Can a New-Look ‘Nova Continue to Challenge in the Big East?

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The Villanova Wildcats have been sitting right on the cusp of the big dogs within the Big East conference and on the national stage in recent years, finishing second in the Big East in 2018 and 2019, while upsetting Yale and giving Penn state some trouble both of those years. During the shortened 2020 season, the Wildcats went 4-3. One of their wins came against a No.4 Maryland squad and two of their losses came against Penn State, 19-10, and Yale, 18-12.

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Georgetown Looks Primed For a Championship Weekend Run in 2022

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On the opening play of Hoyas’ NCAA Quarterfinal contests against eventual national champion Virginia, faceoff man James Reilly drew a flag when pushed in the back by Virginia LSM Jared Conners. Reilly would take only one more faceoff before subsequently leaving the game with a lower-body injury. The Hoyas were unable to capitalize on the ensuing possession following the push on Reilly, where they eventually went two men up following another Cavalier penalty.

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Can Providence Get Back on Track in 2022?

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In 2017, the Providence Friars churned out their best season under Chris Gabrielli as they went 10-7 and fell in the Big East title game to Marquette. They followed up that season by going 5-9 and missing the postseason altogether in 2018. However, the Friars were able to put things back together again.

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Is 2022 The Year Denver Takes Back The Big East?

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The Denver Pioneers joined the Big East ahead of the 2014 season and immediately dominated. Through their first three seasons in the conference, the only loss Bill Tierney’s squad suffered against a conference foe came at the hands of Marquette in the 2016 Big East championship game. It would be the first instance of what has turned into somewhat of a trend of Denver falling in the Big East title game. The Pioneers fell to Marquette again in the 2017 conference semifinals before becoming victims of the Georgetown dynasty, losing to the Hoyas in the past three Big East championship games (2018, 2019, 2021).

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Georgetown Three-Peats as Big East Champions

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For the third consecutive season, the Georgetown Hoyas are the Big East champions.

After splitting their two contests with Pioneers in the regular season, the Hoyas edged Denver 10-9 on Saturday to take home their third straight Big East title and remain kings of the conference.

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Denver Blows Past Providence, Georgetown Escapes Villanova

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The Denver Pioneers defeated the Providence Friars 14-8 on Thursday night to punch their ticket to the Big East title game.

Denver came out of the gates firing, taking a 5-0 first quarter lead and extending it to 8-1 at the half. The Pioneers found the back of the net six more times in the second half to take home the dominate victory and earn their chance to fight for a Big East title.

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Midweek Notebook: Mount St. Mary’s Earns First NEC Win, Marquette Tops St. John’s in OT

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The Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers earned their first NEC win of the season on Wednesday afternoon, topping Sacred Heart 14-12.

Dylan Furnback had a career-high 21-save performance, which included two in the final minute of the contest to keep the Pioneers’ offense at bay and halt any full comeback. The senior made 13 of his 21 saves in the first half where the Mountaineers held Sacred Heart to just five goals and a scoreless first quarter.

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Saturday Recap: Rutgers and Michigan Earn Bounce-Back Wins, Virginia Holds off Robert Morris

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A week after getting blown out against Maryland in the second half, the Rutgers Scarlet Knight bounced back and defeated the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 15-9 on the road.

The Blue Jays’ offense, which saw Garrett Degnon and Connor DeSimone combine for five goals and eight points, should continual improvement in the first half. After seeing things tied at 2 to end the first, Johns Hopkins outpaced Rutgers 5-3 in the second quarter to pull ahead 7-5 heading into the half.

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What to Watch: NCAA Week Seven

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Welcome to week seven of the college lacrosse season, Y’all!

Technically, week seven got underway with the biggest game in the Big East of the season between Denver and Georgetown going down on Tuesday. On Wednesday we saw Notre Dame took down Marquette and Fairfield beat crosstown rival Sacred Heart.

Here’s a look at some storylines coming into the weekend:

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Midweek Notebook: Notre Dame Blast Marquette

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On Wednesday evening, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took down the Marquette Golden Eagles 10-3 in a matchup between the two Midwest Catholic schools. Pretty fitting for St. Patrick’s day, right?

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