Villanova vs. Fairfield
March 6, 2010
The Game Story:
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In the come from behind victory, sophomore Kevin Cunningham tallied two goals and three assists to lead Villanova (2-1, 0-0) in their second victory of the season over the Fairfield Stags (1-2, 0-0), 8-6, in front of a home crowd of 436. C.J. Small, Matt Bell, Jack Rice and Paul Webber all tallied goals in the victory to put the Wildcats at 2-1 for the year.

Head coach Mike Corrado states, "It was a good win. The kids showed a lot out there from coming from behind, especially in the fourth quarter. It's probably the way they fought back. It was a good quality win against a very good Fairfield team. [Kevin] Cunningham continues to develop into a scorer and feeder and is becoming the quarterback for the offense."

In an overall display of defensive prowess, the Wildcats overcame a three goal deficit in the first 20 minutes of play to notch the win. Fairfield attackman Sam Snow tallied two of his game-high four goals in the first fifteen minutes to give the Stags a 2-0 lead going into the second period. Stag attackman Max Trunz capitalized on an assist from Ryan Mulford to give Fairfield a 3-0 lead to begin the second quarter.

Villanova began to find their rhythm when Paul Webber scored off a Cunningham assist at the 10:24 mark to give the Wildcats their first point of the game in the second quarter. C.J. Small and Cunningham followed in suit just two minutes later to tie the game at three-all. Going into the locker room, Fairfield held a slight 4-3 lead with two periods to play.

To begin the second half, VU's Small found the back of the net off a pass from Mike Brennan to tie the game at 4-4, while Jack Rice gave Villanova the go-ahead goal on a man-up opportunity at the 7:28 mark to put the `Cats ahead for the first time of the game.

The final fifteen minutes saw Fairfield's Sam Snow tally two more goals off assists from Max Trunz and Sean Bannon, giving the Stags a one goal lead with 12 minutes left to play. Villanova's Bell answered by scoring two goals of his own off assists from Cunningham and Mark Scioscia, while Cunningham scored an insurance goal for the Wildcats off an Andrew Henrich assist with 47 seconds left to give the Wildcats the 8-6 victory.

Villanova led Fairfield in total shots, 31-29, and face-offs by capturing 11-18 opportunities.

VU's Dan Gutierrez made 11 saves in the win while Fairfield's Joseph Marra tallied 9 in the loss.

Corrado states, "Dan played his best game of the year especially at crunch time in the fourth quarter. He made several great stops for us to keep our lead. He was a big reason why we won today."

Villanova will be back in action on March 9th when they take on Penn State in State College, Pa. at 7 p.m.