Lehigh Upsets No. 9 Villanova in Double Overtime

To tie the game, senior Bryan McCartney (Doylestown, Pa.) forced a turnover behind the VU net which led to a fast break goal by Webber with 1:43 left to play in regulation. Webber's tally sent the game into overtime and gave the Wildcats a fighting chance to bring home their third consecutive win.

The first four minutes of overtime favored Villanova in shots by a 2-0 margin, while both teams were even with two turnovers apiece. The Wildcats also successfully defended a 30 second Lehigh man-up scenario.

Villanova got the first good look and shot of the second overtime period, but a Dan Carr save prevented the Villanova celebration. Lehigh's Dante Fantoni provided the game-winning goal for the Hawks with 1:24 remaining in the second overtime off an unassisted play. His four-goal performance for the night led the team for Lehigh.

Villanova dominated in nearly every category for the night, including shots (43-34), ground balls (31-29) and face offs (22-33). Sophomore Nolan Vihlen (Germantown, Tenn.) had one of his best performances of the season by winning 66% of face-offs for the evening and collecting eight ground balls.

Defensively, juniors Chris Ficke (Madison, N.J) and Brian Karalunas (Dewitt, N.Y.) combined for nine ground balls and five caused turnovers. Freshman Billy Hurley (Morristown, N.J.) tallied seven saves for the evening in cage for VU.

Lehigh's Carr is credited with the victory and posted 19 saves for the Mountain Hawks.

The Wildcats will look to rebound back into BIG EAST action this coming Sunday when they travel to Piscataway, N.J. for a date with the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET at Yurcak Field.

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2010-04-21



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