April 22, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova (5-7, 3-2 BIG EAST) travels to Baltimore, Md. for a midweek matchup against No. 5 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, April 23rd. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
The contest marks the last non-conference game of the season for the Wildcats as they conclude their regular season this weekend. It's just the 7th overall meeting between the two schools with the all-time series favoring Hopkins at 6-0. The two sides last met over 10 years ago on April 2nd, 2002.
Following Villanova's win over Rutgers on April 12th, the Wildcats have secured a berth in the BIG EAST Championship set to take place May 2nd and 4th at Villanova Stadium. Denver and Marquette have also secured spots in the championship while the final spot and seedings are still up for grabs.
Villanova This Season: Villanova enters Wednesday's contest with a 5-7 overall record and 3-2 BIG EAST mark after falling to St. John's 11-10 in overtime last Saturday. The Wildcats came from behind and notched five straight goals to take a 9-8 lead going in to the fourth quarter, but St. John's battled back and tallied the game-winner in overtime as the Red Storm topped Villanova 11-10 in overtime at DaSilva Field in Jamaica, N.Y.
As of the latest USILA Coaches poll released on Monday, April 21st, Villanova has scheduled seven ranked opponents on their calendar this season: No. 3 Denver, No. 5 Maryland, No. 7 Johns Hopkins, No. 10 Pen, No. 16 Drexel, No. 18 Lehigh and No. 19 Princeton.
`Nova Offense: Senior Kevin O'Neil (Cockeysville, Md.) leads the tea with 33 points via 24 goals and nine assists while sophomore Jack Curran (Fair Haven, N.J.) follows closely behind with 27 points. 20 Wildcats have posted points through 12 games this season. Senior face-off specialist Thomas Croonquist (North Caldwell, N.J.) has posted a .496 win percentage this season, taking 125-of-252 attempts.
'Nova Defense: Freshman goalkeeper Dan Willis (Moorestown, N.J.) posts a 9.54 GAA while making 113 saves on the season. His save percentage currently stands at .500. Junior Reed Carlson (Arnold, Md.) has also seen action in net and claims a 13.10 goals against average and a .500 save percentage. The starting trio at close defense, freshman Danny Sweeney (Glenelg, Md.) and seniors Chris Conroy (Chatham, N.J.) and Chris Piccirilli (Davidsonville, Md.) have combined for 46 ground balls and 39 caused turnovers while senior John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) has tallied 60 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers.
A Look at Hopkins: Johns Hopkins owns a 9-3 overall record and have posted wins over Ohio State (W, 10-9, OT), Towson (W, 15-8), Michigan (W, 14-5), Princeton (W, 15-9), UMBC (W, 15-8), Albany (W, 13-8), Maryland (W, 11-6), Mt. St. Mary's (W, 17-2) and Navy (W, 6-5). Losses on the season have come via Syracuse (L, 12-10), Virginia (L, 11-10 OT) and North Carolina (L, 13-8).
Blue Jays Offense: Johns Hopkins averages 12.08 goals per game on offense and surrenders 7.87 goals per game defensively. Wells Stanwick (14g, 37a) leads the team with 51 points this season while Ryan Brown (33g, 12a) follows behind with 45 points. 24 different players have posted points for the Blue Jays this season.
Blue Jays Defense: Eric Schneider has been the primary starter in net and has played just over 700 minutes this season. His goals against average currently stands at 7.85 while his save percentage is .569.
The Last Meeting (4/2/02): In front of a crowd of 3571 at Villanova Stadium, the Villanova men's lacrosse team dropped a hard fought battle to No. 4 ranked Johns Hopkins, 10-7. Brian Marks led the Wildcats with two goals and one assist in the valiant effort by the Wildcats. With the win Johns Hopkins becomes the first collegiate men's lacrosse program to amass 800 victories.