Oct. 18, 1997
Villanova Falls to No. 3 Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Trying to extend their unbeaten streak to three games against No. 3 Maryland, Villanova lost to the Terps 4-0 on Saturday, Oct. 18, in a game played at the University of Maryland. With the loss, the Wildcats' overall record drops to 5-5-4.
Maryland opened the scoring just over 16 minutes into the game on a goal by Jason Sardis, assisted by R.T. Moore. Less than four minutes later Sardis assisted on a goal by Pierre Venditti to increase the Terp lead to 2-0. Despite eight first half saves by Villanova senior goalie Matthew Westfall, the Wildcats trailed by two going into intermission.
In the second half, Maryland extended their lead to 3-0 at the 78:43 mark on a goal by Moore, assisted by Cropley off a direct kick. With just under three minutes to go in the contest, the Terps' Mike McIlwain scored, assisted by Sardis and Rob Birch, to give Maryland (10-2-1) a 4-0 victory.
For the Wildcats, Westfall saved 14 shots in the loss. Outstanding defensive performances were also had by senior Paul Miraglia and freshman Jim Curtin.
Villanova returns home to resume their Big East Conference schedule on Friday, Oct. 24, against the Providence Friars at 3 p.m.