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Lacrosse roundup (March 3): Cuccinello's career day lifts Villanova

From Sun staff reports

Christian Cuccinello had a career high seven goals to lead No. 7 Villanova to a 13-12 victory at Delaware Saturday. The Wildcats moved to 5-0 for the first time in program history. The Blue Hens fell to 3-1.

A game that saw six ties took until the final minutes to be decided.

Delaware took a 3-1 lead in the first before Devin McNamara (Loyola Blakefield) and Connor Kirst each scored for a 3-3 tie with 2:39 left in the first quarter. Cuccinello scored twice over the final minute of the second quarter for a 6-6 tie.

Villanova netted two goals in the final minute of the third quarter to tie it up at 10. Danny Seibel scored seconds in the fourth quarter to give Villanova a 11-10 lead but the Blue Hens' answered back. Dean DiSimone (five goals) scored twice to put Delaware ahead 12-11.

Villanova' switched goalies then and had sophomore Michael Toomey step in for the final 10 minutes. He had two big saves to stop the Delaware offense.

Cuccinello scored the last two goals of the game. He posted his sixth goal at 9:57 and then the game winner at 7:30.

Cornell at No. 1 Albany , ppd.: The game between the host Great Danes (2-0 and the Big Red (1-1) has been moved to today at 1 p.m. because of weather conditions.

No. 3 Duke 14, Richmond 4: Justin Guterding scored a game-high six goals to lead the host Blue Devils (5-1) past the Spiders (2-3). Duke trailed 2-1 after the first quarter, but answered with an 8-0 run in the second quarter.

No. 5 Denver 13, Furman 8: Ethan Walker and Colton Jackson each scored four goals to lead the visiting Pioneers (3-1) past the Paladins (0-5).

No. 10 North Carolina 9, St. John's 8: William Perry scored the game-winner with 6.8 seconds left to play and lifted the host Tar Heels (6-0) over the Red Storm (2-2).

Tar Heels head coach Joe Breschi got his 200th career win. He won 92 games in his 11 seasons at Ohio State (1997-2008) and Saturday's win was his 108th in 10 seasons with the Tar Heels.

No. 11 Yale 11, Bryant 8: Brody Wilson made 10 saves and visiting Yale (3-1) beat Bryant (2-4). Ben Reeves had four goals for Yale. Yale used a 3-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull away. Jackson Morrill (McDonogh) scored twice during the run.

No. 13 Army WP 13, Lafayette 4: AJ Barretto (St. Paul's) had nine saves and the Black Knights (4-1, 1-0 Patriot League) caused 11 turnovers to beat the host Leopards (2-4, 0-2). Army opened with a 7-0 lead and were never threatened.

Penn State 10, No. 14 Penn 7: The visiting Nittany Lions (3-2) were down 4-0 before going on a 7-0 run and upsetting the Quakers (2-2). Penn State was led by Nick Spillane, Mac O'Keefe and Dylan Foulds all with two goals each.

No. 15 Rutgers 10, Brown 8: The Scarlet Knights (4-1) were down 4-1 before rallying to win. The Bears fell to 1-2. Jules Heningburg had two goals and two assists for Rutgers.

No. 16 Vermont 11, Jacksonville 10, OT: Ian MacKay scored the game-winner 25 seconds into the overtime to lift the Catamounts (6-0) over the Dolphins (2-4) at Severn.

MacKay has 126 career goals and has passed Drew Philie '13 for second all-time in program history.

No. 17 Georgetown at Hofstra , ppd.: The game between the Hoyas (4-0) and host Pride (1-2) was postponed because of weather conditions and travel difficulties. A makeup date has not been announced.

Women

No. 6 Florida 17, No. 3 North Carolina 10: Haley Hicklen ( Towson ) set a school single-game record by making a career-high 16 saves for the visiting Gators (4-1), who opened with a 4-0 run and upset the Tar Heels (3-2). Pirreca Shayna and Lindsey Ronbeck combined to score 11 goals, six and five, respectively, for Florida.

Marie McCool had four goals for North Carolina.

No. 1 Stony Brook 15, No. 10 Northwestern 10: Ally Kennedy had four goals and the visiting Seawolves stayed perfect at 4-0. The Wildcats fell to 4-2. Stony Brook took a 6-3 lead and held off Northwestern. Taryn Ohlmiller had two goals and four assists and sister Kylie had three goals and two assists for the Seawolves.

No. 5 James Madison 19, Temple 7: Kristen Gaudian had a game-high five goals to lead the visiting Dukes (5-0) past the Owls (3-3). JMU went on a 10-4 run in the second half.

No. 12 Penn 11, Cornell 4:Mikaila Cheesman made 10 saves, seven in the first half, to help the visiting Quakers (4-0, 1-0 Ivy League) beat the Big Red (1-2, 0-1). Zoe Belodeau and Gabby Rosenzweig each had a hat trick for Penn.

No. 16 Princeton 12, Brown 10: Kyla Sears had a career-high six goals to lead the visiting Tigers (3-1, 1-0 Ivy) past the Bears (2-2, 0-1). Princeton opened with a 4-0 run and led 6-3 at the half.

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