Webber, Scioscia Buoy Villanova in Victory
from press release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- No. 13/12 Villanova (10-4,
4-1 Big East) brought home another conference win on Saturday
afternoon, downing Providence College (0-13, 0-5 Big East) 9-5 at
the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Wildcats tallied
five unanswered goals in the third and fourth quarters to propel
themselves over the PC defense.
Seniors Paul Webber (Manhasset, N.Y.) and Mark Scioscia (East Hampton, N.Y.) led the Wildcat offense, providing the team with four points each and combining for five goals. Junior LSM Brian Karalunas (Dewitt, N.Y.) tallied six ground balls and five caused turnovers, while freshman goalie Billy Hurley (Morristown, N.J.) captured 10 saves in the first half to lead the VU defensive effort.
Head coach Mike Corrado states, "Today's game was an important Big East win to get us to 4-1 in the conference. Billy Hurley had a great game for us making 10 saves in the first half, especially when we weren't playing particularly well to keep us in the game. Our seniors in [Paul] Webber and [Mark] Scioscia really stepped up with five goals for us today."
A defensive minded first half saw only four scores, with two apiece going to each side. Villanova bookended scoring with Scioscia and Webber notching their 19th and 27th goals of the season, respectively.
Scioscia was the lone scorer of the first quarter, finding the net with 6:10 left in the period.
PC saw goals in the second fifteen minutes coming from Evan Helda and Kyle Dexter, with assists being credited to Mike Feldberg and Garrett Kanter. Webber's goal at the 4:37 mark tied the game at two-all going into intermission.
Villanova finally found their rhythm in the second half, capturing scores from freshman Jack Rice (Baltimore, Md.), sophomore Kevin Cunningham (Garden City, N.Y.) and Webber. Rice's goal at the 9:21 mark gave the Wildcats a one goal cushion at 3-2, but PC responded with scores from Jackson Fallon and Evan Olsen to put the Friars ahead with 4:50 remaining in the third period.
Cunningham's man-up goal from Webber with 3:37 left in the quarter began VU's scoring streak, with Webber tallying his second score of the game off a Scioscia pass to end the period. Going into the final stanza, VU held a slight 5-4 lead over the Friars.
The fourth period began with freshman Will Casertano (Millbrook, N.Y.) finding the net with 10:06 remaining and giving VU a 6-4 advantage over the Friars, while Webber and Scioscia tallied scores at the 8:32 and 4:12 marks.
PC's Daniel Textor scored with 48 seconds remaining to put the score at 8-4 in favor of the Wildcats, but Cunningham answered with an open net tally from a Mike Brennan (Manhasset, N.Y.) assist to close out the game with 15 seconds remaining.
Defensively, Hurley is credited with his sixth win of the season and made 12 saves in the net for Villanova. PC's Christian Dzwilewski recorded 14 saves in the defeat.
The Wildcats will next be in action on Saturday, May 8th when they host their final game of the season against No. 14/15 Georgetown at Villanova Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
Corrado states, "We're excited to play another top-ranked team on our home field against Georgetown. It's our last game of the season and senior night and it will be a great atmosphere as always."
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