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Morning Cup O' Mud: Darrel Young Trending Up, 'Nova Football Is Not

Darrel Young continues to make a name for himself with the Washington Redskins in the NFL - a place where we're not accustomed to seeing Villanova alums. Brian Westbrook and Brian Finneran were bigger names who will probably have better careers than Young when it's all said and done - but Young's ability to change positions (after doing so in college twice) to be successful at the professional level speaks volumes about his drive to succeed.

We only wish Villanova football could find some similar good fortune. After playing James Madison tough for a half (they took a 7-6 lead into the break) they were demolished in the 2nd half, falling 34-10. That and more in your Monday morning news roundup.

Young makes necessary adjustments to make the Redskins
Darrel Young is used to making adjustments. He was recruited by Villanova as a running back, but he switched to linebacker and then strong safety in becoming a four-year varsity performer who made 244 career tackles.

Villanova falls to James Madison, 34-10
Villanova looked like it had a chance to upset James Madison on Saturday in Harrisonburg, Va., but the Dukes, No. 13 in the Football Championship Subdivision national rankings, scored four straight touchdowns in the second half to run away from the Wildcats, 34-10.

Villanova Places Fourth at Wisconsin Adidas Invitational
Senior Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) won her first race of the season in dominant fashion, classmate Bogdana Mimic (Pancevo, Serbia) was sixth and Villanova placed fourth as a team in an extremely close race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course on Friday afternoon. As a team the Wildcats had 232 points and the top four teams were separated by a mere 33 points.

Yardley's Megan Goelz capping career at Villanova
Senior Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) won her first race of the season in dominant fashion, Villanova senior and Yardley's own Megan Goelz has been busy wrapping up her career in goal for the Wildcats' field hockey team. A product of Pennsbury High School, Goelz came into the current campaign boasting a career 2.31 goals against average and a .741 save percentage.

Wildcats Even Score in Second Half But Eventually Fall, 3-1, at Notre Dame
Senior forward Katie Ryan (Wayne, N.J.) scored her 12th goal of the season in the 62nd minute to tie the game at 1-1 but Villanova (8-8-2, 4-6 BIG EAST) was beaten in the closing minutes by Notre Dame (8-6-3, 5-3-2 BIG EAST), which scored twice in the final six minutes to tally a 3-1 win at Alumni Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Wildcats Snap Three-Game Skid with 3-0 Sweep over Georgetown
The Villanova volleyball team (13-8, 5-2 BIG EAST) returned to its home court on Saturday evening and snapped a three-match losing streak by sweeping Georgetown 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-19) in BIG EAST action.

Early Deficit is Too Much for Wildcats to Overcome in 2-1 Loss at Cincinnati
The Cincinnati Bearcats scored a pair of first half goals and held off a rally from Villanova to defeat the Wildcats 2-1 in a BIG EAST match played under the lights here tonight at Gettler Stadium. Cincinnati improves to 5-8-1 overall, 1-4-0 in the BIG EAST while the `Cats drop to 4-6-4 overall, 1-3-1 in conference play.

At Temple homecoming, talk of Big East machinations
It was a hot topic for most in attendance except (at least publicly) the people involved. Temple fans, former players, and alumni at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday all talked about Villanova's supposed lobbying to prevent Temple from becoming a Big East Conference member. It was still being talked about long after Temple's 34-0, homecoming victory over Buffalo.


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