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Villanova Men's Lacrosse Season in Review

 

 

May 14, 1998

With only four seniors on the 1998 Villanova Lacrosse squad the Wildcats looked to gain some much needed experience, while trying to steal some wins. With five nationally ranked opponents on the schedule the 'Cats had their work cut out for them.

The Wildcats were led offensively by senior Jeff Huber. Huber was coming off a 1997 campaign that some people would only dream of, scoring 32 goals and 18 assists for 50 points. In 1998, Huber became the center point for the Wildcats offense. He tallied 13 goals and 26 assists for 39 points. Huber set the school record for assists in a game with nine against the University of Denver on April 9. Huber scored at least one point in 11 of the 'Cats 14 games this season.

Along side Huber at attack was a freshman from Wilton, Conn., Andy Bogle. Bogle, who was looked upon to produce right from the start, and did not let his teammates down as he scored in eight out of 14 contests for the Wildcats. Bogle had his best effort in a close game against Lehigh, where the talented freshman tallied two goals and two assists as 'Cats defeated Engineers 11-10.

The Wildcats' midfield was also a mix of young players. The 'Cats started two sophomores and a junior, Eric Dauer, Justin Loonie and Andy D'Amico. Dauer led the midfield with 20 goals and 4 assists for 24 points. D'Amico chipped in with 15 goals and three assists for 18 points, while Justin Loonie tallied seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points. The Wildcat midfield combined for 42 goals and 22 assists for 64 points.

With only one starter returning on defense from the 1997 squad, the Wildcats counted on a great deal of youth. Junior Evan Clancy started all 14 games for the 'Cats showing a strong defensive presence. The Wildcats looked to freshman Brian O'Hagan to step in and anchor an inexperienced defense. O'Hagan also started all 14 games for the 'Cats garnering rookie-of-the-year honors.

Coach Marks had three outstanding goalies competing for the starting spot this season. Junior Brendan Keneally used his experience to help him win the starting spot early on in the season. Keneally finished the season with a 11.80 goals against average. Midway through the 1998 season, Keneally was pushed by two outstanding freshman, Mike Mullette and Matt Wilk. By the end of the season Mullette and Wilk each started three games for the 'Cats. Mullette finished the season with a 3-0 record, while compiling 11.39 goals against average, while Wilk finished with a 1-2 record and tallied a 14.50 goals against average.

At the faceoff position, senior Brian Rhodes once again showed that he was one of the best in the nation as he dominated the Wildcats' opponents in 1998. Rhodes tallied 155 winning faceoffs for an impressive 64%. For his career on the Main line Rhodes has notched 638 faceoffs, winning 415 for 65%.

Coming into the 1998 season, it seemed that the Wildcats' lone weakness may have been that of inexperience, a weakness that can only change and improve with time. With the 'Cats losing only four seniors to graduation, the best is yet to come for the 1999 Villanova Wildcats men's lacrosse team.

A Look at the Wildcats When...

At Home 3-4
On the Road 3-4
Against Ranked Opponents 0-5
Against Top Ten Opponents 0-3
Outshot by or Even with Opponents 0-5
Outshooting Opponents 6-3
Winning More Face-offs 6-4
Winning Less Face-offs 0-4
Controlling More Groundballs 6-4
Controlling Less Groundballs 0-4
Allowing 10 Goals or Less 4-0
Allowing 10-15 Goals 2-4
Allowing 15+ Goals 0-4
Scoring 10 or Less Goals 0-7
Scoring 10 or More Goals 6-1
Leading after First Quarter 4-1
Behind after First Quarter 2-6
Leading at the Half 4-1
Behind at the Half 1-7
Leading After Three Quarters 5-0
Behind After Three Quarters 1-7
Indoors 0-0
Outdoors 6-8
In Midweek Games 3-2
In Weekend Games 3-6
During the Day 4-6
At Night 2-2
On Artificial Turf 3-5
On Grass 3-1
In the Month of February 0-1
In the Month of March 2-4
In the Month of April 4-3

Wildcat Statistical Leaders

No.  Name                  G   A   PTS
33 Jeffrey Huber           13  26  39
17 Eric Dauer              20   4  24
5 Justin Loonie             7  15  22
15 David A. D'Amico        15   3  18
39 Andrew Bogle            12   4  16
29 John McTigue             9   7  16

No. Name GB 14 Brian Rhodes 83 28 Christopher Larson 76 17 Eric Dauer 68 24 Brian P. O'Hagan 49 33 Jeffrey Huber 46 21 Tim Waters 36

Top 20...

STX/United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association FINAL Men's Polls (May 4, 1998)

1. Princeton (6) (11-1), 196
2. Loyola (3) (12-1), 192
3. Johns Hopkins (10-3), 175
4. Syracuse (1) (10-2), 170
5. Maryland (11-2), 165
6. Virginia (7-4), 151
7. Duke (10-3), 141
8. Georgetown (9-4), 121
9. UMBC (9-4), 105
10T. Butler (11-3), 102
10T. North Carolina (7-7), 102
12. Hobart (8-4), 92
13. Harvard (11-3), 82
14. Hofstra (10-4), 65
15. Penn State (6-6), 61
16. Delaware (9-6), 43
17. Navy (7-6), 41
18. Massachusetts (7-5), 31
19.Rutgers (8-7), 27
20.Notre Dame (5-7), 15
Others Receiving Votes
Brown (7), Drexel (7), Cornell (5), Towson(3), Army (1). Voters: Army, Butler, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Lehigh, Maryland, Rutgers, Towson, Vermont. 

Team Awards...

MVP: Jeff Huber
Jim Jones: Tim Waters
Most Improved: Chris Larson
Groundballs: Brian Rhodes
Rookie-of-the-Year: Brian O'Hagan
1999 Team Captains: Pat Buckley, Evan Clancy, 
Andy D'Amico

1998 Wildcat Team Highs...

Goals:   19 vs. Denver
Assists: 15 vs. Denver
Points:  34 vs. Denver
Shots:   47 vs. St. Joseph's
Groundballs:63 vs. LaFayette
F/O Won: 22 vs. St. Joseph's
Saves:   32 vs. No. 6 Maryland

1998 Wildcat Individual Highs...

Goals:     4 Ford vs.  Denver
Assists:   9 Huber vs. Denver
Points:    9 Huber vs. Denver
Shots:     9 Dauer vs. Penn
Groundballs: 10 Rhodes vs. St. Joseph's
F/O Won:  20 Rhodes vs. two teams
Saves:    23 Keneally vs. No. 6 Maryland

Faceoffs

No. Name           W  Total  Pct.
14 Brian Rhodes   155  242   .640
28 Chris Larson    37   64   .578
10 Blaine Mitten    7   19   .368
5 Peter Flynn       3   10   .300

Villanova 199 336 .592 Opponents 137 336 .407


 

 

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