Mens Lax stays strong, women falter

Tom Boyle

The Villanova men’s lacrosse team traveled all the way to the bitterly cold area of Hamilton, N.Y. where it was hosted by the Colgate Raiders. But no matter how far the team traveled or how cold it was, this game was over after the first half.

Last week’s lack luster performance, when the Wildcats allowed the Hawk’s of St. Joes to stay in the game for way too long. However this game wasn’t nearly as close, with Villanova amassing five goals in the first half, while the ‘Cats defense only allowed one to slip by for Colgate. As has been the story for much of its season, the defense for Villanova was strong again, holding Colgate to only three goals for the entire game. Colgate was the fifth team this season the Wildcats have held under five goals, and all of these games have resulted in a Wildcats victory.

While the defense gave the men’s team something to boast about, there accomplishments were overshadowed by some individual achievements. The most noticeable of which was the performance of senior Brian Marks who controlled the game with seven assists on his way to setting the school assists record by notching 96 for his career. Furthermore Marks continue to be on a tare moving his national leading assist total up to 25; he also contributed two goals in the 10-3 whooping of Colgate.

Much of the teams scoring cam from their best scorer, Marc Creegan, who earned himself another hat trick. The team also received contributions from two freshmen as well, when Brendan O’Donnell scored twice and teammate Matt Starker added one goal. Junior Richie Kratz scored two goals as well in ‘Nova’s victory. Next up for the Wildcats is a home game against Sacred Heart this Saturday at 3 p.m. With a win over Sacred Heart the ‘Cats will go 6-1 on the year.

But where the men’s team hs been building steam throughout the season, it seems as if the women’s team is on a track to derail. The women’s team has now dropped two strait, and its latest loss shows no signs of encouragement.

Earlier on in the week the Wildcats took on Holy Cross and while they came on strong in the beginnings of both halves, they could not maintain their momentum down the stretch and especially at the end when it mattered most. Villanova allowed a string of three strait unanswered goals by the Crusaders of Holy Cross in the second half and never recovered. Finally with the scored tied late in the fourth quarter, Holy Cross scored their tenth and final goal of the game to edge out the Wildcats 10-9.

However their latest game, at Boston College, was not nearly exciting, and in the end much more deflating with a loss of 15-4. With these two latest losses the women’s team falls to 3-3 on the season.