April 2, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats (2-6, 1-0) return to their BIG EAST schedule this Wednesday when they travel to Washington, D.C. to take on Georgetown (4-5, 1-0) at 5 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field. The matchup marks the first midweek contest for Villanova since March 5th and their first against a non-ranked opponent since Delaware on March 2nd.
Wednesday marks the 18th overall meeting between the Wildcats and Hoyas while Villanova holds the 10-7 advantage in the all-time series. The Wildcats defeated Georgetown 15-7 in the most recent outing on April 4th, 2012 in Villanova, Pa. while Georgetown claimed the previous two outings in 2011 and 2010.
Villanova This Season: The Wildcats enter Saturday's contest with a 2-6 record after falling to Penn State 7-6 on March 30th. All of Villanova's losses have come from teams ranked in the top-20 of the national polls: Maryland (L, 10-7), Princeton (L, 14-11), Lehigh (L, 11-9), Drexel (L, 12-10), Penn (L, 13-9) and Penn State (L, 7-6). Villanova has posted wins over Delaware (W, 14-9) and then-No.4 Syracuse (W, 11-10).
As of the latest USILA Coaches Poll released on Monday, April 1st, Villanova has nine ranked opponents on their 2013 schedule: No. 1 Maryland, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 8 Princeton, No. 8 Syracuse, No. 12 Drexel, No. 13 Penn State, No. 14 St. John's, No. 17 Penn and No. 19 Lehigh.
`Nova Offense: The Villanova senior and freshmen classes have combined to produce71.9% of offensive production through eight games. Senior Max Hart (11g, 3a) leads the Villanova attack with 16 points while Kevin O'Neil (8g, 7a), Nick Doherty (8g, 6a), Jack Rice (14g) and John Kluh (9g, 5a) follow closely behind in the Villanova point race.
Junior face-off specialist Thomas Croonquist has posted a .576 win percentage this season, taking 106-of-184 attempts. He currently ranks third all-time in Villanova history with a .593 career face-off win percentage.
'Nova Defense: Senior Billy Hurley, sophomore Reed Carlson and freshman Greg Stamatov have all earned significant playing time in goal this season. Carlson has started the previous three contests posts a .471 save percentage and a 9.00 GAA. Combined, the three keepers have totaled an 11.10 GAA and a .469 save percentage.
The starting trio at close defense, juniors John LoCascio, Chris Conroy and Chris Piccirilli have combined for 65 ground balls and 47 caused turnovers. LoCascio currently leads the NCAA averaging 4.14 caused turnovers per game and has posted 38 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers this season.
A Look at Georgetown: Georgetown brings a 4-5 overall record and a 1-0 conference mark into Wednesday's showdown with the Wildcats. The Hoyas are coming off of a 17-12 victory over Marquette last Friday while wins have also come from Navy (W 9-8 OT), Dartmouth (W, 10-9), and Providence (W, 16-8). Their losses on the year have been to Lafayette (L, 11-10 OT), Harvard (L, 8-6), Mt. St. Mary's (L, 14-6), Loyola (L, 13-8) and Duke (L, 19-7).
Hoya Offense: Georgetown averages 9.89 goals per game on offense and surrenders 11.28 goals per game defensively. Reilly O'Connor (15g, 16a) leads the team with 31 points on the year while Jeff Fountain (16g, 8a), Charles McCormick (12g, 4a) and Brian Casey (11g, 5a) follow closely behind in the Georgetown point race through nine games.
Hoya Defense: Redshirt sophomore Jake Haley has been the primary netminder this season playing over 400 minutes in net and posting an 11.94 GAA. His 69 saves are good for a .454 save percentage. His close defensemen, Brennan Bicknese, Chris Nouse and Bryson Greene have combined for 41 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers.
The Last Meeting (4/4/12): Led by the career-high games of C.J. Small and Thomas Croonquist No. 13 Villanova claimed a decisive 15-7 win over No. 20 Georgetown in Villanova Stadium on Wednesday evening. With the triumph, Head Coach Mike Corrado claimed his 50th career victory as the Wildcats cruised to their second straight conference win of the season to remain undefeated in BIG EAST play. The victory also marks the first win over Georgetown in nearly 20 years. The last Wildcat triumph over the Hoyas occurred on April 12th, 1992 in a 8-5 win in Washington, D.C