Towson vs. Villanova
April 13, 2002
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. - Towson used a 6-0 run to erase a 3-goal deficit and then held on as the Tigers (4-4, 2-2) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 12-10 victory over Villanova (3-6, 1-3) Saturday afternoon in a Colonial Athletic Association contest.

Villanova enjoyed an early 4-1 lead. When a Mike Holloway (Malvern Prep/Malvern, Pa.) goal gave the Wildcats a 6-4 lead with 7:17 remaining in the second quarter, Towson made a goalie change, relieving freshman Reed Sothoron (St. Mary's Ryken/Lexington Park, Md.) with sophomore John Hunt (Christian Brothers Academy/St. Louis, Mo.). Hunt closed the quarter with 5 saves which seemed to slow down the Villanova attack. He finished the game with 11 saves and allowed only 4 goals the rest of the way.

With Villanova on top 8-5 late in the third period, Towson's Brad Monaco (Orhcard Park H.S./West Seneca, N.Y.) picked up a loose ball off a Sean Philbin (Gonzaga H.S./Annapolis, Md.) save and scored to start the Tigers on their decisive 6-0 run. After Josh Cornett (Severna Park H.S./Severna Park, Md.) scored for Towson, the CAA's leading scorer, Kyle Campbell (Mt. Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) got hot, scoring the next three goals on the crease with nifty assists from Brad Reppert (Loyola H.S./Lutherville, Md.) and Ryan Obloj (Farmingdale H.S./Farmingdale, N.Y.). Cornett finished the run on a screamer from out front for an 11-8 Towson lead with 7:39 left to play.

Villanova fought back, getting goals from Richie Kratz (Delbarton H.S./Succasunna, N.J.) and Matt Lucas (Paul VI/Fairfax, Va.) within a 29-second span but two costly penalties stemmed Villanova's momentum. Peyton Chane (Loyola Academy/Lake Bluff, Ill.) ended the scoring on an extra man goal with 28 seconds remaining in the game.

Campbell paced Towson with 4 goals. Holloway led Villanova with 4. Towson's Zak Smith (Skaneateles H.S./Skaneateles, N.Y.) won 19 of 24 faceoffs, giving Towson numerous offensive opportunities. Philbin went the distance in the nets for the Wildcats, making 16 saves. Villanova's leading point man, Brian Marks (Downington H.S./Glenmore, Pa.) who had 15 points in his last three games, was checked for just one goal. Towson's man-down defense played well, holding Villanova to two goals on five extra man opportunities. The Wildcats entered the game as the nation^s top man-up offense with a .531 success rate.

Towson is back in action again this Wednesday night when the Tigers travel to UMBC for a 7:00 p.m. date with the Retrievers. Villanova hosts Lafayette at 7:00 p.m. this Tuesday.