Phillylacrosse.com, Posteds 2/21/15
From Press Release
The weather may have looked the same but the result was much improved as Villanova (1-1) downed No. 17 Penn State (1-2) 11-7 today at Villanova Stadium. It marked the second-straight weekend Villanova played on a snow-covered turf as Saturday’s contest was moved up an hour to beat the worst of an East Coast snowstorm.
With the win, Villanova improves to 4-4 against the Nittany Lions dating back to 2008 and 5-16 all-time since 1990.
Villanova started the game fast and never gave up the lead after two back-to-back goals within 47 seconds to begin the contest. Junior LSM Jordan Cunningham recorded his first career goal just 15 seconds into the match with a streak down the field following a ground ball pickup off the starting faceoff. Matt McIver repeated the process just seconds later and found an open Johnny Gallaway with 14:13 on the clock to make it a 2-0 game less than a minute into action.
Following a PSU score by TJ Sanders at the 11:35 mark to close the Villanova lead to one at 2-1, the Wildcats went on a four goal run to bridge the first and second quarters and broke open the game for a 6-1 lead with 11:36 remaining in the half. Freshman Danny Seibel tallied two of his three scores during that period alongside junior Jack Curran and classmate Christian Cuccinello as the Villanova defense held Penn State scoreless for 15 minutes.
Penn State closed the half with two unassisted scores from Nick Aponte and Mike Sutton (St. Augustine Prep) to make it a 6-3 contest in favor of the hosts at intermission.
Villanova went on to outscore Penn State by a 5-4 margin for the remainder of the contest following a quiet third stanza. Third quarter goals were registered by VU’s Seibel and PSU’s Aponte as the scoreboard showed 7-5 in favor of the Wildcats.
Villanova notched three unanswered goals from Curran, Eric Gartner (Great Valley) and Kurtis Naslonski to open the fourth quarter within two and a half minutes. PSU finished the contest with two scores from Aponte and a man-up goal at the 1:18 mark from TJ Sanders. Villanova’s Gartner (two goals) solidified the final point for Villanova with 3:27 left to play.
Villanova outshot their opponents by a 44-29 margin and limited their turnovers to 13 while Penn State tallied 20 on the afternoon.
Defensively, goalkeepers Greg Stamatov and Dan Willis (Moorestown) combined for nine saves in the win while Remington Pope and Cunningham combined for four ground balls and five caused turnovers. Penn State goalkeeper Connor Darcey registered 13 saves in the defeat.
Villanova will return to action in just a few short days when they make the trek to Philadelphia to take on the Drexel Dragons for their third ranked opponent in as many games. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. at Vidas Field.