Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/15/15
From Press Releases
The 16th-ranked Drexel men’s lacrosse team opened the 2015 season with a 14-10 loss at No. 9 Virginia on Saturday evening in Charlottesville. The game was played in difficult weather conditions as temperatures dipped into the low 30’s and the game was delayed after halftime as a snow squall hit right before intermission and covered the field.
Drexel opened up a quick two-goal lead and made it a 3-0 game 10 minutes into the contest. Virginia answered by scoring six of the next seven goals to take a 6-4 lead and later seized an 11-6 advantage.
Ryan Belka and Jules Raucci (Garnet Valley) each had two goals to lead the Dragons. Miles Thomas (Conestoga) had a groundball on defense while defensive middie Jordan Klunder (Conestoga) added two groundballs.
Matt Barrett (Malvern Prep) made 12 saves in the cage and middie Will McNamara (Haverford School) had a groundball for UVA.
Drexel’s Nick Saputo was his usual reliable self on face-offs. The senior won 16 of his 27 draws and had a game-high 11 ground balls. The Dragons outshot Virginia, 42-39, but committed 19 miscues in the game, 10 that were forced by the Cavaliers.
Johns Hopkins 13, Villanova 10
A second half rally made the difference as 5th-ranked Johns Hopkins (2-1) registered a victory over Villanova (0-1) on Saturday afternoon at Villanova Stadium.
An afternoon snowstorm quickly covered the turf as the Wildcats season opener was played during a snowy day for their February opener. Despite the wintry conditions, Villanova pushed the top-ranked Blue Jays to the final minutes of the contest in the back-and-forth match.
Villanova was led by a trio of performances from freshmen Danny Seibel, Sean Cerrone and Christian Cuccinello who combined for 11 points via seven goals and four assists on the day.
Drew Kennedy (Malvern Prep) won 9 of 10 face-offs for the Blue Jays and Joey Carlini (Malvern Prep) had an assist and a groundball.
Loyola 8, Penn State 6
Connro Darcey had 14 saves for Penn State, the No. 1 team in the Phillylacrosse.com College Rankings. T.J. Sanders, Matt Florence and Pat Manley each had a goal and an assist for Penn State (1-1); Mike Sutton (St. Augustine Prep) scored once.
Nikko Pontrello (St. Augustine Prep) had four groundballs and 10 shots for the No. 7 Greyhounds (1-1).