MLAX Minute: Villanova Edges Drexel in OT

Chris Gabrielli and Providence are 2-0 to start the season.

Chris Gabrielli and Providence are 2-0 to start the season.

Feb. 27, 2014

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Two games and two wins on Tuesday for BIG EAST men’s lacrosse teams, including an overtime thriller over a ranked opponent.

Austin Frederick’s goal in the final minute of overtime capped off a late comeback to give Villanova an 11-10 victory over No. 15/16 Drexel at home.

The Wildcats rallied from deficits of 3-0 early and 10-8 with 7:38 to play. Eric Gartner scored back-to-back fourth-quarter tallies, the second coming with 1:06 left in regulation to tie the game at 10-all.

It was Villanova’s first action since a triple-overtime defeat at Lehigh to open the season on Feb. 15.

Elsewhere Tuesday, Providence improved to 2-0 with a 10-7 win over Boston University. Freshman Alex Corboy logged his second hat trick in as many games to pace the Friars. Corboy scored with 2:03 left in the second quarter to put PC up 7-5 at halftime, and Joseph Fitzpatrick’s unassisted tally less than three minutes into the third put the Friars ahead for good.

All seven teams are in action on Saturday. Georgetown opens the day with a noon start at Hofstra. Three games are slated for 1 p.m., with Marquette visiting Marist, St. John’s hosting Siena and Villanova going to Delaware. No. 6/5 Denver visits 20th-ranked Penn at 2 p.m., and two games are set for 4 p.m. including Rutgers at Stony Brook and Providence taking on Quinnipiac. The latter contest has been moved to Bryant University.

Team Notebooks



DENVER Erik Adamson scored seven points and goalkeeper Jamie Faus was named Pioneer Face-Off Classic Tournament MVP in Denver’s 2-0 weekend … The Pios defeated Marist 15-9 and Canisius 14-3 … Six players netted at least two goals in the Marist win … Faus made seven saves in 29:05 in net … Jack Bobzien is tied for second in the conference averaging 3.00 goals per game … He scored four times and added an assist in the Canisius victory … After the road trip to Penn, the Pios head west to battle Notre Dame at the Pacific Coast Shootout in California on March 8.

GEORGETOWN The Hoyas dropped an 8-7 final against Towson on Saturday to snap their season-opening two-game win streak … Peter Conley and Jeff Fountain scored two goals apiece in the loss … Conley added three assists for a five-point night … The Hoyas were just 8-of-15 on clears … A 5-1 spurt from late in the second quarter to the fourth put Towson ahead 8-5 … Despite the loss, Georgetown owns the BIG EAST’s best EMO-killing unit, allowing just one goal in eight times shorthanded … Georgetown returns home to host Harvard and Furman after Saturday’s game at Hofstra.

MARQUETTE Kyle Whitlow’s hat trick wasn’t enough in Marquette’s 11-7 loss at No. 17 Ohio State on Saturday … The Golden Eagles caused seven of the Buckeyes’ 18 turnovers, with Tyler Gilligan and Jacob Richard picking up two apiece … Ohio State rattled off six straight goals in the first half to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 7-2 lead with 9:19 left in the second quarter … Marquette converted both of its EMO chances … The Golden Eagles’ seven-game stretch on the road continues at Marist on Saturday, with games at Jacksonville, Duke and Detroit still looming.

PROVIDENCE Tyler Himes has backstopped Providence to its 2-0 start with a BIG EAST-leading .629 save percentage … The Friars are 3-for-4 with the extra man through two games … Providence outshot Vermont 45-34 in Saturday’s opener and Boston University 34-29 on Tuesday … Alex Corboy has six goals and seven points in the first two contests … Thirteen of BU’s 21 turnovers on Tuesday were caused … Jarrod Neumann accounted for a team-high four … Because of field conditions, Saturday’s contest with Quinnipiac has been moved to Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., and will take place at 4 p.m.

RUTGERS is up to fifth in the nation in goals per game (15.0) after a 1-1 week in which it scored 20 in a win against Wagner and 12 in a loss at Virginia … Scott Klimchak leads the BIG EAST and is second nationally averaging 4.33 goals per game … Kris Alleyne is second in the conference with a .616 save percentage … Joe Nardella has won 46-of-54 face-offs for a staggering 85.2 percent success rate, tops in the nation … The Scarlet Knights finish off their stretch of four straight away from home with Saturday’s tilt at Stony Brook and Tuesday’s game at Army.

ST. JOHN'S Kieran McArdle was held to seven shots in St. John’s 10-6 loss at 13th-ranked Yale on Saturday … McArdle finished with five points on two goals and three assists … The Johnnies were just 6-of-19 at the X and won just two face-offs in the second half … McArdle assisted on St. John’s first two tallies before a 3-0 Yale run put the Bulldogs ahead for good in the second … St. John’s couldn’t convert on three EMOs while allowing just one … McArdle entered the week tops in the nation in points per game (6.0) and fifth in assists (3.5) … Following Saturday’s tilt with Siena, the Red Storm visits Drexel before next weekend’s tilt with Syracuse in Kennesaw, Ga.

VILLANOVA next plays on Saturday at Delaware at 1 p.m. … The Wildcats host Penn on Saturday, March 8 on FOX College Sports at 5 p.m. … John LoCascio entered the week ranked first in the nation averaging 5.0 caused turnovers per game … Villanova is leading the nation in groundballs (44.0) and caused turnovers (13.0) per game … Villanova and Drexel have played every season since 1981 … Another national television appearance has been added to the Wildcats’ slate. They’ll host Penn on Saturday, March 8 at 5 p.m. on FOX College Sports.