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Men’s lacrosse: Villanova defeats Fairfield, 10-6

Saturday, 5th March 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/5/11
From Press Releases

Anchored by sophomore Jack Rice’s hat trick and points from nine different players, the Villanova men’s lacrosse team (3-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) brought home a significant 10-6 victory over host Fairfield (2-2, 0-0) this afternoon.

Sophomore goalie Billy Hurley tallied 13 saves in the win.

The possession-style game led to only two goals in the first quarter, with Fairfield’s Matt Plominski finding the net at the 8:04 mark from a Max Trunz assist. Just four minutes later with 4:27 remaining the period, junior Kevin Cunningham (Garden City, N.Y.) scored his seventh goal of the season on a man-up opportunity to tie the score at 1-1.

Fairfield was able to notch two quick goals to begin the second stanza with scores from Sam Snow and Jordan Greenfield to give the Stags a 3-1 lead.

After being assessed two slashing penalties, Fairfield gave the Wildcats a two-man advantage at the 8:33 mark, with Rice making the most of the opportunity on a bouncer to goal from a Will Casertano assist.

Just four minutes later with 3:49 on the clock, junior C.J. Small notched his second goal of the season on a straight shot to net, beating Fairfield’s Charlie Cipriano to the low right and tying the game at 3-3.

Fairfield responded by scoring on an EMO, moving the scoreboard to 4-3 in favor of the Stags.

To end the quarter, Cunningham collected his second goal of the day of an Andrew Henrich (La Salle) assist, ending the half with a tied game, 4-4.

Coming out of the locker room, Max Hart gave Villanova the 5-4 lead on an unassisted play, with Fairfield responding with a Kuring goal at 7:42 to tie the game at 5-5.

The last 1:36 of the quarter saw Doherty capitalize on a rocket so the low right corner and Rice responding less than a minute later, finding a pass from Hart while he was cutting to the top of the crease. With the duo of goals, the Wildcats took the 7-5 lead before Fairfield notched a score with 32 seconds remaining.

The final quarter would prove to be the game-winner for the Wildcats, with Rice, Bell and Casertano tallying unanswered scores at 12:00, 9:56 and 4:32 marks to finish the contest, 10-6.

Junior Nolan Vihlen was a dominate force on face-offs for the Wildcats, winning 11-15 attempts from the X while collecting a team-high four ground balls for the day.

The Wildcats return home to Villanova Stadium to face Penn State on Tuesday, March 8th at 7 p.m.



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