Villanova finally tops Georgetown
Wildcats’ victory snaps nine-game losing streak against Hoyas
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- No. 20 Georgetown (5-4, 1-1 BIG EAST) could not keep up with the offense of No. 13 Villanova (6-4, 2-0 BIG EAST), as the Wildcats jumped in front early and never looked back in a 15-7 victory. The loss snapped Georgetown's nine-game win streak against Villanova, dating back to 1993.
Dan McKinney scored two goals, while Brian Casey, Jason McFaddenand Reilly O'Connor each tallied one goal and one assist in the loss for Georgetown.
Jack Rice led the way for Villanova, scoring a game-high four goals.
The Wildcats dominated time of possession, taking 19-of-25 face-offs and held a plus-15 ground ball advantage against the Hoyas.
The Wildcats struck quickly, as Rice scored a pair of goals within the first 2:30 to put the Hoyas in a hole. Rice scored his third goal at the 9:41 mark in the first quarter, before Zac Guy caught a feed from Brian Casey and tip-toed the crease for the Hoyas first goal at the 4:15 mark in the first.
Villanova got off to a quick start in the second quarter, scoring two goals within six seconds, taking its largest lead of the game at four goals, before Dan McKinney scored with 6:55 left in the first quarter to make the score 5-2 Villanova.
Brian Casey closed the gap to two goals after a Hoyas time-out in the second quarter. Casey, wrapped around the crease and caught the feed from Jason McFadden, before beating the goalie high to the left side to make the score, 5-3.
The Wildcats scored 34 seconds before halftime to take a three-goal lead and the momentum into the third quarter. VU opened quickly, scoring four consecutive goals, to extend the lead to seven-goals with 5:17 remaining.
McFadden ended the Wildcats run with 2:01 remaining in the third quarter, but the Wildcats scored once more to take an 11-4 lead into the fourth quarter. Dan McKinney cut the lead to five goals, picking up a rebound in front of the Villanova goal and scoring for his second of the game, but VU scored two more within the span of a minute to open the lead to eight goals. A man-up goal for VU at 10:08 put Villanova in front 14-5.
C-Jay Engelke and O'Connor each scored late goals for the Hoyas, but it was not enough to overcome the Wildcats offense.