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NCAA berth on the line this Saturday at Villanova Stadium

http://photos.digitalsports.com/1830256/lacrosseLogo_fullview.jpgIt's a big weekend coming up for two Big East lacrosse foes.  At 7 pm on Saturday night, the Wildcats of Villanova (10-4, 4-1 in the Big East) host the Georgetown Hoyas (8-5, 4-1 in the Big East) in what will be an electric atmosphere on the Main Line.  It is widely assumed that whichever team wins this game has a good shot of earning an at-large berth for the NCAA Tournament.  The 16 team field will be announced this Sunday, May 9th at 8:30 pm on ESPNU.  If the Cats are selected, it will be the second time ever in program history receiving a berth, with the first coming last year.   

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The Cats wouldn't be in this position if it weren't for a hard-fought win last weekend against the winless Providence Friars.  A game that looked like a complete mismatch on paper turned out to be a nailbiter up until the 4th quarter, which is when Villanova finally pulled away for a 9-5 road victory.  With the game tied at 4 late in the 3rd quarter, Villanova went on a 4-0 run over a 10 minute span to put the game out of reach.  The loss dropped Providence to 0-13 overall and 0-5 in the conference.  Leading the way for the Wildcats were seniors Paul Webber (Manhasset, N.Y.) and Mark Scioscia (East Hampton, N.Y.) with 3 goals and 1 assist and 2 goals and 2 assists, respectively.  In the cage, freshman Billy Hurley (Morristown, N.J.) notched 12 saves on the day.     

In some very sad and tragic lacrosse news, as you all probably know by now, Virginia University women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love was killed by UVA men's lacrosse player George Huguely a few days ago.  Both teams are national title contenders and will continue their seasons amidst the sadness and grief.  Please keep the Love family and the UVA community in your prayers.