The recent series between Towson and Villanova has been tightly contested, with three of the past four meetings decided by one goal. Last night's game was another close one until the Wildcats (5-8, 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association) scored three goals in the fourth quarter to break a 4-4 tie and post their first victory over the Tigers, 7-4.
Sophomore attackman Paul Webber scored three goals and added an assist as Villanova ended a 16-game losing streak against Towson.
Led by Webber, the Wildcats scored three consecutive goals to take a 4-2 lead with 8:22 remaining in the third quarter. He scored two goals and had an assist during the spurt.
Senior Jonathan Engelke's second goal of the game with 12 seconds remaining in the third quarter tied it at 4.
Junior attackman Tim Driscoll gave the Wildcats a 5-4 lead less than five minutes into the fourth quarter by converting a feed from freshman Mike Brennan that sparked a three-goal surge. With 5:29 left, sophomore attackman Mark Scioscia built the Wildcats' lead to 6-4 with an unassisted goal before junior Tim Langan added an insurance goal with 4:17 left.
"Villanova did a great job on their possessions, and we didn't do a good job on ours," Towson coach Tony Seaman said. "I thought their defense played well and their goalie made saves. When he didn't make saves, the pipes made them for him. That was pretty much the story of the game."
Webber led the Wildcats with four points, and Driscoll added a pair of goals. Andrew DiLoreto made 12 saves for the Wildcats, who were outshot 35-19.
Engelke led the Tigers with two goals in a losing effort. With 108 career goals, he has tied Matt Clune for third on the Tigers' career goals list.
No. 2 Syracuse 10, Albany 5 -- The host Orangemen recorded their ninth straight victory with the win over Albany in front of an announced 5,420 at the Carrier Dome. Senior attackman Mike Leveille totaled three points on three goals in the win. Senior midfielder Steven Brooks and junior attackman Kenny Nims also recorded three points on two goals and an assist. Senior attackman Greg Niewieroski added two goals. John Galloway totaled 14 saves, one shy of matching his career best, in the win. The Syracuse defense surrendered less than 10 goals for the 10th time this season, including eight of the last nine.
No. 1 Northwestern 14, Johns Hopkins 12 -- The visiting Blue Jays (6-8, 0-2 American Lacrosse Conference) came close but could not upset the top-ranked Wildcats (14-0, 4-0) in a rematch of last season's ALC title game. Johns Hopkins' Kadie Stamper scored on all five of her shot attempts.
Mount St. Mary's 15, Long Island 7 -- The Mountaineers escaped a late deficit to defeat the Blackbirds. Long Island (3-12, 2-5 Northeast Conference) jumped out to the lead, scoring the first two goals in the opening 10:11. Kalata scored LIU's first goal 1:41 into the game. Wienckowski added to the lead with a goal at the 19:49 mark to give the Blackbirds a two-goal advantage. Mount St. Mary's (9-7, 5-2) responded with a decisive 8-0 run spanning the first and second periods to take control. Rebecca Douglass scored the first goal of the spurt with 13:27 remaining in the first period. Katelyn Catanese's first of two straight goals gave the Mount the lead for good at 3-2 with 11:45 to play in the half. Douglass' third goal of the day ended the run and stretched the lead to 8-2 with 28:26 to play.