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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for February 25, 2014

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring Hilliard the glue guy, conference titles, and awards galore.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! The lacrosse team is back in action at home tonight - if you are in the area get out for the game as they host the #16 Drexel Dragons in a huge home opener. You'll remember the lacrosse team plays one of the toughest schedules in the country - so they'll need to pick up wins where they can get them.

And now, the "news."

Darrun Hilliard is Villanova's hidden engine |
The 6-6 junior guard is never flashy, just efficient, inclusive and the type of player that raises a team's mental health. Statistics don't do him justice, but he's got plenty of those too.

Arcidiacono Honored by BIG EAST and Philadelphia Big Five | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Ryan Arcidiacono helped spark Villanova to a pair of close wins at Providence and against St. John's last week and on Monday he was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for his efforts. The Big Five also tabbed him as Player of the Week.

Villanova has good weekend on track, in pool |
It was a pretty good weekend for the Villanova Wildcats. And we’re just talking about women’s swimming and indoor track and field. Swimming won the conference title for the first time in almost 20 years and both the men's and women's track teams brought home the crown as well.

Leer Earns Accolades From BIG EAST and Big Five | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Villanova University junior center Emily Leer has been named the Philadelphia Big Five women's basketball player of the week, in addition to earning a spot on the Big East Conference Weekly Honor Roll.

Villanova Hosts No. 16 Drexel for Tuesday Home Opener | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Villanova (0-1) will host their Philadelphia-rivals No. 16 Drexel (1-1) for their 2014 home opener on Tuesday, February 25th at Villanova Stadium. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.

Wildcats Overcome Blown Lead, Outlast Norfolk State 13-10 in 10 Innings | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
The baseball team got into an offensive slugfest with Norfolk St. that almost turned sour, but they held on in extras for a nice win.

Emily Lipari Named National Athlete of the Week | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Senior distance runner Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) was named the Division I National Athlete of the Week by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday afternoon. The honor comes after Lipari helped lead Villanova to a team title at the BIG EAST Championships last weekend.