The Wildcats and the Hoyas were originally scheduled to play under the lights at Villanova Stadium. However, Mother Nature had other plans, and last night’s game was rescheduled to today at 3 p.m. With the snow gone and nothing but a sunny, cold day, the game proceeded as usual. Villanova won 13-8 over Georgetown; thanks to a big third quarter that included seven straight goals by the Wildcats. The onslaught of goals in the third quarter propelled the Wildcats to victory.
Georgetown drew first blood off of a goal by Devon Lewis with 10:19 left in the first quarter. Villanova would tie it up shortly after. From there, it was a stalemate for the rest of the first quarter. Both teams could not find the back of the net, possession of the ball went back and forth but no damage was dealt. Georgetown was finally able to break the stalemate early in the second quarter, making it 2-1.
Enter Villanova’s Tim Mulrenan.
Mulrenan scored off of the feed from Jack Curran to tie it up once again. Later in the quarter, Wildcats’ John LoCascio forced a turnover on defense and then assisted Mulrenan for another goal to put Villanova in front. Mulrenan did not stop there. He struck again for a third goal, completing the hat trick and giving Villanova a 4-2 lead with 2:15 left in the first half. The lead would hold into halftime.
Georgetown came bursting out of the gate to start of the second half. A pair of goals in the opening minutes by Reilly O’Connor and Jeff Fountain tied the game up once again. It did not last for long, as it took the Wildcats less than a minute to score again. Johnny Galloway scored off of the assist by Devin McNamara. It was the beginning of a series of goals by the Wildcats. In less than two minutes after the first goal by Galloway, Villanova produced two more goals to put them up 7-4. Galloway would quickly find the back of the net shortly after his first goal. Mulrenan followed it up with his fourth and final goal of the game. His four goals in one game marks a new career high for the sophomore. The Hoyas called a time out after Mulrenan’s fourth goal, but the Villanova offensive effort did not take any breaks. Following the time out, four different Wildcats would score, bringing Villanova to an 11-4 lead over the Hoyas. Georgetown’s Peter Conley would finally score with just six seconds left on the clock for the third quarter. The Hoyas went 10:19 without a goal, and it cost them.
In the fourth quarter, Georgetown outscored Villanova 3-2, but it did not matter. The seven unanswered goals during the third quarter were just too much for Georgetown to overcome. It was what Villanova needed to win.
Villanova improves to 2-0 in conference play and 3-5 overall record. They well head on the road to take on #17 Penn State this Saturday, March 29. The game will begin at 2 p.m.