LoCascio, Rice, Cunningham and Karalunas Ready for National Team Selections
Head Coach Mike Corrado Welcomes 11 Newcomers for the 2013-14 Academic Year
Rice and LoCascio are Villanova's 11th and 12th Men's Lacrosse Players to Earn All-America Status
Games Slated for Friday, May 24th
Wildcats 2013 Season Comes To End With Loss
The 2013, 2010 and 2009 BIG EAST and CAA Coach of the Year has led the Wildcats to unprecedented success in recent seasons. Over the last nine seasons, Corrado has garnered a .562 overall winning percentage while posting a .528 mark in conference contests. His career record currently stands at 71-66 following the conclusion of the 2015 campaign.
The 2015 season marked the fourth-straight year Villanova has qualified for the BIG EAST tournament; the most of any current member of the league. He has led his teams to five conference tournaments over the past six seasons as a member of both the BIG EAST and CAA conferences and guided Villanova to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2011. Corrado’s squads have consistently played the best competition in the nation and the Wildcats strength of schedule has ranked in the top-5 in the NCAA every year dating back to 2009 according to laxpower.com. Additionally, in 2014 Corrado was chosen to coach in the prestigious USILA North/South All-Star game, where he led the South squad to a convincing 16-10 victory over the North.
Corrado has led several players to individual accolades since being appointed head coach. Over the past nine seasons, eight student-athletes have earned USILA All-America honors, seven have been named conference Player of the Years and a total of 40 have been chosen for all-conference laurels.
Under Corrado’s defensive tutelage, several student-athletes have flourished during their time at Villanova. John LoCascio (2014 USILA First Team, 2013 USILA Third Team All-America, 2013 and 2014 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year), Remington Pope (2015 All-BIG EAST Second Team), Chris Conroy (2013 All-BIG EAST First Team), Chris Piccirilli (2014 All-BIG EAST Second Team) and Chris Creighton (2012 All-BIG EAST First Team) all earned significant athletic laurels during their playing careers. In 2011, long-stick midfielder Brian Karalunas became the most decorated Villanova Lacrosse player of all time as Villanova's first three-time USILA All-American and the first men's lacrosse player to be named a First Team All-America selection. Additionally, the back-to-back 2010 and 2011 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year was twice named a First Team All-BIG EAST honoree.
On the offensive end, Jack Curran (2014 and 2015 All-BIG EAST Second Team), Sean Cerrone (2015 Second Team All-BIG EAST), Jack Rice (2013 USILA Honorable Mention All-American, 2013 All-BIG EAST Second Team, 2012 All-BIG EAST First Team, 2011 All-BIG EAST First Team), Thomas Croonquist (2013 All-BIG EAST First Team, 2012 All-BIG EAST Second Team), John Kluh (2013 All-BIG EAST First Team), Kevin Cunningham (2012 USILA Honorable Mention All-American, 2012 BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year, 2012 First Team All-BIG EAST, 2012 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, 2011 All-BIG EAST First Team, 2010 All-BIG EAST Second Team), Matt Bell (2012 All-BIG EAST First Team), Michael Vigilante (2012 All-BIG EAST Second Team), Paul Webber (2010 USILA Honorable Mention All-American, BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, First Team All-BIG EAST) and Mark Scioscia (2010 All-BIG EAST Second Team) have all earned national recognition under Corrado's expertise.
Remington Pope, Jack Rice, Max Hart, Michael Vigilante, Chris Ficke, Brian Karalunas, Andy German, Matt Fritts and Chris MacDonald were also selected to play in the prestigious USILA Division I North/South Senior All-Star game in recent years under Connor's teaching, with Rice taking home MVP honors in 2013 and Vigilante earning the same distinction in 2012.
In his time at Villanova, Corrado has served in several capacities including mentoring the defense and serving as the recruiting coordinator. His expertise specifically lies with coordinating defensive efforts, and in 2003 and 2004, the Wildcats scoring defense ranked first and seventh in the nation, respectively. In 2005, Villanova improved to fourth in the country, allowing just 7.13 goals per game.
In November of 2005, Corrado was inducted into the Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame, being just the fourth lacrosse player to ever receive this honor. Previous inductees from the men's lacrosse program include Bob Adams (Class of 1980), Bill Hook (1980) and teammate Drew Cunningham (1985).
A former standout defenseman for the Wildcats, Corrado is in his second stint at Villanova having also served as an assistant under former Head Coach Randy Marks from 1992-95. Upon leaving Villanova, Corrado took a position at Conestoga High School before accepting a head coaching position with the Haverford High School varsity men's lacrosse team.
As a student-athlete, Corrado was a four-year starter at Villanova from 1984-1987. He was the team's Rookie of the Year in `84 and named co-captain and Most Valuable Player in his senior season when he collected a team-high 93 ground balls. For his career, Corrado tallied four goals and five assists from the offensive end of the field and was an All-County player for Islip (N.Y.) High School prior to becoming a Wildcat.
Upon graduation in 1987, Corrado served four years in the U.S. Navy where he was based out of Norfolk, Va. He is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and retired as a Commander from the Naval Reserves.
Corrado received his Master's degree in Education from Temple University in 2002. Michael and his wife, Valerie, live in Drexel Hill, Pa. with their son, Matthew.