Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/27/16
From Press Release
Outstanding performances by Jake Froccaro and Luke Palmadesso catapulted Villanova (1-1) in a dominate 19-9 victory over No. 15/12 Penn State (3-1) on Saturday afternoon in State College, Pa. Eight different Wildcats posted points in the victory while Villanova controlled nearly every statistical category for the day.
On an exceptionally cold afternoon where wind gusts plagued the facility, Villanova posted their largest margin of victory over an opponent dating back to a 17-7 win on February 18th, 2012 against Lehigh. It also marked the largest win for the Wildcats over Penn State in series history.
Head coach Mike Corrado stated, “It was almost make it take it. We had a lot of offensive opportunity and we got on a little bit of a roll. We’d score, we’d win a faceoff, and we were able to get on two or three runs in that opened the game up. I thought our guys shot well and our shot selection was better than it was against Harvard last week.”
Froccaro netted eight goals and two assists while Palmadesso went 22-for-27 (.815) at the faceoff X to help the Wildcats pick up their third-straight win in as many years against the Nittany Lions. As a team, Villanova shot just over 65% placing 29-of-44 shots on target and won the defensive battle grabbing 34 ground balls to Penn State’s 14.
“We know Luke’s a great faceoff guy and I think the rest of the country is learning about him now,” said Corrado. “He’s been dominate in both games. When he gets on a roll like that he just gives us so many more possessions than the opponent.”
Corrado continued, “Jake, today, gets on those runs and when he feels it he has the capability of big numbers. He shot 9-for 13 and is just a great shooter. When he gets hot it’s hard to stop.”
Grant Ament (Haverford School) and Jimmy Nowoswait (Unionville) each had a goal and an assist for the Lions while Mike Sutton (St. Augustine Prep) scored once.
Bolstered by Palmadesso’s standout afternoon, Villanova maintained offensive possession for nearly the entire contest. The Wildcats turned a 4-1 first quarter lead into an 8-3 halftime advantage behind scores from Christian Cuccinello, Devin McNamara and Froccaro.
The Wildcats broke open the game in the third quarter, notching four unanswered goals in just over two minutes of action to make it a ten-goal game at 15-5 with 7:18 remaining in the stanza. The two sides would go on to trade scores to end the quarter, but the Wildcats maintained the ten point lead at 16-6.
The Nittany Lions began to get on the offensive in the fourth quarter and won four of their six total faceoff’s of the match in the final 15 minutes of the game. Each side notched three goals apiece in the quarter but the Villanova lead was insurmountable for the comeback attempt as the Wildcats claimed the 19-9 win.
In addition to Froccaro and Palmadesso’s exceptional afternoon, McNamara and Cuccinello each tallied four goals and combined for nine points in the win. Junior goalkeeper Dan Willis (Moorestown) made 11 stops in the victory. PSU’s Will Schreiner (Avon Grove) and Trevor Scollins combined for 10 saves in the loss.
John Moderski (Penn Charter) was a key on defense with a groundball for the ‘Cats.
Villanova will return to action in just a few short days when they return home to Villanova Stadium on Tuesday, March 1st. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. when they host Philadelphia-rival Drexel for a crosstown matchup.