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Facing Off: The No. 7 Villanova Wildcats will travel down the Blue Route to Delaware Stadium Saturday afternoon to take on the Blue Hens. Faceoff is set for 1:00 P.M. and can be seen on LSN.
Series History: Villanova holds the edge in all-time series wins 10-7 against Delaware. The Blue Hens won the battle last season inside Villanova Stadium by a final of 13-10. Villanova won two years ago at Delaware 23-13, which was the most goals the Wildcats had scored in a single game since 1995.
Villanova’s Offense: The Wildcats have been led offensively this season by a pair of seniors and a duo of rookies. Combined they have 43 points this season, which is 64% of Villanova’s total points. Freshman Keegan Khan completed a hat trick during Tuesday’s season opener while Colin Crowley had a team high four points. Leading the team in points is Christian Cuccinello who has 13 on the season while Danny Seibel is second with 11.
Villanova’s Defense: Nick Testa has been impressive in goal for the Wildcats this season. The junior took over just 6 minutes into the season after Matt Barrett suffered a knee injury and since has earned four wins. Currently his has 8.84 goals against average and .539 save percentage. Taking all of Villanova’s faceoffs against Drexel was freshman Dan Fisher, who went 13-for-24 on the day with seven ground balls. This season Villanova’s starting defensive line is made up two sophomores and a freshman.
Delaware’s Offense: Leading the Blue Hens this season has been Will Hirschmann and Charlie Kitchen, both have double digit points after three games. Hirschmann had seven points in the first game on the season and has had four points in the last two. Kitchen led the Delaware offense against Monmouth in the 15-11 victory during their first road game. He had six points on four goals and two dishes. Delaware has three players with seven points this season, one with six, and another with five.
Delaware Defense: In goal for all 180 minutes of action this season has been Matt DeLuca. He has a 9.67 goal against average and a .561 save percentage going into Saturday’s game. Jake Hervada has taken a majority of the faceoffs for Delaware and is 32-for-49 (.653) with 14 ground balls. Starting on the defensive line over the last two games has been Austin Haynes, Connor Sorg, and Liam Duff combined they have 11 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.