Langan carries ‘Cats past Robert Morris



Alex Gallucci

Traditionally, final games and the sentiments they bring are highly memorable for any athlete. But when one leads a team to victory in the final home game of his college career, that game remains unforgettable.

This past Saturday, senior Tim Langan Jr. was the leading scorer for the lacrosse team against Robert Morris University. Langan led the team with three goals and an assist that helped bring Villanova to a decisive 16-11 victory over the conference rival Colonials.

Langan started the second quarter’s scoring with an assist to teammate Mark Scioscia, who initiated an unanswered four-goal run. Less than two minutes later, Langan scored his first of two unassisted goals of the game, but this was just the beginning of his scoring streak. Before the end of the second quarter, Langan added two more back-to-back goals that completed a hat trick and brought Villanova to a 10-3 lead at the half.

The Madison, N.J., native won four varsity letters as an attackman on the Madison High School lacrosse team. In addition to breaking his high school’s scoring record, he was also voted the team’s MVP and conference Player of the Year. Langan finished his high school career with All-American, All-State and All-Conference accolades.

In his first season with the Wildcats, Langan was a dominant force, playing in all 12 of the team’s games. With 11 goals in his 2006 season, Langan became the leading freshman scorer and a member of the CAA All-Rookie team.

Langan also recorded his first college career hat trick against Sacred Heart as a freshman, but the highlight of his rookie season came in the Wildcats’ game against then-No. 11 Notre Dame and Robert Morris when he contributed four goals and one assist that led him to be named the CAA Rookie of the Week.

Last season, Langan further developed his role as one of the team’s key players, starting in 14 of the team’s 15 games. His season total of 10 goals tied him for third on the team in scoring as he continued to be an integral part of the Wildcats’ offense.

Currently, Langan is sixth on the team in points this season, with 13 goals and four assists, but many scoring opportunities still exist, as one regular-season game still remains in the team’s schedule, as well as the CAA Semi-Final Playoffs. The Wildcats’ conference record of 3-2 has placed them at the No. 3 spot in the CAA, a full two spots ahead of pre-season predictions.

There is no doubt that Langan’s presence as an offensive force will propel the Wildcats to success in its final games. The team will battle in the CAA Playoffs starting on April 29, and the CAA Championship is set to take place on May 2.