Hofstra vs. Villanova
April 29, 2009
The Game Story:
Hempstead, N.Y - Villanova advanced to the CAA Championship game after a 9-7 win over top seeded Hofstra Wednesday. The Wildcats received four goals form senior Matthew Fritts (Dallas, Tex.) who has 23 goals on the season.

Villanova opened the game strong with two early goals from Fritts (Dallas, Tex.) to go up 2-1 at the end of the first quarter. The first came at the 10:51 mark with an assist from freshman Kevin Cunningham (Garden City, N.J.). Fritts' second goal was an unassisted shot down the middle.

The Pride responded with a three goals to open the second quarter. Two came from the CAA's leading scorer Jay Card and one from Brad Loizeaux for Hofstra to take a 4-2 lead.

Wildcat senior Tim Driscoll (Montville, N.J.) answered with his own goal. The team's leading scorer recorded his 25th goal of 2009 at the 3:30 mark. With an assist by senior Chris MacDonald (Westfield, N.J.), the goal brought Villanova within one to end the half.

For the second tie of the game, Fritts notched his third goal of the game less than two minutes into the second half. Cunningham's assist on the play was his second of the contest.

Down 6-4 after two Hofstra goals, Villanova freshman C.J. Small (San Diego, Calif.) recorded his 12th game of the year. Assisted by MacDonald, the goal came with :35 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

The Pride scored to go up by two, but Villanova would not go down without a fight. The Wildcats answered with four straight goals to take a two goal lead. Fritts, Driscoll, Cunningham and sophomore Mike Brennan (Manhasset, N.Y.) each notched goals to put them up 9-7 to win the game.

Senior goalkeeper Andrew DiLoreto showed why he is one of the best in the country. He recorded 11 saves in the game holding the Pride to only seven goals while earning the win. DiLoreto now has 131 saves on the season.

For the first time since 2004 the Wildcats will be playing in the CAA Championship game. Villanova will take on the winner of No. 2 Towson/No. 3 Drexel Saturday.