Villanova vs. Delaware
April 14, 2007
The Game Story:
Villanova, Pa. - The Fightin' Blue Hens scored seven goals in the last 15 minutes of play to clinch a 19-18 victory over the Wildcats in the Villanova Stadium. Villanova (5-6, 1-3 CAA) held the advantage in total shots 53-35, but Delaware (7-5, 2-2 CAA) goalies Tommy Scherr and Warren Mayberry combined to register 19 saves to hold off the Wildcats.

Delaware's Adam Zuder-Haven, who eventually finished with four goals, notched the game-tying goal with 6:06 remaining in the fourth period to make the game even at 18-18. About three minutes later, Curtis Dickson sealed the win off a pass from Jordan Hall to give the Fightin' Blue Hens the final 19-18 edge.

After three lead changes within the first period, Villanova took control of the game with just over two minutes left in the second. Senior Eric Heidenberger, who finished with three goals and one assist, collected a pass from classmate Mike Haas to put the Wildcats ahead 9-8. Freshman Mark Scioscia and junior Chris MacDonald added goals of their own to extend Villanova's lead to 11-8 after starting the third period.

Villanova expanded their lead to as many as five goals over the course of the third period. MacDonald scored two more goals, while Haas, Andy German, and Matthew Fritts all added one each to put Villanova up 16-11 at the 1:21 mark. Although the Wildcats continued to hold the advantage throughout most of the remainder of the game, the shift in momentum occurred with just three seconds left in the third period. Delaware's Jordan Hall collected an unassisted goal, igniting a three-goal scoring streak, which took place in a span of 30 seconds to bring the Fightin' Blue Hens to within two goals at 16-14.

Heidenberger and junior Tim Aktins attempted to maintain Villanova's lead with goals in the fourth period. However, Delaware scored four more goals to tie and surpass the Wildcats to take a 19-18 conference victory.

Villanova had nine different players combine to create the Wildcat's highest goal-scoring game of this season. The `Cats were led by MacDonald who finished with four goals. Heidenberger followed with three, while German, Haas, and Eric Webber all registered two goals. Scioscia, Matt Panneton, Richard Lyons, and Matthew Fritts all added a goal each.

The Wildcats remain at home all next week as they host Lehigh on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. followed by conference opponent Robert Morris on Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Villanova Stadium.