 16 Hoyas (7-7, 3-4).

   Penn State won its sixth straight win as Matthew Mackrides (Malvern Prep) had a goal and two assists and goalie Drew Adams (Springfield-Delco) had 19 saves, including four in the overtime periods. Colton Vosburgh (Unionville) added a goal and two assist for PSU.

Syracuse 13, Colgate 7

    Scott Kahoe (Radnor) scored once as the Orangemen (12-2) closed their regular season with the win.

Johns Hopkins 11, Loyola 10, 2OT

    Brian Christopher (Springfield-Delco) scored in the second overtime to lift the Blue Jays (9-4) past the rival Greyhounds (9-5). Christopher finished with four goals and an assist and Kyle Wharton (Haverford School) added three goals while Matt Dolente (Malvern Prep) won 11 of 22 face-offs. Jake Willcox (Malvern Prep) scored twice for Loyola, while P.T. Ricci (Conestoga) had an assist and four groundballs, and defenders Eddie Graham (La Salle) and Steve Layne (Malvern Prep) each had three groundballs.  

Princeton 11, Brown 7

    Paul Barnes (Haverford School) scored once and won 14 of 22 face-offs as the Tigers (12-2, 5-1) clinched a tie for the Ivy League championship with Cornell by downing Brown (12-3, 4-2) before a home crowd of 2,132.



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