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Cats pull away from Jaspers in the 4th

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(Paul Webber - via Villanova.com)

On Saturday night at Gaelic Park in New York, the underdog Manhattan Jaspers went toe-to-toe with the #13 Villanova Wildcats, although the final score indicates otherwise.  It was a back and forth affair all the way through the 3rd quarter, as a 7-6 Villanova lead very much hung in the balance.  The Jaspers had a shocking upset on their mind, but the Cats scored the last 7 goals of the game, resulting in a final score of 14-6.

The Long Island natives for each squad really stood out, with Salvatore Spatarella (Rocky Point, N.Y.) notching 2 goals and 2 assists on the day for Manhattan, while Mike Brennan (Manhasset, N.Y.) put up 3 goals and 1 assist and Paul Webber (Manhasset, N.Y.) had a game-high 4 tallies for the Cats.  With the loss, the Jaspers fall to 4-6 on the year.  For Villanova, the win improves their record to 7-3 on the year, with a very favorable schedule to end the season.  The rest of the schedule is as follows for the Wildcats:

  • April 17th-Home vs. St. John's at 7pm
  • April 25th-Away vs. Rutgers at 1pm
  • May 1st-Away vs. Providence at 2pm
  • May 8th-Home vs. Georgetown at 7pm

In order to make the 16 team NCAA tournament, Villanova likely will need to win out. The newly formed Big East conference does not have a postseason conference tournament like some other conferences, so the automatic bid goes to the winner of the regular season. Syracuse has not lost a conference game, and they probably won't, so the only chance for the Cats is an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. 

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Thus, any loss in the last 4 games probably will keep Villanova on the outside looking in when the committee announces the field.