Both Wildcats Lacrosse Teams Fall in the Big East Semifinals
May 6, 2021 –
It was a tough night for the Villanova lacrosse teams as they were both defeated in the conference semifinal round games. The season ends for the women’s team. The men’s team awaits their NCAA Tournament fate hoping for an at-large bid.
Women’s Lacrosse – #1 Denver Pioneers 16 Villanova Wildcats 9
The Wildcats faced Denver for the third consecutive time, and fell again 16 – 9 in the semifinal round of the BIg East Tournament. Denver moves on to play for the conference championship. They will play the winner of the #3 Georgetown vs. #2 UConn matchup. The games are being played on Cooper Field on the campus of Georgetown University.
Villanova took a 4 – 3 lead at 11:23 of the first half on a goal by Libby McKenna. The top seeded Pioneers answered scoring the next three goals, two by Eliza Radochonski, who netted 6 in the game. The Wildcats stayed in contention, but could not put a run together to significantly cut into the deficit. After taking the lead the Cats did not score back-to-back goals.
Brittany Bruno turned in a 5-point performance scoring 3 goals and handing out 2 assists. Caroline Curnal scored three times and won 6 draw controls. Katie Cumerford recorded 2 goals and an assist. Sydney Frank had the better of the draw 6 times. Villanova led 17 – 10 in that aspect.
Radochonski also posted and assist. Bea Behrins had 3 goals. Kailey Conroy dished out 5 assists while Hannah Liddy handed out 4.
The Wildcats finish the season with a 6 – 11 record.
Men’s Lacrosse – #2 Georgetown Hoyas 14 #3 Villanova Wildcats 12
The expectation was for this game to be a battle. It lived up to expectations. After three quarters of play the score was deadlocked at eight apiece. In the fourth quarter the game was knotted at 12 at the 8 minute mark. Neither team could pull ahead and stay there. The last four and a half minutes belonged to the Hoyas. T.J. Haley and Nicky Petkevich scored within a minute and six seconds of each other. Georgetown held on for the next 3:33 for a 14 – 12 victory. The Hoyas advance to the championship game against Denver on Saturday in Providence.
Attackman Keegan Kahn scored a game-high 5 goals for the Cats. Fellow attack Corey McManus and midfielder Eric Overbay added two goals each. Petkevich and Declan McDermott recorded a hat trick for the Hoyas.
Villanova outshot Georgetown 44 – 39 and had a 29 – 21 edge in shots on goal. Hoyas goalie Owen McElroy came up big making 17 saves. Wildcats netminder Will Vitton saved 7 shots.
The Wildcats record stands at 7 – 5 and are on the tournament bubble.
Written By: Glenn Papazian