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The No. 14 ranked Villanova Wildcats secured a big victory on Friday night as they took down the No. 9 ranked Penn Quakers 12-10 in the second game of the Philly 4 Lacrosse Classic.
Penn jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, which included three consecutive goals from Dylan Gergar to start the game. However, Keegan Khan scored two straight late in the first to get Villanova’s offense going and make it a 4-2 game heading into the second.
After a four-goal Villanova run in the second that put them ahead 6-5 with 4:10 to go in the half, neither team was able to score more than two consecutive goals the rest of the game.
The Wildcats led 7-6 heading into the third, but two quick goals from Gergar put the Quakers back in the drivers season with an 8-7 lead. Both sides went back-and-forth trading goals for the remainder of the contest.
While it might have felt like Penn was in control for most of the game, Villanova took hold of the momentum down the stretch with two straight from Khan and Patrick Daly to put the Wildcats up by two for the first tine in the game and secure the victory. In the final minutes, Villanova was able to eat up a ton of clock and limit Penn’s time to even try and force a comeback.
Keegan Khan led Villanova with four goals, while Dylan Gergar scored a career-high six goals for Penn. The Quakers dominated the faceoff dot with Kyle Gallagher going 20-for-25 and Patrick Burkinshaw held his own in cage, making 13 saves. Will Vitton made 14 saves for the Wildcats
Saint Joseph’s Edges Drexel
In the first game of the Philly 4 Lacrosse Classic, the Saint Joseph’s Hawks were able to take down the Drexel Dragons in a tight 10-9 contest.
From the opening whistle to the final buzzer, these squads went back-and-forth delivering blow after blow. The Hawks were able to use two two-goal runs in the first to get ahead 4-2 at end of the first, but Drexel was able to creep back in the second as Saint Joseph’s only lead 5-4 at the half.
A three-goal run in the third and a 20-save performance from goalie Mike Adler proved to be the difference for the Hawks in the win. The Dragons had a chance to comeback late in the fourth, but the Hawks’ defense stood strong down the stretch to subdue the Drexel offense and secure the win.
Matt Bohmer had four goals for Saint Joseph’s, while Levi Anderson also had five points (2G/3A). Zach Cole went 16-for-23 at the faceoff dot for the Hawks, as well. Drexel saw Reid Bowering net a hat trick and Jack Mulcahy tally five points (2G/3A).
Cook’s Big Third Quarter Helps North Carolina Avoid Upset
The Furman Paladins gave the No. 4 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels a scare of Friday night. The Paladins defense was stellar through the first half as they only trailed 4-3 heading into the locker room.
But as the Tar Heels started to find their footing and get into a groove in the second half, their talent soon took over. Tanner Cook scored six goals in the third for the Tar Heels to put them up 9-6 heading into the fourth. The Tar Heels outscored the Paladins 9-5 in the fourth quarter to seal the deal and grab the 18-11 victory.
Chris Gray (5G/4A) and Tanner Cook (6G/1A) led the Tar Heels, while the Paladins were led by Brett Tenagila (3G/2A). Zac Tucci went 20-for-25 at the faceoff dot for North Carolina. Alex Van de Bovenkamp made 14 saves in cage for the Paladins.
Cleveland State 9, Bellarmine 8
Jacksonville 18, Hampton 1