March 24, 2010
Villanova's Michael Vigilante (3g, 1a) rips rope despite the efforts of Binhamton's Frank Donlon.  © Kevin P. Tucker
Villanova's Michael Vigilante (3g, 1a) rips rope despite the efforts of Binhamton's Frank Donlon. © Kevin P. Tucker

Villanova Upends No. 11 Drexel; Big East Next

from press release

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Senior Paul Webber (Manhasset, N.Y.) had four goals while six other players netted scores to raise the Wildcats over Drexel, 10-8, at Villanova Stadium on Wednesday night. The win marks the second consecutive game Villanova has defeated a former CAA conference rival and top-20 team in the national rankings.

"It was a great win for our program to beat the No. 11 team in the country in addition to Drexel being a former CAA and Philadelphia rival," said Wildcats coach Mike Corrado. "Paul Webber's four goals were huge - he really stepped up and scored at crucial times in the game for us."

Although Drexel got on the board first to begin the game, Villanova rebounded with four unanswered goals from junior Mike Brennan (Manhasset, N.Y.), freshman Nick Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.), senior Mark Scioscia (East Hampton, N.Y.) and Webber to give the Wildcats a 5-3 advantage to end the first half. Drexel senior Colin Ambler scored two of his four goals of the game in the first thirty minutes in addition to a goal from Robert Church to give the Dragons their points for the half.

To begin the third period, Villanova found two goals from freshman Will Casertano (Millbrook, N.Y.) and classmate Jack Rice (Baltimore, Md.) off assists from sophomore Kevin Cunningham (Garden City, N.Y.) to further their lead within the first seven minutes of the quarter. Webber then netted his third score off an unassisted play with 3:55 remaining while sophomore Michael Vigilante (Massapequa, N.Y.) followed suit just two minutes later to give the 'Cats their biggest lead of the game, 9-4, going into the final quarter.
Drexel quickly rebounded in the fourth stanza with two goals each from Church and Ambler to get the Dragons within two points of Villanova, but Webber netted the final VU goal of the game off a Brennan assist to give the Wildcats what they needed for the victory.

Defensively, junior Brian Karalunas (Dewitt, N.Y.) led the Wildcats with five caused turnovers and six ground balls while junior T.J. O'Donnell (Randolph, N.J), senior Bryan McCartney (Doylestown, Pa.) and junior Chris Ficke (Madison, N.J.) each contributed with two ground balls each.

Villanova freshman goalkeeper Billy Hurley (Morristown, N.J.) captured the second win of his career with tonight's effort, making 11 saves in the victory. Drexel's Mark Manos tallied eight saves in the loss.

"Billy [Hurley] had another good game against another tough opponent. He had great saves and played really well for us," said Corrado.

Villanova will next be in action on Monday, March 29th when they travel to upstate New York to face Syracuse University in their on campus home in the Carrier Dome at 3 p.m. ET.

Said Corrado: "We're really excited to begin the BIG EAST portion of our schedule and we're ready to compete against our conference rivals."

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