Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
The Cats were knotted up with the Mountain Hawks through 45 minutes, but could not pull off the upset.
On Saturday afternoon at Villanova Stadium, the unranked Villanova men's lacrosse squad fell by a score of 11-9 to the 11th ranked team in the nation, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Villanova falls to 0-1 on the season, while Lehigh improves to 2-0. Senior attackman Jack Rice led the way for Nova with 3 goals.
Villanova came out of the gates strong, leading 3-1 after ten minutes, but the road team went on a 5 goal run to lead 6-3 before Nova sliced the deficit to 6-4 at the break. The Cats responded in the third quarter, tying the game at 7-7. Lehigh scored with a second left in the 3rd to take a one goal lead into the last quarter. The experienced Mountain Hawks didn't waver in the 4th quarter as they pulled out the 11-9 win.
The schedule does not get any easier as Villanova travels to Drexel on February 26th then hosts Delaware on March 2nd. Drexel lost to Virginia in overtime today.