What a difference a week makes. Licking their wounds after a humbling one-goal performance last Saturday. The Villanova Wildcats (1-1) traveled to Valley Field in Milwaukee to take things out on the Marquette Golden Eagles (0-2).
After the one goal showing last week, the Wildcats put themselves in the shop and got an oil change and a tune-up and exploded for a 16-14 victory. Matt Campbell (4g,3a) discovered his mojo taking charge of this one. The visitors stormed out to a 2-0 lead courtesy of Corey McManus (2g). McManus converted a crisp feed from Keegan Khan.
With 10:04 left in the first, Campbell struck on an unassisted tally and Villanova had the early advantage. The low scoring first quarter closed with a Connor McClelland (2g) strike and a 2-1 game. If you are a fan of offense and mainly, goals, the second stanza would be right up your alley.
Now fewer than 14, Yes 14 goals, were on display. The heavyweight fight was upon us. :23 in, Zach Granger (1g) got the Golden Eagles knotted at 2-2. A minute and a half would pass before Patrick Daly (2g) found rope and a 3-2 Wildcats lead. Griffin Fleming (2g) and Russell Melendez (2g) saw and raised to put Marquette in front.
That seemed to annoy the visitors and they rolled up their sleeves and enjoyed tallies from, Campbell, Daly, Sam Parkinson (1g), and another from Campbell to stretch it to 7-4 ‘Cats. Devon Cowan (3g,2a) ended the run, but Villanova had a sip of Gatorade and went back to work. Eric Overbay (1g,2a) got it 8-5 but it was now Marquette’s turn.
Connor McClellan converted on the man up with Cowan adding his second and Anthony Courcelle (1g) knotting it up with 3:08 to play. Keegan Khan set up Campbell on the advantage with just :25 to play to close the frantic quarter and a half with Villanova riding 9-8 edge. Campbell nailed yet another EMO goal to start the third.
Jacob Hallam (1g) had the answer before Campbell turned to set up guy for Khan (3g, 3a) and Austin Fraser (1g) gave Villanova a three-point edge at 12-9. Cowan notched his fifth of young season but Khan answered. Griffin Fleming on another advantage quickly followed by Morgan Mako (1g,1a) closed the third as it started, Marquette trailing by a goal, 13-12.
Khan found a breaking Colin Crowley (1g) to stretch the lead to two. Cowan got it back to one and Melendez hit his second to get it even with 9:37 left. Villanova found a little something extra and Corey McManus and Khan slammed the door on Marquette to end a thriller, 16-14.
Dis and Dat
Shots favored Villanova, 51-39, and Villanova controlled the face-offs, 19-14 but Marquette handled the ground balls, 28-22. What a difference a week makes.