The Villanova Wildcats could only find the back of the net twice in half number two, thus making little space between themselves and the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays. The `Cats fell on the road by a score of 13-7. The Wildcats' record stands at 5-8 while the number 7-ranked JHU improves to 10-3.
The Wildcats shot out to a quick lead when Johnny Galloway scored twice in the first 3 minutes. Senior Kevin O'Neil would score his loan goal of the game to extend the first quarter lead to 3-1. JHU would go on to tie the game before the beginning of the 2nd quarter.
The Blue Jays outscored the Wildcats 4-2 in the 2nd, with `Nova's Devin McNamara beating JHU goalie Eric Schneider to enter the 2nd half down 7-5. The `Cats were outshot 16-4 in the 2nd quarter and 23-15 in the 1st half overall. The Blue Jays also won the groundball battle 17-11. Faceoffs were equal.
In the 3rd quarter, Villanova scored 2 goals, scoring the first of the 3rd to pull within one goal. However, the Blue Jays went on a 5-goal run from the 3rd and 4th quarters to put away the `Cats once and for all. Villanova falls to 2-6 vs. ranked opponents this season.
Both Wells Stanwick and Holden Cattoni of the Blue Jays registered hat tricks. Goalie Eric Schneider had 11 saves on the night, making 4 huge ones in the final quarter of play.
Freshman Dan Willis had 12 saves on the day, half of those coming in the 2nd quarter. Backup Reed Carlson played 1:45 as well.
Villanova won the turnover battle 13-12. Faceoffs were an issue yet again, losing 13 of the 23 total faceoffs.
The Wildcats conclude their season on Saturday at 1:00pm when they take on the Providence Friars. Eight graduating seniors will be honored at the game.McIver Over-The-Shoulder Goal