Men’s lax downed but not out

Juli Walsh

Delaware beat Villanova 12-5 last Saturday night at Villanova Stadium. The Blue Hens scored five goals in the third quarter. These goals put an end to the tight game from the first-half play.

The Wildcats scored two goals in the first quarter. These goals were scored by junior Matt Starker and senior Chris Kramer.

Villanova led 2-1 after the first quarter, but Delaware took complete control for the second. The Blue Hens were able to score three times during the period. The Delaware defense was also able to shutdown Villanova’s offense completely for the quarter. The Blue Hens had a 4-2 lead at the half.

Delaware controlled the third quarter even more. Their offense tallied five goals from five different players. The Wildcats’ lone goal of the period came from senior Dan Fanelli with 6:56 left. The Blue Hens had a comforting 9-3 lead at the end of the quarter.

Jordan Hall scored for the Hens just 28 seconds into the fourth quarter. After this goal the Wildcats lost all hope of making a comeback. Hall’s goal secured the win for Delaware.

The teams exchanged a pair of goals each in the final quarter of play. The final score was 12-5.

Joe Canuso and Dan Biser combined for 14 saves in the net for the Wildcats. The Delaware goalie Chris Collins made seven saves for the win.

In pregame ceremonies Villanova honored seniors Dan Biser, Dan Fanelli, Chris Kramer, Francis Cattani, Marc Creegan, Jon Urbana and Garret Wells.

The Wildcats return to action tomorrow night against Sacred Heart University. The team will be traveling to Fairfield, Connecticut for the game.

Junior Matt Starker and freshman Tim Atkins both received honors from the Colonial Athletic Association for their performance last week. Starker and Atkins had outstanding games against Hofstra and Towson. Starker was named Co-Player of the Week and Atkins was named Rookie of the Week.

Midfielder Starker scored four of the teams 11 goals and had one assist in a win against Hofstra. Atkins scored two goals and had one assist in this match.

This was his first assist of his collegiate career. It was also the first time he scored twice in one game. This is the first time that either of the Wildcats received weekly honors.