Villanova University is back in full swing. Class is session, the students are back, and syllabus week was topped off with a busy weekend for Villanova Athletics.
The End of an Era is Near:
Football head coach Andy Talley announced that he will be retiring at the end of the 2016 season. In his 31 years as the program’s head coach, he compiled a record of 221-133-1. He rebooted the program from scratch in 1984 and has built it into a nationally recognized team in the FCS. He has taken the Wildcats to the NCAA playoffs 11 times, reaching the national semifinals three times and winning it all in 2009. Under his leadership, he has produced an unrivaled three Walter Peyton Award winners, and one Jerry Rice Award recipient. The program has also seen numerous All-American and All-Conference players. Talley’s longtime right hand man, Mark Ferrante, will be taking over the reins of the program after he retires.
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Senior Day Showdown:
The men’s swimming and diving team picked up its second win of the season when they hosted the Providence Friars at home. Five seniors were honored before the meet – Ryan Murtha, Zach Romanovsky, Murphy Smith, Pat Sullivan, and Nikolai Tchobanov. The Wildcats picked up eight first-place wins, seven second-place finishes, and four in third-place, en route to a 122-80 victory over the Friars. Romanovsky qualified for the Big East Championships when he scored 240.15 points in the one-meter diving exhibition. The men’s team resumes action on Saturday, January 23, at 1 p.m. They will travel over to Delaware to take on the Blue Hens.
At the Great Dane Classic on Saturday, Angel Piccirillo led the way for the women’s track & field team with her performance in the 1,000m event. Piccirillo won the event, finishing a few seconds ahead of teammate Siofra Cleirigh Buttner. She also finished a half-second behind the school record for the 1,000m that was previously set by current head coach Gina Procaccio in 1987. Piccirillo clocked in at 2:43.04, just missing Procaccio’s mark of 2:42.68. As for the men’s team, junior Harry Warnick and freshman Harry Purcell won their individual events. Warnick finished at 4:10.21 in the mile, while Purcell posted a finish in the 800m at 1:50.43. The women’s team finished second out of 26 teams. The men’s team placed in sixth out of a field of 19 teams.
Men’s basketball improved to 6-0 in conference play this week with wins over Marquette and rival Georgetown. The Wildcats held off the relentless Golden Eagles with a strong defensive effort down the stretch. Marquette struggled to make its shots in the second half, draining them only 30-percent of the time. On Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats travelled to the Verizon Center to play the Georgetown Hoyas. Last time Villanova was there, the Hoyas blew them out. The same couldn’t be said this time around, as the Wildcats beat the Hoyas 55-50 to improve to 16-2 overall.
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Four in a Row:
The women’s basketball team continued their hot streak this week. Last week, they had an impressive road trip. This week, they followed it up with back-to-back wins at home to increase their winning streak to four games. Villanova improved to 12-6 overall and 6-2 in conference play after beating Seton Hall and St. John’s. In the game against the Pirates, the game was deadlocked at 42 with just over three minutes remaining in the game. Villanova went on to outscore Seton Hall 13-3 for the rest of the game to secure the win. Earlier today, the Wildcats held off the Red Storm to win 58-54. Villanova received double-digit scoring performances from Alex Louin (16), Jordan Dillard (12), and Caroline Coyer (10).