March 18, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Wildcats got on the board first but weren't able to overcome Princeton's 9-2 run in the first half as Villanova fell to the 13th ranked Tigers 14-6 on Tuesday night in Villanova Stadium.
With the loss, Villanova falls to 1-5 overall on the season while Princeton improves to 4-2. After facing five opponents ranked in the top-15 of the national polls to begin the season, Villanova will start their BIG EAST slate this Saturday against the Marquette Golden Eagles as they look towards conference action.
Junior Eric Gartner (Malvern, Pa.) tallied the first score of the contest just 42 seconds into the game but Princeton responded with five unanswered goals in the following 17:32 of play to bridge the first and second quarters. Gartner would break up the Tiger offense with another score at the 8:27 mark in the second stanza to close the PU lead at 6-2, but the visitors notched another four goals to end the half and took a 9-2 advantage over the hosts heading into intermission.
Coming out of the locker rooms, sophomore Tim Mulrenan (Glen Ridge, N.J.) found an open Devin McNamara (Lutherville, Md.) to make it a 9-3 game at the 10:27 mark, but another four scores by the visitors increased the Princeton lead to 13-3 to start the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats finished the final 11:07 of the game on a 3-1 run with goals from John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.), Kevin O'Neil (Cockeysville, Md.) and Christian Bennardo (Cutchogue, N.Y.) to close the contest at 14-6.
The Tigers were led by the three goal, three assist performance of Jake Froccaro while Tom Schreiber and Mike MacDonald combined for nine points. Villanova's Gartner and LoCascio each tallied two points for the Wildcats.
Defensively, freshman Dan Willis (Moorestown, N.J.) notched one save in the loss while junior Reed Carlson (Arnold, Md.) tallied five saves in 32 minutes of action. Princeton's Matt O'Connor and Eric Sanschagrin combined for 12 saves.
Villanova will be back in action this Saturday, March 22nd when they travel to Milwaukee, Wis. to face Marquette for their first BIG EAST contest of the season. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. ET.