March 3, 2012
NEWARK, Del. - In a battle of former CAA rivals, No. 8 Villanova (3-1) was outscored by Delaware (3-3) by a 9-1 margin in the second and third quarters en route to a 13-9 loss at Delaware Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats built a 6-1 lead in the first fifteen minutes but was bested by a 13-3 Blue Hen run to end the game.
The defeat marks the first loss to Delaware since the 2008 season when the Blue Hens defeated Villanova 8-4 on March 22nd at Delaware Stadium.
Delaware held Villanova scoreless for 26:56 beginning at the 10:03 mark of the second quarter and lasting until the 13:07 mark in the final stanza. During that drought, the Blue Hens posted eight unanswered goals including the game-tying and go-ahead scores just two minutes into the second half.
Delaware's Dan Cooney won 18-24 face-offs on the day including eight straight wins in the first quarter. Despite troubles from the X, the Wildcats got off to a quick start with goals from seniors Matt Bell (Severna Park, Md.) and Kevin Cunningham (Garden City, N.Y.) and juniors Jack Rice (Baltimore, Md.), Max Hart (Bethesda, Md.) and Nick Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.).
The Wildcats would manage only three scores in the second half from Doherty and Castertano off of senior C.J. Small (San Diego, Calif.) feeds. Delaware's Grant Kaleikau, Carter Bloor, Andrew Tanneberger, Danny Keane, Mark Yetter and Nick Diachenko would all find the back of the net for the Blue Hens to solidify the victory.
Delaware bested Villanova in ground balls 52-30 and in face-offs, winning 19-of-26. The Wildcats were 0-of-3 in extra man opportunities while the Blue Hens were 1-of-4.
Defensively, sophomore John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) led the team with eight ground balls and two caused turnovers while senior goalkeeper Dan Gutierrez (Chevy Chase, Md.) posted 11 saves for the day. Delaware's Chris Herbert and Brett Anton each had six stops on the afternoon.
Villanova will be back in action a week from today when they make the short trek to Philadelphia, Pa. to face No. 19 Penn on Saturday, March 10th at Franklin Field. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.