March 29, 2008

Late Goal Costly as Villanova Deals Sacred Heart 7-6 Loss

March 29, 2008

Final Stats

VILLANOVA, Pa. (March 29, 2008) - Villanova's Paul Webber scored four of his six goals in the second half including the game-wineer with 33 seconds left to lift the Wildcats past visiting Sacred Heart, 7-6, Saturday afternoon in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Wildcat defense held the Pioneer's league leading offense (12.33 gpg) to just six goals on 14 total shots as both teams now sit at 1-1 in the league. SHU's Timmy Katz (Freeport, NY) led the Pioneers with three goals and an assist in the loss.

Despite being out shot 6-2 in the first quarter, the Pioneers (5-2, 1-1 CAA) made both their attempts on goal count as Katz buried a feed from sophomore Evan Morgan (Ashburn, VA) at 13:08 and junior Nicholas Russo (Lindenhurst, NY) closed the quarter with a goal at 23 seconds for a 2-0 lead. The Wildcats bounced back and owned the second quarter, putting 10 shots on cage while taking a 3-2 lead at the break.

Tim Langan got Villanova (2-7, 1-1 CAA) on the board with a marker just 46 seconds into the quarter and then Webber began to work his magic. The Wildcats closed the half with unassisted markers from Webber at 4:48 and 2:44 for a 3-2 lead. Webber kept his run going to start the third, adding his third score to his ledger as the Wildcats jumped in front 4-2 at 12:30.

Sacred Heart answered back with a pair to knot the game at 4-4 starting with a man-up goal off the stick of junior Bobby Karl (Clifton Park, NJ), unassisted. Sophomore Jon Flood (Hauppauge, NY) tied it up at 8:43 scoring off a feed from junior Dan Casciano (Syracuse, NY). Webber gave his team back the lead at 5:05 with his fourth goal of the afternoon, unassisted, but SHU's Katz sent the two squads into the final quarter tied at 5-5 with his second off a feed junior Bobby Rushton (West Islip, NY).

Nearly 10 minutes went by in the fourth before either team got back on the scoreboard as Villanova's Webber continued his second half scoring binge at 5:14. Webber buried a feed from Tommy Nolan for his fifth and a 6-5 `Nova advantage. Sacred Heart wasn't through, tying it back up just a minute later on Katz's third of the day, coming unassisted.

As he did all afternoon, Webber had an answer that the Pioneers couldn't stop, burying the game-winner with 33 ticks left to send his team home with the win, snapping a six-game losing streak.

The Pioneers are back in action hosting Quinnipiac on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 pm. SHU will be back in CAA action next Saturday traveling to Hofstra.

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