|FAIRFIELD, Conn., -The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team remains winless in the Colonial Athletic Association after a 17-9 loss to the Villanova Wildcats this afternoon. Villanova came out strong, scoring five goals in the first quarter and allowing only one Pioneer goal, which came right before the buzzer by Ben Giamichael (Cortland, NY) assisted by Ryan Petit (Hainesport, NJ). The Wildcats led 5-1 after one quarter, with goals by Randell Calvert (Ellicott City, MD), Dave Cacciabeve (Boonton Township, NJ), Mike Halloway (Malvern, PA), Matt Lucas (Fairfax, VA), and Brian Marks (Glenmoore, PA).
Second quarter saw a little more Pioneer action, with Mike Robel (Clark, NJ) scoring just 1:17 into the frame from Josh Mathon (Norwich, VT), but the Wildcats answered back with three more goals with two by B. Marks and the third by Lucas. Erick Perez (Locust Valley, NY) added one more for the Pioneers with less than four minutes to go to end the half 8-3 in favor of Villanova.
The Wildcats out-scored the Pioneers 5-2 in the third quarter, with Calvert putting one in just 23 seconds into play. Sacred Heart's Robert Bielawski (Commack, NY) scored only to be answered back by Halloway, Lucas and Marc Creegan (West Babylon, NY). Adam Bezinski (S. Huntington, NY) scored the Pioneers' fifth goal with 2:32 left in the quarter, before Calvert added number 13 for the Wildcats to head into the final quarter.
With a new goaltender in net (Scott Urbineti, Coram, NY), the Pioneers came out rejuvenated, scoring three quick goals in less than two minutes of play. Robel added one goal and assisted on both others, coming from Stephen Grabow (Commack, NY) and Petit. Villanova's B. Marks then assisted two of his own, one from Justin Marks (Glenmoore, PA) and the other from Cacciabeve. TJ Hutmacher (Pearl River, NY) added the Pioneers final goal of the game from Perez before the Wildcats sealed their fate with another pair of goals from Creegan and Halloway.
Sacred Heart falls to 2-5, 0-2 CAA as the Wildcats improve to 3-3, 1-2 CAA. The Pioneers will host the University of Delaware on Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. on Campus Field.