While basketball has just started up, there are still a few other sports wrapping up their seasons. Here’s the lineup for this week:
After keeping its playoff hopes alive, Villanova Football heads down to Harrisonburg, Va., for a game against #12 James Madison. The Dukes enter Saturday with an 8-2 record. They beat Delaware 24-21 last weekend to get back on track after losing back-to-back games against Richmond and William and Mary. Sophomore quarterback Bryan Schor earned his first win as starter after the Vad Lee injury. Schor completed 18-of-32 pass attempts for 193 yards and a touchdown. He also added 82 yards and a rushing touchdown off of 17 carries. The Dukes can get it done on offense without Lee, but last week’s 24-point offensive performance was the lowest of the season. The Wildcats will have another tough task in front of them. Kickoff is this Saturday at 12 p.m.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams will go for their final race of the season this Saturday. They will be racing at the biggest stage, the NCAA National Championships at Louisville, Ky. Both teams were sent through by the committee, as they did not secure an automatic bid. They just missed the cut, with the men’s team finishing third and the women’s team placing fourth. Patrick Tiernan was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year yesterday afternoon. He, along with Jordy Williamsz, Rob Denault, and Harry Warnick will be racers to watch for the men’s team. As for the women’s team, Angel Piccirillo, Bella Burda, and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner have been top performers for them this season.
The women’s volleyball team have a chance to finish the year 12-0, undefeated at home. The Wildcats conclude their regular season this weekend, with home games against Providence and St. John’s. Villanova has faced both teams earlier in the season on the road, beating both rather comfortably. The Wildcats beat Providence three sets to one back on October 14th, and swept the Red Storm a week before on October 7th. It’s safe to pencil Villanova in for wins this weekend, especially with its strong performance at home. The Wildcats are 10-0 at Jake Nevin and have posted six sweeps this season. Villanova takes on Providence on Friday at 5 p.m. The following day will be Senior Night, with festivities taking place just before the 7 p.m. start time.
Dessert Before the Main Course:
The men’s basketball team have a couple of cupcakes on the menu before going up to Brooklyn for the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament. Villanova hosts East Tennessee State on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Buccaneers have put up 100+ points in each of their two regular season games so far. After playing ETSU, the Wildcats will gear up for a Sunday afternoon game against the Akron Zips. The Zips are 3-0 so far this season and will provide tougher competition than ETSU. Akron is fresh off of a stunning 88-80 win over Arkansas. Still, both games should be wins for Villanova, while the tougher teams wait in Brooklyn.
Big Five Opener:
The women’s basketball team opens up Big Five play this Tuesday night with a game against rival St. Joseph’s University. The Wildcats will enter 1-1 after some extended rest. The Hawks dropped their season opener against Rutgers, and will play Seton Hall this weekend before playing Villanova. This will be Villanova’s last game before participating in the Lehigh Thanksgiving Classic.