Villanova, Pa. -
Series History: Tuesday marks the third all-time meeting between these two schools, with the series tied at 1. The Bears won the first meeting in 2016 by a final of 19-8 while the Wildcats were able to edge out the victory last season 17-15.
A Look at Villanova: The Wildcat’s are 5-0 for the first time in program history and their No. 4 ranking is the best ever. Villanova has only played one other home game this season and that was last Tuesday against Drexel.
Villanova’s Offense: Christian Cuccinello is leading the Wildcats offense this season, he has 20 points this season on 19 goals and one dish. He netted a career high seven goals against Delaware including the game winner. Danny Seibel, Colin Crowley, and Keegan Khan all have also contributed double digit points this season. Seibel has 15 while Crowley has 12 and Khan 11. Connor Kirst leads the team in assists with five along with three goals for eight points.
Villanova’s Defense: Dan Fisher has led the Wildcats from the faceoff dot over the last two games going 30-for-51 (.588) with 13 ground balls. Against Delaware he went 17-for-27 (.630) helping the Wildcats defeat the Blue Hens. In goal this season has been Nick Testa, the junior has a 9.65 goals against average and .500 save percentage. During the final minutes against the Blue Hens, Michael Toomey had two saves to give him his first career win.
A Look at Brown: The Bears enter Tuesday’s game 1-2 on the season and coming off a loss to No. 15 Rutgers by a final of 10-8. Browns lone win came on the road at Stony Brook by a final of 18-11 during the second week of the season.
Brown’s Offense: Carson Song is the Bears new leading offensive force this season along with Michael Panepinto both helping replace the role of Dylan Molloy. Molloy who was a Tewaaraton Award Recipient and named the 2016 USILA Outstanding Player, lead the Brown team for the last four seasons.
Brown’s Defense: Sophomore Phil Goss returns as the primary starter between the pipes for Brown this season. He has a 10.07 goal against average and a .586 save percentage. Taking a majority of the Bear’s faceoffs this season has been Ted Ottens, who is 32-for-60 (.533) on the season with 24 ground balls.