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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for April 15th, 2013

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring a Phil Booth update, Penn students flock to Villanova, and Salome is drawing rave reviews (I'm serious).

Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! Hope you all enjoyed Sunday as much as I did. Beautiful weather and a great finish to golf's greatest tournament - not too shabby. I still remember watching Greg Norman lose to Nick Faldo when I was growing up and just getting into golf - good to see Adam Scott pay homage to The Shark during his jacket ceremony.

(Editor's Note: Awkward little triangle with Scott, Norman, and Norman's daughter, who Scott used to date.)

Meanwhile, the men's lacrosse team appears to be on the verge of turning their season around in a big way as their victory over St. John's secured them a bid in the Big East Tournament (hosted at Villanova Stadium this year). If they want to get into the NCAA Tournament, they'll need to win that, so step one is complete.

On to the links!

Annual Bone Marrow Registry Drive Draws More Than 500 People - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Villanova University head football coach Andy Talley and the Wildcat football program hosted their annual bone marrow testing drive on Tuesday, April 9, on campus at the Connelly Center. Talley and the Wildcats had an impressive showing with 535 people being tested and added to the national registry. In the last three years, Villanova has tested over 2,300 people during its annual testing drive.

Defense Falters Late as Wildcats Lose to Connecticut, 4-3 - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Four unearned runs in the last two innings spoiled what had been a scoreless contest and Villanova (9-23, 1-6 BIG EAST) found itself in a hole just slightly too large to overcome in a 4-3 loss to Connecticut (20-13, 6-4 BIG EAST) at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on Friday afternoon. The game was scoreless through the first seven innings before each team stumbled to the finish line.

Ostapeck Strikes Out Career High Nine but Wildcats Fall to Connecticut, 4-1 - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Senior starting pitcher Stephen Ostapeck (Sacramento, Calif.) continues to look strong on the mound and he had perhaps his best start of the season on Saturday afternoon, registering a career-high nine strikeouts and allowing just one earned run in 7 1/3 innings despite a 4-1 loss for Villanova (9-24, 1-7 BIG EAST) against Connecticut (21-13, 7-4 BIG EAST) at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth.

Wildcats Lose Series Finale to Connecticut, 9-4 - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
In the finale of a three-game series Villanova (9-25, 1-8 BIG EAST) gave up four runs in the top of the ninth inning to stretch out what had been a close contest and lost to Connecticut (22-13, 8-4 BIG EAST) by a 9-4 score at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on Sunday afternoon.

Wildcats Put Up Blistering Times in 800 Meters at Hurricane Alumni Invitational - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Villanova recorded fast times across the board on a great day of competition in the Hurricane Invitational at Cobb Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The highlight for the Wildcats was the 800 meters, in which Villanova accounted for five of the first six finishers in the field of 26 runners.

Smetana's Home Run Leads Wildcats Past Penn 9-0 - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
The Villanova Wildcats scored five runs in the top half of the first inning, with three coming on a home run off the bat off Beth Smetana, and cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Penn Quakers in a game played Thursday evening at Penn Park.

Students unsatisfied with Fling flock to Villanova - The Daily Pennsylvanian
The title is misleading. Penn's students were so disappointed in their own spring concert that they are coming to Villanova's - which is a sellout. We're trending up, people!

Villanova's SALOME - A Stunning Performance of an Underperformed Classic - Broadway World
Rumor has it that Ed Donohue has come into a boatload of tickets that fell off the back of a truck. He'll pay top dollar for you to take them.