Wildcats Continue Road Stretch at St. John's Saturday
April 17, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova (5-6, 3-1 BIG EAST) is set for the second out of three consecutive road games when they travel to St. John's (6-6, 2-3) this Saturday for the continuation of their BIG EAST slate. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. in Jamaica, N.Y.
The contest marks the 15th overall meeting between the two schools with the all-time series favoring Villanova at 8-6. Villanova has claimed the last four meetings since the series was rekindled in 2010 and looks to make it a fifth straight this Saturday.
Following Villanova's win over Rutgers last weekend, the Wildcats have secured a berth in the BIG EAST Championship set to take place May 2nd and 4th at Villanova Stadium and can be no lower than the No. 3 seed in the tournament. Denver has also secured a spot in the championship while the final two slots are still up for grabs.
Villanova This Season: Villanova enters Saturday's contest with a 5-6 overall record and 3-1 BIG EAST mark after defeating Rutgers 15-11 last Saturday. The Wildcats notched seven unanswered goals in a span of 7:08 in the second quarter and rode an explosive first half to victory as Villanova claimed a 15-11 win over the Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N.J.
As of the latest USILA Coaches poll released on Monday, April 14th, Villanova has scheduled seven ranked opponents on their calendar this season: No. 3 Denver, No. 5 Maryland, No. 6 Johns Hopkins, No. 10 Penn, No. 14 Princeton, No. 17 Lehigh and No. 18 Drexel.
`Nova Offense: Senior Kevin O'Neil (Cockeysville, Md.) leads the team with 28 points via 20 goals and eight assists while sophomore Jack Curran (Fair Haven, N.J.) follows closely behind with 22 points. 18 Wildcats have posted points through 11 games this season. Senior face-off specialist Thomas Croonquist (North Caldwell, N.J.) has posted a .493 win percentage this season, taking 112-of-227 attempts.
'Nova Defense: Freshman goalkeeper Dan Willis (Moorestown, N.J.) has earned the starting role for Villanova and posts a 9.44 GAA while making 94 saves on the season. His save percentage currently stands at .480. Junior Reed Carlson (Arnold, Md.) has also seen significant action in net and claims a 13.10 goals against average and a .500 save percentage. 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 52 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers while senior John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) posts a team-high 57 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers.
A Look at St. John's: St. John's owns a 6-6 overall record and 2-3 mark in the BIG EAST. They've posted wins over Holy Cross (W, 15-13), Siena (W, 14-9), Georgetown (W, 15-7), Hofstra (W, 11-10 OT), Stony Brook (W, 13-11) and Providence (W, 14-7). Losses on the season have come via Yale (L, 10-6), Drexel (L, 16-11), Syracuse (L, 14-8), Rutgers (L, 16-13), Marquette (L, 11-10 2OT) and Denver (L, 16-9).
Red Storm Offense: St. John's averages 11.58 goals per game on offense and surrenders 11.58 goals per game defensively. Kieran McArdle (32g, 35a) leads the team with 67 points this season while Colin Keegan (32g, 8a) follows behind with 40 points. 11 different players have posted points for the Red Storm this season.
Red Storm Defense: Joseph Danaher has been the primary starter in net and has played just under 700 minutes this season. His goals against average currently stands at 11.42 while his save percentage is .515.
The Last Meeting (4/13/13): Villanova stormed into Jamaica, N.Y. and came away with a vital BIG EAST victory as the Wildcats toppled No. 14 St. John's 13-11 at DaSilva Memorial Field. Eric Gartner led the Wildcats with a career-high five points and three goals while Max Hart and John Kluh both tallied hat tricks on the day.