May 10, 2009

Courtesy of Villanova

Charlottesville, Va. - In their first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, Villanova (11-6) fell to the top-seeded Cavaliers (14-2), 18-6. Sunday's First Round contest at Klockner Stadium was the final game for 13 Villanova seniors who led the Wildcats to their first CAA Championship this season.

Villanova's offense struggled early in the game against the Cavaliers as they were held to five shots in the first half. After allowing Virginia an early lead, Villanova recorded six unanswered goals of their own. Senior Tim Driscoll (Montville, N.J.) recorded two goals in the fourth quarter to ignite the Villanova offense and put the team on the board.

The Wildcats fell behind early as they were unable to stop Virginia's high powered offense. The Cavaliers scored 15 unanswered goals to begin the game with four from Brian Carroll to put Virginia up 15-0 at the end of the half.

To being the second half, Virginia continued to their success recording three goals in the third quarter to bring the score to 18-0 entering the final quarter.

Driscoll responded to the Cavaliers lead by recording two goals. Driscoll's first goal was assisted by senior Chris MacDonald (Westfield, N.J.) who leads Villanova with 24 assists this season. MacDonald extended his point streak to 35 games with the assist.

Senior Matthew Fritts (Dallas, Tex.) also notched a goal in the contest. Fritts, second on the Wildcats with 24 goals, has recorded a point in each of Villanova's 17 games this season. Fritts' play was assisted by sophomore Mike Brennan (Manhasset, N.Y.) Brennan finished the season second on the team with 18 assists. Two more Wildcat goals were added by senior Tim Langan (Madison, N.J.) in less than: 50 seconds. Langan finished the season with 15 goals for the Wildcats in 2009.

With less than two minutes remaining in the game, junior Michael Arvan (Penfield, N.J.) notched his second goal of the season. Arvan also recorded an assist in the contest.

Sophomore Brian Karaluans (Dewitt, N.Y), the 2009 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, led the Wildcats with four caused turnovers in the game while picking up five ground balls. Karalunas finishes the season leading Villanova with 25 caused turnovers and 68 ground balls.

Senior goalkeeper Andrew DiLoreto (Wilton, Conn.) recorded nine saves in the contest as he faced 38 shots. The saves brought his season total to 150. DiLoreto finishes his career with 411 total saves making him sixth on the Wildcats all-time list.

Senior Goalkeeper Mike Bogdanor (Clarksville, Md.) saw 6:45 in the net for the Wildcats. Bogdanor recorded two saves in the game giving him six on the year.

Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman did not allow any goals in 39:01 minutes in the net. He recorded four saves in the game earning the win.

Villanova, who finished the 2009 season 11-6, will be a member of the BIG EAST conference that will be formed in 2010.