May 5, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The 10th-ranked Villanova Wildcats (11-3, 3-2) will play their final game of the 2011 regular season when they travel to Georgetown (6-7, 3-2) this Saturday, May 7th. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Multi-Sport Field.
The Wildcats are coming off an 11-7 win over Providence, securing Villanova's 11th win of the season and their third-straight year with at least 10 victories. The contest also served as the final home game for eight graduating seniors who were honored in a pre-game ceremony.
Saturday's contest will mark the 17th overall meeting between the Hoyas and Wildcats, with VU leading the all-time series, 9-7; however, Villanova has not won a game over Georgetown since April 12th, 1992. The Hoyas claimed the 2010 outing in Villanova Stadium 15-9.
Villanova This Season: The Wildcats enter Saturday's contest with a 11-3 record after defeating Providence, 11-7, on April 30th.
Four of Villanova's 11 wins have come against opponents ranked at the time of their meetings: the Wildcats topped No. 16 Drexel, 14-13, in a Philadelphia showdown, and also bested No. 9 Penn, 9-8 in VU's lone overtime game of the season. Against No. 11 Princeton, Villanova claimed their first-ever win against the Tigers, 10-9, in the Class of 1952 Stadium. VU also claimed a dominating 10-4 win over No. 17 Delaware.
Villanova's Last Outing: Led by the three goal, two assist performance of junior Matt Bell, the 10th-ranked Villanova Wildcats posted an 11-7 victory over Providence College on Saturday afternoon. Michael Vigilante and Will Casertano added three points apiece while Chris Ficke and Brian Karalunas combined for 11 ground balls and nine takeaways in the win.
'Nova Offense: Villanova features 13 players contributing on offense and is highlighted by the offensive scoring from the sophomore and junior classes. Combined, the second and third years tally 218 of 231 total team points. Additionally, versus their opponents, the Wildcats average 10.21 goals per game compared to the 7.79 of their competition and claim a .633 shot on goal percentage over their competitors .558.
'Nova Defense: Netminder Billy Hurley has been the staple between the pipes for the season, totaling over 830 minutes while making 102 saves on the year.
Senior LSM Brian Karalunas continues to hold his spot atop the NCAA rankings in caused turnovers per game, averaging 4.50 takeaways per contest. For the season, Karalunas has 63 takeaways and 66 ground balls on the year, while the starting trio at close defense: juniors Chris Creighton, Ryan McDonagh, and senior Chris Ficke have combined for 92 ground balls and 36 caused turnovers through Villanova's 14 games.
Georgetown's Last Outing: Davey Emala had two goals and a career high six assists and Brett Weiss registered his first career hat trick, as the Georgetown University men's lacrosse team defeated Rutgers 12-9 on Saturday night at Yurcak Field at Rutgers. Travis Comeau had two goals and Rickey Mirabito had two assists, to help the Hoyas keep its perfect record against the Scarlet Knights intact, improving to 14-0 all-time.
Georgetown this Season: Georgetown posts a 6-7 overall record and is 3-2 in the BIG EAST after falling to Syracuse (9-8 OT) and Notre Dame (7-6) in conference action. They've also lost to Harvard (16-15), Duke (14-12) and Loyola (6-5, 4OT).
Hoya Offense: The Hoyas average 10.62 goals per game surrender 10.18 goals per game defensively. Davey Emala leads the team with 45 points through 33 goals and 12 assists, while Rickey Mirabito and Travis Comeau have captured 39 and 31 points on the year, respectively.
Hoya Defense: Jack Davis has been the mainstay in net for the Hoyas during the 2011 season, posting a 6-7 record while making 134 saves on the year. Davis also claims a .504 save percentage and a 10.37 goals against average.
Last Time vs. Georgetown (5/1/10): No. 11 Villanova fell in the regular season finale to No. 14 Georgetown, 15-9, on Saturday evening. GU scored 10 goals in the second half as the Wildcats were defeated by the Hoyas in front of 1,857 fans on a windy night at Villanova Stadium. Sophomore Kevin Cunningham led VU with a goal and three assists for the evening while Georgetown's Rickey Mirabito led all scorers with eight points for the day.