Lehigh vs. Villanova
March 16, 2002
The Game Story:
BETHLEHEM, PA. ----- On Saturday, March 16, the Villanova men's lacrosse team dropped its third straight contest, 11-7, against the host Lehigh Mountain Hawks at the Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, Pa. The Mountain Hawks capitalized on five of their 11 extra-man opportunities, including two man-up goals in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. With the loss, Villanova falls to 1-3 on the year, while Lehigh improves to 2-3 overall.

Senior Mike Holloway (Malvern, Pa./ Malvern Prep) led the Wildcats with three goals in the losing effort. Holloway has now scored at least one goal in nine consecutive games dating back to last season. Villanova junior Brian Marks (Glenmoore, Pa./ Downingtown) recorded his 100th career point in the loss finishing the afternoon with one goal and one assist.

After back-to-back goals from sophomore Matt Lucas (Fairfax, Va./ Pius VI) and freshman Marc Creegan (West Babylon, N.Y./ St. Anthony's) the Wildcats led 4-3 with 4:41 remaining in the opening half.

Lehigh responded by scoring six unanswered goals over the next 12 minutes of play to capture a 9-4 lead with 7:49 left to play in the third quarter. Lehigh senior Tony Lowe (Setauket,N.Y.) and freshman Andrew Lucas (Baldwin, N.Y.) accounted for five of the Mountain Hawks goals during the stretch.

The Wildcats managed to cut the lead to 9-6 with back-to-back goals from Holloway. Holloway netted his second goal of the afternoon in the closing seconds of the third quarter halting Lehigh's run. Sophomore Dave Cacciabeve (Boontown Township, N.J./ Delbarton) assisted on the play. Holloway struck again just under four minutes into the fourth quarter collecting a pass from Marks for his third goal of the afternoon.

Lehigh scored two man-up goals less than one minute apart to extend its lead 11-6 with 9:36 remaining in the contest denying a Wildcat comeback.

Villanova will return to action on Saturday, March 23, when they host Colgate at 12:00 p.m. at Villanova Stadium. The game will be the first of a double-header with the Villanova women's lacrosse team hosting Holy Cross at 3:00 p.m.