Program honored current team and those who came before
After removing one historical burden, team will take aim at more post-season success in 2012
Villanova faces St. John's Friday evening at Red Bull Arena
VU s to face Irish at 7:30 p.m.
Kickoff scheduled for 11 a.m.
Wildcats Aug. 31 victory over Drexel
A strong and steady defender ... Serves as a defensive anchor in the center of the 'Cats defense ... Brings size and superb anticipation in front of the net ... Also contributes on offense on set pieces ... Unflappable under pressure.
Started both games he appeared in before suffering a season-ending knee injury in a loss at Drexel ... Accepted a medical redshirt and returns for a fifth season in 2011.
Returned from an injury plagued sophomore season to take charge of the Wildcats' back wall ... Started all 19 games as a central defender and also contributed three goals for six points ... His goal in the BIG EAST Tournament against Providence staked VU to a 1-0 lead before a pair of late Friar goals allowed PC to advance ... Christian also tallied goals in a 4-2 win over DePaul on Oct. 17 and at Rutgers in a 3-0 triumph on Oct. 28 ... Took 14 shots on the season, including eight on goal.
Despite a nagging injury, still managed to contribute strong defensive work in front of the Wildcats' net ... Injuries sidelined him for three games, including the season opener at Temple and a pair of BIG EAST contests in October ... Started all 16 games he appeared in and generated nine shots.
The only Villanova freshman to start all 20 games for the Wildcats ... Played every available minute in the center of the defense ... Was credited with an assist on a set piece on a Sean Mergenthal goal that lifted VU to a 1-0 win over Georgetown on Sept. 30 in Washington, D.C. ... Notched his first career goal in a 1-1 tie with Louisville in the regular season finale at the Soccer Complex.
Stands 6-1 and weighs 180 pounds ... Born March 27, 1989 ... Parents are Ferdinand and Joyce Christian ... Siblings include Freddy (24), Michelle (28), and Adam (16) ... Coached by Doug Nevins at West Orange High School ... Named player of the year in Essex County in 2006 as well as first team all-state and regional All-American.