Duke vs. Villanova
March 14, 2003
The Game Story:
DURHAM, N.C. -- Kevin Cassese scored an unassisted goal with 1:16 remaining in the fourth period to lift eighth-ranked Duke past Villanova, 6-5, in men's collegiate lacrosse action on Friday night in Durham, N.C.

The Blue Devils improve to 6-1 while the Wildcats fall to 3-1.

Duke opened the scoring just 29 seconds into the contest when Kevin Brennan found the back of the net on a pass from Matt Monfett. Villanova answered at the 11:35 mark on Marc Creegan's goal from Brian Marks. Matt Rewkowski then spearheaded a 3-0 Duke spurt with a goal and two assists in a one minute, 25-second span to give the Blue Devils a 4-1 advantage on Bret Thompson's goal with 6:16 remaining in the opening quarter. Villanova's Dave Cacciabeve scored an extra man goal from Marks with 1:11 left in the period to pull the Wildcats to within 4-2 after one quarter.

After a scoreless second quarter, Villanova scored three goals in just under six minutes to take a 5-4 lead. Creegan posted back-to-back goals, both on assists from Marks, at 6:36 and 2:42 of the period before Cacciabeve's unassisted tally with 55 seconds left in the quarter put the Wildcats on top.

Duke responded in the fourth period, knotting the game at 5-5 when Hardaker put home a rebound shot by Cassese which was saved by Villanova goalkeeper Joseph Canuso. Following an exchange of possessions, Cassese secured a loose ball in front of the Villanova net after a shot by Monfett and scored to put Duke ahead to stay. The Wildcats regained possession, but turned the ball over with 30 seconds remaining and Duke was able to run out the clock.

Rewkowski led the Duke attack with three points on one goal and two assists while Hardaker tallied a pair of goals. Creegan recorded three goals for Villanova while Marks dished out four assists.

Canuso was credited for 10 saves while Duke's A.J. Kincel made eight saves.

Duke travels to face North Carolina on Wedneday at 7:30 p.m. Villanova hosts St. Joesph's on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.