The formula for success used by Villanova last season involved a deep and balanced squad capable of competing with any program in the country. A similar makeup defines the 2015 roster and the Wildcats will begin the season ranked No. 7 in the nation and atop the Mid-Atlantic Region rankings released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) this week.
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Two teams who met frequently on the gridiron as Yankee Conference and Atlantic 10 Conference opponents will renew acquaintances on Thursday night when No. 4 Villanova (0-0) meets Connecticut (0-0) in the 2015 season opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., and the game will be televised live on SNY and ESPN3. The game will mark the first meeting between the Wildcats and the Huskies in 16 years, although the teams have met a total of 11 times previously. Fans can also tune in to the action on 610 SPORTS (WTEL-AM) or hear live streaming audio of the radio broadcast online at Villanova.com.
Johnny Jones, a legendary Wildcats' guard and Philadelphia Big Five Hall of Famer, died at the age of 68, the Villanova staff was informed on Thursday.
Villanova Swimming and Diving head coach Rick Simpson announced the addition of Andrew Seaton to his program as an assistant coach Thursday.
In the preseason national and regional cross country rankings announced this week by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), Villanova is ranked No. 24 in the nation and No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic Region. A group of eight returning student-athletes and five newcomers make up the Wildcats roster for the 2015 season.
Sean Sheridan saw what a sense of urgency can do for a team in 2012. Now, as a senior, he is helping point the way as the 2-0 Wildcats get set to host Delaware (1-0-1) Saturday at the Higgins Soccer Complex (1 p.m./Nova Nation All-Access).
Villanova rallied late to earn a win its home opener on a hot day at the Higgins Soccer Complex Tuesday afternoon.
Stephanie Butler, a senior on the softball team, appeared in 34 games for the Wildcats last season while starting 19. She drove in seven runs, had 11 hits total, and scored three runs in 63 at-bats.