Men’s lacrosse defeat Hawks and Leopards during streak

Juli Walsh

After last Tuesday’s victory against St. Joseph’s, the University men’s lacrosse team is on a four game winning streak. This streak has improved their record to an impressive 4-1.

The team’s offense and defense both played their roles to come up with the win last Tuesday. The offense managed to score the final six goals of the match, while the defense put on a solid show the last three quarters of the game.

The final outcome of the game was 9-4. Junior attacker Matt Starker scored the game winner with just 2:08 remaining in the third quarter.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Villanova was in the lead at 5-4. At this point either team could come out on top. In the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, Villanova’s offense sailed two goals into the net. They never put their guard down after that. The Wildcats scored two more goals at the end of the quarter which secured the win for the University.

St. Joseph’s was just one of the team’s victories from their streak. While the majority of Villanovans were relaxing on the beach during their spring break, the lacrosse team was busy contending Lafayette and University of Pennsylvania. The Wildcats were victorious in both matches.

Last Saturday Villanova beat Lafayette 9-3. They secured seven of the nine goals in the first half and were able to keep the Leopards scoreless until the second period.

Junior Matt Starker set the tone of the game as he scored the first goal for the Wildcats just 6:28 into the game. Starker scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season in this match. He is the currently the leading scorer for Villanova.

Villanova’s game against University of Penn on March 5 was much tighter. Sophomore Eric Heidenberger came through for the Wildcats to break the 6-6 tie. This goal secured a permanent lead for the Cats. The final score was 10-7.

“It was a tough exciting game with both teams trading goals in the first half.  After Penn went up 6-3 in the third quarter our offense rose up to the challenge and didn’t look back as we went on a 7-0 run.  It was a great win for our team going into the rest of the season,” said Starker.

Senior goalie Joe Canuso made four saves. He played 55:07 in the net and only allowed one shot to hit the back of the net.

The game against Notre Dame on March 8 was rescheduled for March 28 due to inclement weather.

The time of the game has not been established yet.

This four game winning streak has given Villanova a 4-1 record. They return to action on Saturday March 19 away against Denver.