Villanova lacrosse: Wildcats fall on the road to #5 Johns Hopkins 13-7

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Wildcats fall in penultimate match of the season.

The Villanova Wildcats could only find the back of the net twice in half number two, thus making little space between themselves and the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays. The `Cats fell on the road by a score of 13-7. The Wildcats' record stands at 5-8 while the number 7-ranked JHU improves to 10-3.

The Wildcats shot out to a quick lead when Johnny Galloway scored twice in the first 3 minutes. Senior Kevin O'Neil would score his loan goal of the game to extend the first quarter lead to 3-1. JHU would go on to tie the game before the beginning of the 2nd quarter.

The Blue Jays outscored the Wildcats 4-2 in the 2nd, with `Nova's Devin McNamara beating JHU goalie Eric Schneider to enter the 2nd half down 7-5. The `Cats were outshot 16-4 in the 2nd quarter and 23-15 in the 1st half overall. The Blue Jays also won the groundball battle 17-11. Faceoffs were equal.

In the 3rd quarter, Villanova scored 2 goals, scoring the first of the 3rd to pull within one goal. However, the Blue Jays went on a 5-goal run from the 3rd and 4th quarters to put away the `Cats once and for all. Villanova falls to 2-6 vs. ranked opponents this season.

Both Wells Stanwick and Holden Cattoni of the Blue Jays registered hat tricks. Goalie Eric Schneider had 11 saves on the night, making 4 huge ones in the final quarter of play.

Freshman Dan Willis had 12 saves on the day, half of those coming in the 2nd quarter. Backup Reed Carlson played 1:45 as well.

Villanova won the turnover battle 13-12. Faceoffs were an issue yet again, losing 13 of the 23 total faceoffs.

The Wildcats conclude their season on Saturday at 1:00pm when they take on the Providence Friars. Eight graduating seniors will be honored at the game.

McIver Over-The-Shoulder Goal
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