Lafayette vs. Villanova
February 17, 2007
The Game Story:
EASTON, Pa. - A cold February afternoon at Rappolt Field provided the backdrop for the Lafayette men's lacrosse team's first game of the 2007 season, but the Leopards came up on the short end of a back-and-forth 8-5 decision versus Villanova on Saturday. Junior attack Andrew Horton kicked off the season by tallying a goal and an assist in the non-conference affair.

Villanova's Andy German put the Wildcats on the board with his first of three goals on the day, scoring unassisted less than two minutes into the game. Senior co-captain Trevor Ortolano proceeded to score Lafayette's first goal of the year on a pass from sophomore middy Joe Howard less than a minute later. The Wildcats netted two more goals to go ahead 3-1 after the first quarter.

The Leopards got back to work, scoring back-to-back goals, the second off sophomore attack John Galassi with 2:26 left in the half, knotting the score at 3-all. The tie did not last long, however, as the Wildcats netted their fourth goal of the day less than 10 seconds later.

Junior defenseman Mat Burke found Horton with 12:08 remaining in the third period, as Lafayette again evened the score at 4-4. However, Villanova owned the ensuing four straight goals, two in each of the third and fourth quarters, to seal the win. Lafayette sophomore Ray Shalley registered his first goal of the season with 13:15 remaining in the game to cut the deficit to 8-5. Neither team was able to find the net after Shalley's goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jeff Canfield played all 60 minutes for the Leopards and finished with 14 saves.

Freshmen Brett Djaha, Cane Napolitano, Steve Serling, Chris Prud'homme and Stewart Inman saw their first collegiate action. Napolitano was 3-for-6 on face-offs.

Lafayette remains at home to take on Navy, ranked No. 9 by US Lacrosse Magazine, in the Patriot League opener for both clubs. The teams will face-off next Saturday at 1 p.m.