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Men's Lax ends season on sour note

On a chilly, blustery night at Villanova Stadium, the Wildcats of Villanova saw their season come to an abrupt end at the hands of the Georgetown Hoyas, losing by a score of 15-9.  In a game that many thought would represent a virtual "play-in" game to the NCAA Tournament, the Cats simply did not have enough comebacks in their arsenal.  Although a tough way to end the season, the Cats performed admirably in the inaugural Big East season, finishing with an overall record of 10-5 and a conference record of 4-2.  Only Syracuse and Georgetown placed ahead of Villanova in the conference standings.

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In the game against the Hoyas, the Cats came out extremely flat, as they trailed 5-1 after the first quarter.  The home squad was quite resilient though, storming back in the second quarter with 6 unanswered goals to take a 7-5 advantage heading into the locker room.  With 30 minutes to play and a potential NCAA Tournament berth on the line, it was Georgetown's turn to make a huge run.  The third quarter saw the Hoyas put up a 6 spot of their own, and seemingly take over the game for good.  With the visitors up 11-7 heading into the last quarter, the Cats responded quickly, netting 2 goals in the first 5 minutes of the fourth, thus cutting the deficit in half.  Unfortunately, that was the last time the Wildcats would find the net, and they yielded 4 more goals, resulting in a final tally of 15-9.  Georgetown was led by by senior Ricky Mirabito with 5 goals and 3 assists, while for Villanova, sophomore Kevin Cunningham was the best offensive weapon, scoring 1 and dishing out 3 helpers.


Even though Georgetown notched the victory, their overall resume wasn't good enough, according to the NCAA Selection Committee.  They were left out of the 16-team field, which was just announced at 8:30 pm tonight.