No. 15 Villanova Gets by Manhattan to Go 7-1

Following in suit, senior attacker Justin Jensen (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) added his team-leading 12th goal of the year to cut the deficit to 3-2 with 9:04 left in the half. Less than one minute later, senior captain Mike Llewellyn (Brookhaven, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) tied the game at 3-all with an unassisted tally at the 8:10 clip of the second quarter.

Swinging momentum back in their favor before break, Villanova got goals by Jack Rice and Small in the final six minutes to take a 5-3 lead into the intermission.

In the third quarter, the Wildcats would build a four-goal lead behind back-to-back scores from Kevin Cunningham to take a 7-3 advantage at the 13:14 mark. Putting together yet another comeback, the Jaspers scored three consecutive goals to trim the deficit to 7-6 with 5:32 remaining in the quarter.

Miranda made it 7-5 Villanova on an unassisted tally before McGrath scored two consecutive goals, one assisted by Llewellyn, to bring them within one.

Exerting tremendous energy to pull back into the contest, it seemed as though the Jaspers peeked just a bit early as they were outscored 3-0 the rest of the way. Villanova's Max Hart and Small each tallied to end the third quarter and Rice added another in the fourth on their way to a hard-fought 10-6 victory.

In net, Billy Hurley made three saves to pick up the victory for the Wildcats. For Manhattan, senior goalkeeper Matt Solomito (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem) was strong, making 11 saves in his second start of the season.

Manhattan returns to action next Saturday when they head to Lexington, Va. to open the 2011 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference season at VMI. Opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m.

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