Villanova vs. Towson
March 24, 2007
The Game Story:
Villanova, Pa. - After clawing their way back from a five goal deficit, the Villanova men's lacrosse team dropped its first conference game to the Towson Tigers 6-5 at Villanova Stadium. In the final 15 minutes of play, the Wildcats (3-3, 0-1) managed to mount an attack against the Tigers (4-2, 1-0), but eventually fell short by a one goal margin.

Despite the Wildcats holding the shot advantage in the first period (8-5), Towson put Villanova on their heels and quickly jumped out to an early 3-0 lead to start the game. Two of Towson's three goals came from sophomore classmates Randall Cooper and Justin Schneider. Freshman Cryder DiPietro closed out the Tigers initial run as he netted an unassisted goal with just 1:58 remaining in the first period.

Villanova senior Andy German, who finished the game with two goals, responded in the first 30 seconds of the second period by sneaking a shot past Towson goalie Matt Antol, who registered a total of 15 saves on the evening. However, the Tigers then sparked an offense that would continue to score three more unanswered goals extending their lead out to 6-1. The second three-goal run was capped off by junior Brian Vetter, who fired a rocket from about 40 yards out into an empty Villanova net vacated by sophomore goalie Andrew DiLoreto.

It wasn't until the final 20 seconds of the third period that Villanova was able to capitalize on one of their 12 scoring opportunities for the period. Junior Chris MacDonald put a shot in the top corner of the net to slice the Wildcats' deficit to four goals to end the period. German carried Villanova's momentum into the fourth as he took a pass from MacDonald to bring the Wildcats to within three goals.

Villanova continued to test Towson by rattling off 11 shots in the fourth period to give the Wildcats a total of 37 for the game. Senior Eric Heidenberger eventually broke down the Tiger defense by collecting a pass from German and notching his tenth goal of the season bringing the score to 6-4. With just under five minutes to play, Villanova stormed the Towson net. However, only junior Tim Atkins was rewarded for his efforts. Atkins maneuvered his way around the front of net in the last second to put the final score at 6-5.

The Wildcats will look to capture their first win in conference play when they face Hofstra University on Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Hempstead, N.Y.