Villanova, Pa. — The Villanova Wildcats opened home play with a 15-9 win over the Fairfield Stags on Saturday afternoon. Luke Keating led the Wildcats offense with four goals while matt campbell and JP Basil successful hat tricks.
With the win, Villanova move to 2-1 on aggregate while the Stags fall to 1-2.
Fairfield’s attack started early scoring the opening goals to go up 2-0 just under four minutes. Villanova’s defense would keep the Stags scoreless for the rest of the quarter while the Wildcat offense got going. Keating scored first on the EMO, followed by Campbell who handed it over to Brett Baskin to tie the game with 6:33 left. Midfielder Tucker Goodelle gave Villanova their first lead three minutes later and to close the quarter, Baskin set up Campbell to make it 4-2.
The Stags started the second quarter with two quick goals in the first minute to tie the game at four. Patrick Daly scored his 11and of the season on a dish from Campbell to give Villanova the lead, which they would retain for the rest of the match. Justin Coppola won the faceoff, ran and scored six seconds later, followed by Campbell who scored his second of the day to close a three-goal streak and put the Wildcats up 7-4. Stag’s Taylor Strough scored his second at 7:44 to bring it down to two, but Villanova scored one more before halftime. Matt Licata at 3:07, he scored his first career goal to make it 8-5.
Villanova had a strong third quarter, scoring six goals, which was the most of any quarterback on Saturday. Basile started with a goal in the first minute followed by an EMO goal from Daly which was assisted by Keating. Jack McKenna and Strough both scored for Fairfield but Keating responded with a pair of goals both assisted by Basile. Campbell would participate in a hat trick and Basile would score his second of the day before the end of the quarter to give Villanova a 14-8 lead.
Following a goal from the Stag’s in 12and Villanova’s defense managed to keep them scoreless for the rest of the game thanks to five saves from Will Vitton. Keating and Basile would each score one more goal to advance to the final 16-9.
Vitton finished with 12 saves on the day, his second game this season with double-digit saves. Coppola was 18 of 27 from faceoff x with a game-high 13 balls on the ground. Reid Colwell had a good day on defense with six balls on the ground and a turnover caused as Brody The Door, Chris Hervadaand Gavin Burk all had two turnovers caused.
Next, Villanova travels to Providence to face the Brown Bears on Wednesday. The first face-to-face is scheduled for 4 p.m.