Feb. 24, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova (0-1) will host their Philadelphia-rivals No. 16 Drexel (1-1) for their 2014 home opener on Tuesday, February 25th at Villanova Stadium. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.
Tuesday marks the 34th meeting between the two schools with the all-time series favoring the Wildcats 18-15. Drexel claimed the most recent outing on February 26th, 2013 in a 12-10 victory at Vidas Field which marked the first win for the Dragons over the Wildcats in three years. The Villanova-Drexel series is the longest running series history in the Wildcat record books - the Wildcats and Dragons have faced each other every season since Villanova began sponsoring lacrosse as a varsity sport in 1981.
Villanova This Season: The Wildcats enter Tuesday's contest with a 0-1 record after falling to No. 14 Lehigh 7-6 in triple overtime on Sunday, February 16th. Looking ahead and following the Delaware matchup on March 1st, the Wildcats enter a three game stretch against opponents that are currently ranked in the top-20.
As of the latest USILA Coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls released on Monday, February 24th, Villanova has scheduled seven ranked opponents on their calendar this season: No. 2 Maryland, No. 5 Denver, No. 9 Princeton, No. 10 Pen State, No. 14 Lehigh, No. 16 Drexel and No. 20 Penn.
`Nova Offense: The Villanova senior class has produced 40% of offensive production through one game, while freshman Austin Frederick (Baltimore, Md.) and sophomore Johnny Gallaway (Middletown, Md.) lead the team with two points each. Senior face-off specialist Thomas Croonquist (North Caldwell, N.J.) has posted a .471 win percentage this season, taking 8-of-17 attempts.
'Nova Defense: Freshman goalkeeper Dan Willis (Moorestown, N.J.) earned the starting role for Villanova through one game and posted a 5.84 GAA while making 12 saves in his first career start. His save percentage currently stands at .632.
The starting trio at close defense, junior Christian Kolderup (Darien, Conn.) and seniors Christopher Conroy (Chatham, N.J.) and Chris Piccirilli (Davidsonville, Md.) have combined for four ground balls and three caused turnovers while senior John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) tied a career-high with nine ground balls and added five caused turnovers in the contest against Lehigh.
A Look at Drexel: Drexel brings a 1-1 record into Tuesday's showdown with the Wildcats. The Dragons are coming off a 14-13 victory over No. 11 Albany on Saturday and lost a close battle with then-No. 7 Virginia 11-10 to start the season.
Dragon Offense: Drexel averages 12.00 goals per game on offense and surrenders 12.00 goals per game defensively. Cole Shafer (5g, 6a) leads the team with 11 points while Nick Trizano (7g) follows closely behind with seven points through two games. 11 different players have posted points for Drexel through two games this season.
Dragon Defense: Sophomore goalkeeper Will Gabrielsen has earned the starting position for the Dragons and has played 90 minutes in net while making 21 saves and posting a 12.67 GAA. His save percentage currently stands at .525 after facing 66 shots. The Dragon defense has combined for 11 ground balls and five caused turnovers through two games.
The Last Meeting (2/26/13): A 9-4 run in the second half and four unanswered goals in the last six minutes propelled No. 14 Drexel to a 12-10 victory over Villanova on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, Pa. Near rainout conditions led to a sloppy play on both sides as the Wildcats fell to 0-2 on the season while the Dragons improved to 2-1. The loss marked the first defeat to the Dragons since April 11th, 2009.