Saturday, March 22, 2014
When: 2:00 pm Eastern
Georgetown Hoyas (3-5, 0-1) vs.
Villanova Wildcats (2-5, 1-0)
Livestream: CBS Sports Network
This is the 20th meeting between the two schools. Villanova has the upper hand in the rivalry, winning 12 of the 19 total outings.
Georgetown is on quite a rough stretch as of late, losing 5 of their last 6. However, their last outing was a close 1-goal loss at home to the #2 ranked Loyola-MD Greyhounds.
The Golden Eagles average roughly the same amount of goals per game as the Wildcats ( 9.12 to 9.00 ) however they allow more goals too (12.57 to 11.00). Peter Conley leads the team with 16 goals and 10 assists; 26 points also tops on the Hoyas. Also tops on the team is Bo Stafford (18) and Reilly O'Connor (14).
Georgetown is a great man-advantage team. On offense they have a 33% efficiency rate when man-up. When man-down, they only allow opponents to score 22% of the time. The Wildcats have worse numbers in both categories.
Another positive on the Hoyas' offense is their face-off win percentage. They win 61.6% of their face-offs compared to `Nova's 50%. It is obvious that Georgetown is great at creating opportunities for themselves, but their equal goals average shows they fail to capitalize.
Villanova comes off a much-needed win over the Marquette Golden Eagles by a score of 10-8. While that was the Wildcat's first conference win this season, Georgetown is still in search of their first.
The `Cats' leading scorer is still Kevin O'Neill with 12 goals and 16 total points. The next highest scorer is now Johnny Gallaway with 10. The Wildcats allow more than 10 goals per game, and allow a 94% clear percentage for opponents. This is stagnating the Wildcat offense.
Dan Willis anchors Villanova's defense in the net. The freshman has adjusted well to high-major college play, allowing only 9 .95goals per game ans sporting a 46.8% save percentage. Those numbers took a nice dip after the big win in Wisconsin.