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Villanova Lacrosse loses opener to Lehigh in 3OT

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John LoCascio
John LoCascio
Villanova Athletics Media Relations

After a day's postponement for the snow covering Eastern Pennsylvania, the Villanova Men's Lacrosse team lost a thrilling triple overtime game at Lehigh, 7-6.

Lehigh came out strong in the second half despite their 3-1 deficit to 'Novas. The Mountain Hawks tallied 5 straight goals to start the third and looked in command. However, Mike Corrado's Wildcats (0-1) clawed back from that 6-3 deficit by holding the 17th ranked Mountain Hawks scoreless over the final 17 minutes of regulation and tallying three goals to send the game to overtime.

Villanova was buoyed by goals from Austin Frederick (2), Kevin O'Neil, Eric Gartner, Jimmy Wyatt, and Remington Pope.

As the two teams moved to the 4-minute overtime periods, the defenses tightened up even more. For the game, Lehigh caused 17 of Wildcats' 29 turnovers while Villanova caused 13 of the Mountain Hawks' 24. Villanova senior John LoCascio match a career-high with nine ground balls. Additionally, the pre-season Big East Defensive Player of the Year also caused 5 turnovers and recorded an assists

The game ended 7 seconds away from the 4th overtime period as Lehigh's Kurtis Kaunas scored the game winner by beating 'Nova goalie, Dan Willis, low.

Villanova next faces Drexel on Tuesday, February 25th at Villanova Stadium. Faceoff is slated for 7p.

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