Villanova vs. Drexel
April 26, 2008
The Game Story:
VILLANOVA, Pa. - On Senior Night at Villanova Stadium, Villanova (5-9, 3-3 CAA) was defeated 10-7 by No. 16 Drexel (12-3, 5-1 CAA) on Saturday night in the final game of the regular season. The meeting was the first of two in a row between the Wildcats and Dragons, who will meet at Drexel on Wednesday night in a CAA semifinal game. Villanova is the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament, while Drexel clinched the top seed and a share of the regular season title with Hofstra.

In Saturday's game, the Dragons led 8-1 midway through the third quarter before settling on the final margin. The Wildcats scored the final three goals of the game in the last 5:28 but the three-goal margin was as close as the team got in the second half. Drexel scored two goals in each of the first two periods to lead 4-1 at halftime and scored the first four goals of the second half.

Junior Tim Driscoll (Montville, N.J.) scored a team-high four goals to lead Villanova and sophomore Paul Webber (Manhasset, N.Y.) added three assists. Freshman Mike Brennan (Manhasset, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist for the Wildcats.

Both teams ran an efficient offense throughout the game, as the Dragons were successful on all 11 of their clearing attempts and Villanova went 10-for-10 on its own attempts. Drexel owned a narrow 30-24 edge in shots but won 15-of-20 face-off opportunities in the game to control the possessions in the contest.

Villanova got on the board with 5:55 left in the second period when Driscoll scored his first goal off a feed from Webber. The tally marked the first of three times in the game that Webber assisted on a goal scored by Driscoll. Brennan assisted on Driscoll's other tally while senior Matt Panneton (Niskayuna, N.Y.) and freshman Chris Aitken (Haverford, Pa.) each added a goal for the Wildcats. Sophomore Mark Scioscia (East Hampton, N.Y.) added an assist.

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Each team also got strong play from its goalkeepers, as junior Andrew DiLoreto (Wilton, Conn.) had 12 saves for Villanova and Bruce Bickford made 10 stops for the Dragons. Bickford saved 10 of the 17 Wildcat shots on goal in the contest and DiLoreto stopped 12-of-22 Drexel shots on goal.

Adam Dennis led the Dragons with four goals and Colin Ambler had three assists.

Villanova honored its eight graduating seniors in a ceremony prior to the start of the game. In addition to Panneton, the other seniors honored included Tim Atkins (West Chester, Pa.), Eric Bloom (Denver, Colo.), Timmy Campbell (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Jay Foley (Montauk, N.Y.), Ryan Holloway (Malvern, Pa.), Chris MacDonald (Westfield, N.J.) and Tommy Magee (Toronto, Ontario).