Wildcats Once Again Join HEADstrong Foundation for Annual Offseason Scrimmage
LoCascio, Rice, Cunningham and Karalunas Ready for National Team Selections
Foursome Will Compete for Spots on Team USA for 2014 FIL World Championship
Defenseman Adds Another Postseason Honor To Cap Outstanding Junior Campaign
Rice and LoCascio are Villanova's 11th and 12th Men's Lacrosse Players to Earn All-America Status
Awards: Two-time Captain... Named to the 98 player US Lacrosse Tryout Pool for the 2014 FIL World Championships and just one of eight current NCAA players to earn an invitation... 2013 USILA Third Team All-American... 2013 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year... 2013 First Team All-BIG EAST (unanimous selection)... 2013 BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team... 2013 Philadelphia Inquirer Men's Lacrosse Academic All-Area Performer of the Year... BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (Apr. 8, 2013)... BIG EAST Honor Roll (Mar. 18, Apr. 22, 2013)... 2013 Villanova Most Valuable Player... 2013 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team selection... 2012 Philadelphia Inquirer Men's Lacrosse Academic All-Area Team... 2012 BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team... 2012 Second Team All-BIG EAST... BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (Apr. 9, 2012).
Career: Appeared in 45 games of his career while making 15 starts as part of the Villanova defense... Has missed only one game due to injury through his junior season... Collected 164 ground balls and caused 87 turnovers in three seasons... Registered three goals and eight assists for 11 points... Currently ranks 2nd all-time with 87 caused turnovers, 2nd all-time averaging 1.93 caused turnovers per game, 12th all-time averaging 3.64 ground balls per game and tied for 15th all-time with 164 ground balls.
2014: Named a 2014 Team Captain.
2013: 2013 Team Captain... Appeared and started in 14 games on defense... Missed one game due to injury... Collected 85 ground balls and 53 caused turnovers... Registered two goals and six assists for eight points... Went 1-for-2 (.500) from the faceoff X... Ranked 1st in the NCAA in 2013 averaging 3.79 caused turnovers per game... Ranked 20th in the NCAA averaging 6.07 ground balls per game... 3rd in the BIG EAST averaging 6.07 ground balls per game... 4th in the BIG EAST averaging 7.17 ground balls per game in BIG EAST contests... 2nd on the team with 85 ground balls... 1st on the team with 53 caused turnovers... Tallied a career-high three points via a goal and two assists vs. Providence (Apr. 27)... Registered a career-high two assists vs. Providence (Apr. 27)... Collected a career-high nine ground balls vs. Drexel (Feb. 26) and Georgetown (Apr. 3)... Caused a career-high seven turnovers vs. Delaware (Mar. 2)... Ranks 2nd all-time at Villanova with 87 career caused turnovers... Ranks 2nd all-time at Villanova averaging 1.93 caused turnovers per game... Ranks 12th all-time at Villanova averaging 3.64 ground balls per game... 2nd all-time at Villanova in single season records averaging 3.79 caused turnovers per game in 2013... 3rd all-time at Villanova in single season records with 53 caused turnovers in a season... 12th all-time at Villanova in single season records averaging 6.07 ground balls per game. BIG EAST: Appeared and started in all six conference contests... Grabbed 43 ground balls and caused 22 turnovers in BIG EAST action... Registered one goal and three assists... Tallied points vs. Georgetown (Apr. 3) and Providence (Apr. 27)... 4th in the BIG EAST averaging 7.17 ground balls per game in BIG EAST contests... Named to the BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team after collecting 10 ground balls, causing six turnovers and providing two assists vs. Georgetown (May 2 - Semifinals) and Syracuse (May 4 - Final).
2012: Appeared in all 15 games as a long-stick midfielder... Posted 65 ground balls, 28 caused turnovers, one goal and one assist on the year... Went 2-of-6 (.333) from the face-off X... Posted his first career points vs. Bucknell (Feb. 25), Syracuse (Mar. 25) and Providence (Apr. 28)... Collected a career-high eight ground balls vs. Delaware (Mar. 3)... Tallied a career-high four caused turnovers vs. Rutgers (Apr. 7), Providence (Apr. 28) and Syracuse (May 3)... Tied for second in the BIG EAST averaging 4.33 ground balls per game... Ranks second all-time averaging .28 ground balls per game. BIG EAST: Appeared in all six conference matches... Posted an assist vs. Syracuse (Mar. 25) and a goal vs. Providence (Apr. 28)... Collected 28 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers in BIG EAST action... Named to the BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team after collecting five ground balls and four caused turnovers in the BIG EAST semi-final vs. Syracuse (May 3).
2011: Appeared in all 16 games of his freshman season as a long-stick midfielder and backup to Brian Karalunas... Posted 14 ground balls and caused six turnovers... Went 3-12 from the face-off X... Posted a career-high three ground balls vs. Penn State (Mar. 8)... Posted a career-high two caused turnovers vs. Bucknell (Feb. 26). BIG EAST: Appeared in all six conference matches... Captured two ground balls and two caused turnovers in BIG EAST play.
West Essex Regional: Earned four varsity letters under Coach Tim Glenn, guiding West Essex to a 14-5 record in 2010... Named a 2010 first team All-American, All-State Group 1, all-conference, all-division and All-Star Ledger selection... Posted a career and season record for both ground balls and caused turnovers... Earned 2009 first team all-state, all-conference and all-division laurels while helping West Essex claim top honors in the Essex County Tournament... Also earned varsity letters in football, basketball and wrestling, where he was a third team all-state selection at quarterback, running back and fullback... Captured a 2009-2010 District 13 wrestling championship at 215lbs... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born November 25th, 1991 in Paterson, N.J.... Parents are Modesto and Marisa LoCascio... Siblings are Salvatore, Ginamarie and Roberto... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business as a Finance major with a minor in Economics.