Villanova picks up a win, 11-8. The Villanova Wildcats (2-1) went on the road to take on the Providence Friars (2-3) at Anderson Stadium. Villanova started fast and jumped to a quick 2-0 lead when Keegan Khan took center stage.
Khan set up Patrick Daly (1g,1) then Khan (3g,2a) converted an Eric Overbay feed to give the ‘Cats the edge with 11:03 to play. At 9:28, Matt Leader (1g) cut the lead in half but Khan was waiting for a chance and converted an unassisted net bender to put it back to a two-goal edge. Dan Axelson (2g) closed the back and forth first quarter with a 3-2 Nova edge.
Matt Campbell (2g,1a) and a man-up tally from Khan stretched the advantage to 5-2. Ryan Zimmerman (2g) picked up a pair. Chris Cusolito (1a) set up the first and Ryan Nawrocki (3a) got the helper on Zimmerman’s second and a half came to its conclusion with Providence nipping at the heels of the Wildcats, 5-4.
Villanova came out on a mission and scored three times in just over three minutes. Eric Overbay (3g,3a), started with a pair quickly followed by Khan setting up Corey McManus (1g), and just like that, the visitors seemed to be on the prowl with an 8-4 lead.
Following the “unofficial rules of Lacrosse” Providence came right back. Evan McGreen (1g,1a) and exactly one minute later, Chris Nawrocki being playmaker for Tim Hinrichs (1g) to make it 8-6. Colin Crowley (1a) converted a nice pass from Overbay that not only stopped the run but, ended the quarter with the scoreboard showing 9-6.
This time it was the Friars who stormed out and before we knew it. It was 9-8. Brendan Driscoll (1g) and Axelson did the honors. At this point, Overbay said, “Lemme see about this”’ and set up Matt Campbell for a backbreaker with 3:42 left. Overbay added an “oh by the way” marker to end it, 11-8. Providence netminder, Toby Burgdorf turned away 8 shots but was overshadowed by Will Vitton who was the difference in this contest, who stopped 16 Friars chances.
Total shots were 43 for Providence and 37 for ‘Nova. Shots actually on goal had The Friars with 24 and the Wildcats with 19. Providence had the edge in Ground Balls, 23-17 while Villanova took the face-offs, 11-10. Justin Coppola for ‘Nova was 11 for 20. Villanova picks up a win.