Small Scores Four; 'Nova Wins Sixth Straight
from press release
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- The 15th-ranked Villanova men's lacrosse team (7-1, 0-0) secured a 10-6 victory over Manhattan (1-8, 0-0) on Saturday afternoon, earning their sixth straight win of the season. Junior C.J. Small (San Diego, Calif.) tied a career-high performance with four goals while classmate Kevin Cunningham (Garden City, N.Y.) tallied five points for the day.
Villanova dominated the Jaspers, outshooting Manhattan 32-20 and
winning 14 of 20 face offs. Freshman Thomas Croonquist (North
Caldwell, N.J.) led the team with six ground balls and had a
near-perfect day from the X, winning 11 of 12 attempts, good for a
win percentage of 92%.
The Wildcats got off to a quick 3-0 lead bridging the first and second quarters. Sophomore Nick Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) gave Villanova the first score of the day just over a minute into the start of the game, while Small followed just 40 seconds later to put the `Cats up, 2-0 at the end of the first. Small would go on to open the second quarter with a score off a Michael Vigilante (Massapequa, N.Y.) feed for the 3-0 lead.
Manhattan continued to fight despite being down 3-0, climbing back from their deficit to go on a three goal run with scores from Brian McGrath, Justin Jensen and Mike Llewellyn. Villanova's Jack Rice (Baltimore, Md.) responded with a quick 1-2 feed at the top of the crease from Cunningham, while Small bookended the quarter with an unassisted tally to round out the half, 5-3 in favor of VU.
Coming out of halftime, Cunningham would net two scores less than a minute apart to increase the Villanova lead to 7-3, while Manhattan would go on a three-goal unanswered run with scores from Brett Miranda and and Brian McGrath, cutting the lead to 7-6 with 5:32 remaining in the third stanza.
The Wildcats would solidify the victory with three unanswered scores from Max Hart (Bethesda, Md.) Small and Rice to finish the contest, giving Villanova the 10-6 win.
Defensively, sophomore keeper Billy Hurley (Morristown, N.J.) captured three saves in the victory while MC's Matt Solomito made 11 in the loss. Senior Brian Karalunas (Dewitt, N.Y.) tallied five ground balls and three caused turnovers while sophomore close defenseman Chris Creighton (West Chester, Pa.) captured four ground balls and one takeaway.
Villanova will host their first BIG EAST contest of the season on Saturday, March 26th when they host No. 1 Syracuse in Villanova Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7 pm.