Villanova Rallies Past Georgetown to Earn Road Victory

WASHINGTON Georgetown (4-6, 1-1 Big East) could not keep pace with Villanova's (3-6, 2-0 Big East) offense in the second half, as they were outscored 6-2 on the way to an 8-6 loss to the Wildcats on Wednesday evening at Multi-Sport Field in front of a national audience on ESPNU.

Sophomore attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) scored two goals and had one assist, while senior attack Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta/The Hill Academy) had two goals in the loss. Redshirt sophomore Jake Haley (Grasonville, Md./Queen Anne's County) made 13 saves, but took the loss, as GU was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

After Villanova's John Kluh scored the game's first goal, Comeau converted the Hoyas man-up situation with a highlight-worthy goal for the ESPNU audience, tying the game at one goal apiece. Redshirt junior Zac Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully) scored just over a minute later on an assist from O'Connor.

Sophomore midfielder Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) added another 29-seconds later on the first of Charles McCormick's (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) two assists, as GU took a 3-1 lead. The Wildcats answered with a fast break goal by Mark Jackson, as GU ended the first quarter with a 3-2 lead.

The Hoyas were outshot, 10-6, in the second quarter, but Haley made six saves and Comeau scored the lone goal of the quarter with 2:26 left, as Georgetown took a 4-2 lead into halftime.

O'Connor opened the third quarter with a goal on an assist from Stafford to take a three-goal lead, the largest by either team during the game. Villanova responded quickly, as Jack Rice started a three-goal run by the Wildcats, eventually tying the score at five goals apiece with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter.

O'Connor ended Villanova's run with 2:10 remaining in the third, but it would be the Hoyas last goal, as Villanova used a 3-0 fourth quarter advantage to win, 8-6.

Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, April 6 when they travel to Bethpage, N.Y. to take on Big East rival St. John's.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. Led by the standout performances of freshman John Kluh (Lothian, Md.) and junior John LoCascio (Farifield, N.J.), the Villanova Wildcats (3-6, 2-0) posted an 8-6 victory over Georgetown (4-6, 1-1) at Multi-Sport Field. With the win, Villanova remains undefeated in Big East action, while Georgetown falls to 1-1 in the conference.

In a game where the Wildcats were held scoreless for 26:01 to bridge the first and third quarters and were trailing the Hoyas going into the final stanza, Villanova tied the game with 13:34 remaining at 6-6 and netted the game-winning goal with 8:50 remaining to solidify the contest.

Kluh led Villanova with three goals and one assist while LoCascio matched a career-high with nine ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Doherty notched the game-winning goal off a defensive transition with an assist by junior Remington Pope (Boston, Mass.) to give the Wildcats a one-goal lead at 7-6 with 8:50 remaining. Senior Will Casertano (Millbrook, N.Y.) added a final insurance score with 2:31 left on the clock for a two-goal cushion off an Eric Gartner (Malvern, Pa.) and solidify the contest 8-6 in favor of Villanova.

In a back-and-forth third quarter where the Hoyas and Wildcats traded goals, Villanova broke their scorless streak at the 9:40 mark when Kluh found an open Jack Rice (Baltimore, Md.) for the score and closed the Georgetown lead to 5-3 to begin the VU comeback. Kluh notched his second goal of the game at the 8:41 mark when he dodged the GU defense to find a seam in the Hoya defense, and junior Kevin O'Neil (Cockeysville, Md.) tied the game at 5-5 just over five minutes later to continue the Wildcat scoring streak.

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