Saint Joseph's vs. Villanova
February 24, 2002
The Game Story:
PHILADELPHIA, PA (2/24/02) - The Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse team was tormented by the Villanova Wildcats Sunday afternoon during the Hawks season home opener. Junior Chris Spay led the way for SJU scoring three goals while assisting two others. Senior Peter Franchetti scored four goals for the Wildcats en route to the 19-7 win.

Villanova's David Cacciabeve jumped out in the third minute to give the Wildcats a quick 1-0 lead. As unassisted goal by Owen Corso in the 14th minute gave Villanova a 6-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

The Hawks went into a zone defense in the second quarter slowing down the Wildcat attack as Villanova only scored one goal in the 15 minute period. Saint Joseph's Matt Mueller scored the first and only goal of the half for the Hawks in the 18th minute. The Wildcats led the half 7-1.

Villanova blew the game out in the third quarter, outscoring Saint Joseph's 6-0 to take a 13-1 lead. Franchetti scored his third goal of the game at the 8 minute mark and then assisted on a Marc Creegan goal 30 seconds later to close out the quarter.

Saint Joseph's received a spark from junior Matt Durkin as he scored an unassisted goal 14 seconds into the final quarter. Alex Heidenberger responded two minutes later finding the back of the net off a feed from Spay. Spay then continued on, scoring three goals in a five minute period to lift the Hawks by six goals. It wasn't enough as Villanova went on a run as the Wildcats also scored six goals en route to a 19-7 win.

Freshman goalie Dan Morrissey protected the net for the Hawks turning away 12 shots.

Saint Joseph's, now 0-2 on the season will face neighboring Pennsylvania, Tuesday , March 5 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be held on Finnesey Field.