No. 13 Villanova Gets Big East Road Victory at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 7, 2012) Rutgers 's comeback against No. 13 Villanova brought the game to a 12-9 gridlock midway through the fourth period on Saturday at Yurcak Field, but the Scarlet Knights could not seize control of the contest, falling by a final score of 14-9. Senior A Michael Diehl (Flemington, N.J.) had a career day with a personal-best four goals for his second hat trick as a Scarlet Knight.

Rutgers, led by first-year head coach Brian Brecht, dropped to 5-6 (1-3 Big East) with the result, while Villanova improved to 7-4 (3-0 Big East).

From the beginning of the second half into the fourth period, a rejuvenated RU offensive attack pulled the Scarlet Knights back within striking distance. A 7-1 run, including Diehl's contributions, tightened the RU-VU contest to a three-goal margin with 8:16 remaining in the contest. Diehl started the scoring in the third period with an unassisted goal at the 13:15 mark. Klimchak got into the goal column off an assist from senior A Kevin Hover (Belle Mead, N.J.) after VU's only third period goal, setting the score at 12-4 in favor of the Wildcats with 7:50 left in the period.

Three more third period goals followed for the Scarlet Knights, with senior co-captain M Will Mangan (Maplewood, N.J) scoring at 6:31 and Diehl netting his second and third goals with 2:55 and 23 seconds left. Senior A Jonathan Lefferts (Moorestown, N.J.) assisted Diehl's third score.

Klimchak notched his second goal off a helping feed from sophomore M Joseph Stottler (Wantagh, N.J.) at 10:49 in the fourth quarter. The fourth goal from Diehl brought the score to 12-9. The two battling squads' closed down on defense to finish the game, with Villanova added two open net goals to set the final score of 14-9. The Wildcats were led by junior Jack Rice's three goals and senior Kevin Cunningham's four points (two goals, two assists.)

Sophomore G Stevn Lusby (Severna Park, Md.) made seven saves in between the pipes, but allowed 10 goals to take the loss (2-3). Junior G Joseph Donnelly (Union Sq., Pa.) also saw action in the game. Mangan led RU with four ground balls, while redshirt sophomore M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.), senior co-captain M Zachary Zenda (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) and redshirt sophomore Christopher Zybrick (Kinnelon, N.J.) tied for the team-lead with two caused turnovers apiece.

The contest's stellar second half came after the squad yielded a first half advantage of 11-2 to the visiting Wildcats. Sophomore A Nick DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J.) netted RU's two goals of the opening half, assisted both times by Klimchak.

Rutgers continues at Princeton on Tuesday, April 10, with action set to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Class of 1952 Stadium.

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Piscataway, N.J. No. 13 Villanova (7-4, 3-0) got out to a 11-2 lead at halftime and never looked back as the Wildcats handily defeated Rutgers (5-6, 1-3) 14-9 at Yurcak Field on Saturday afternoon. With the win, Villanova remains undefeated in Big East competition as they handed the Scarlet Knights their third consecutive loss in as many years.

Senior Kevin Cunningham (Garden City, N.Y.) lead the team with four points via two goals and two assists while sophomore John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) posted a game-high seven ground balls and four caused turnovers. Freshman Eric Gartner (Malvern, Pa.) and Mike Francia (Wilton, Conn.) posted their first career goals while junior Paul Mita (Berwyn, Pa.) and freshman Ryan DeSimone (Saint James, N.Y.) notched their first career assists in the victory.

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