LoCascio Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, Rice to Honor Roll
April 8, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R. I. - Junior defenseman John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) has been named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for his performances against Georgetown and Rutgers, as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. Additionally, senior attack Jack Rice (Baltimore, Md.) has been named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the 8th week of men's lacrosse action.
LoCascio matched a career-high with nine ground balls against Georgetown and added an assist and four caused turnovers in the 8-6 victory on Wednesday, April 3rd. He followed that performance with eight ground balls and five caused turnovers in an 11-9 win over Rutgers on Saturday night. For the week, LoCascio tallied one assist, 17 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. On the year, the junior co-captain leads the team and the NCAA with 38 caused turnovers (4.22 per contest) and is second on the squad with 55 ground balls.
Rice tallied a game-high five goals in the 11-9 win over Rutgers and contributed one goal in the 8-6 victory over Georgetown. His five goals versus the Scarlet Knights is a season high for the senior and with his six goals on the week he remains in fourth place all-time on Villanova All Time Leading Goal Scorer list with 111 career goals. For the season, Rice leads the team with 20 goals and is tied for first place alongside freshman John Kluh (Lothian, Md.) with 20 points.
Also released on Monday was the first RPI list of the season from the NCAA. The Wildcats are 21st with their 4-6 overall record while Notre Dame (1) claimed the top spot. Syracuse (11), St. John's (16), Georgetown (39), Providence (42) and Rutgers (53) rounded out the BIG EAST placements.
Villanova will be back in action on Saturday, April 13th when they travel to Jamaica, N.Y. to face St. John's. Game time is slated for 3 p.m.