March 17, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova (1-4) returns to action this Tuesday night when the Wildcats take on No. 13 Princeton (3-2) at 7 p.m. in Villanova Stadium. The contest marks the 6th meeting between the two schools with the all-time series favoring Princeton 4-1.
Villanova This Season: The Wildcats enter Tuesday's contest with a 1-4 record after falling to No. 1 Maryland 12-10 on Friday night. The Wildcats were down 7-0 to begin the contest but outscored the Terps by an 8-3 margin in the second half, including four unanswered scores to end the game.
As of the latest USILA Coaches poll released on Monday, March 17th, Villanova has scheduled eight ranked opponents on their calendar this season: No. 1 Maryland, No. 5 Denver, No. 9 Johns Hopkins, No. 12 Penn State, No. 13 Princeton, No. 14 Penn, No. 17 Lehigh and No. 20 Drexel.
`Nova Offense: Senior Kevin O'Neil (Cockeysville, Md.) leads the team with 14 points via 10 goals and four assists while Johnny Gallaway (Middletown, Md.), Jack Curran (Fair Haven, N.J.) and Austin Frederick (Baltimore, Md.) follow closely behind with nine points each. 15 Wildcats have posted points through four games this season. Senior face-off specialist Thomas Croonquist (North Caldwell, N.J.) has posted a .527 win percentage this season, taking 58-of-110 attempts.
'Nova Defense: Freshman goalkeeper Dan Willis (Moorestown, N.J.) has earned the starting role for Villanova and posts an 9.49 GAA while making 50 saves to start the season. His save percentage currently stands at .500. The starting trio at close defense, junior Christian Kolderup (Darien, Conn.) and seniors Chris Conroy (Chatham, N.J.) and Chris Piccirilli (Davidsonville, Md.) have combined for 33 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers while senior John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) posts a team-high 30 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.
A Look at Princeton: Princeton claims a 3-2 overall record following their weekend matchup against Ivy-league foe Penn. They've posted wins over Hofstra (12-10), Manhattan (14-8) and Penn (15-12) and have been defeated by Johns Hopkins (15-9) and North Carolina (13-11).
Tiger Offense: Princeton averages12.20 goals per game on offense and surrenders 11.60 goals per game defensively. Tom Schreiber (14g, 10a) leads the team with 24 points this season while Mike MacDonald (9g, 13a) follows closely behind with 22 points. 13 different players have posted points for the Tigers this season.
Tiger Defense: Matt O'Connor has been the primary goaltender in net for Princeton and has played over 200 minutes in goal while making 33 saves. His goals against average currently stands at 11.28 while his save percentage .458. Brian Kavanagh and Eric Sanschagrin have also played over 90 minutes combined.
The Last Meeting (3/5/13): Despite dominating the face-off battle for three quarters, the Villanova Wildcats couldn't pull out the victory as they fell to No. 5 Princeton 14-11 on Tuesday evening at the Class of 1952 Stadium. Princeton dominated the second half and outscored the Wildcats by an 8-3 margin in the final 30 minutes and tallied six straight goals to bridge the third and fourth quarters for the win. Thomas Croonquist provided another impressive performance for the evening winning 17-of-29 attempts at midfield (.586) and tallied a career-high 10 ground balls.