The above photograph is what we were hoping for. Monday night/Tuesday’s lack of exposure to Winter Storm Juno provided a big letdown to students, who anticipated the arrival of a snow day. Forecasts and reports discussing the arrival of a foot of snow ended up being incorrect, providing a big letdown. A day off seemed so imminent and guaranteed over the weekend, but by Tuesday alerts of a delayed opening were sent out instead. As with all consolation prizes, they’re never as fun or rewarding as the real deal. Some students are still recovering from the shock, but I can guarantee an eventful week (a cold one too!) of Villanova sports coming up:
Warming Up The Car:
Men’s lacrosse, water polo, and women’s tennis are getting their first taste of action in 2015. They will all have a chance to shake off the rust. However, the men’s lacrosse team will be engaging in preseason play while the other two get the season started. Men’s lacrosse will host the Stony Brook Seawolves this Saturday, January 31st. The Seawolves finished last season at 6-10, putting up a brilliant last stand against Albany in the America East Conference Tournament. Stony Brook lost 17-16 in overtime to the Great Danes. Water Polo is heading over to Iona College in New Rochelle, NY for a mini tournament on Sunday, February 1st. They will play Harvard at 11:30 a.m., then take on Iona at 2:45 p.m. As for the women’s tennis team, they will have a very busy weekend. They have not competed since October and will be playing from Friday to Sunday. Villanova has Longwood, Liberty, and Navy waiting for them this weekend, each on consecutive days.
Home and Away Meets:
The Villanova women’s swimming & diving team will host the Richmond Spiders this Friday, January 30, at 12 p.m. This will be their second head-to-head meet of the year, losing earlier this month to N.C. State. The men’s team will not be competing in this meet. The Villanova track & field team will be heading over to Penn State for two days of competitions on Friday and Saturday. Both the men’s and women’s teams have been enjoying successful seasons so far. The women’s team has finished in first place for all team meets so far and the men’s team has finished top ten in all of their meets. Last week’s Gotham Cup went well for both parties involved, and now they will be tested in Penn State.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams have finished their first cycle of Big East play. They will now go around the conference playing opponents for a second time. The women’s team will travel to Marquette for a Friday night game. The last time those two teams met, Villanova won comfortably. They will then venture into Chicago for a game with DePaul. The men’s team will be doing the opposite. The Wildcats will hit the road to play DePaul on Saturday, January 31st, at 2 p.m. Villanova handled DePaul easily at home, but they might not have as easy of a time on the road. The Wildcats will return home to host Marquette next Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Villanova Athletics is currently hosting a promotion for Wildcat fans, offering buy one get one free tickets for the Marquette game.