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Chris Hervada ’17 and Gavin Burke ’19 help Villanova lacrosse defeat Delaware

Chris Hervada ’17 and Gavin Burke ’19 help Villanova lacrosse defeat Delaware

Senior Matt Campbell had a career high performance and led Villanova to a 18-13 win over visiting Delaware Saturday afternoon. Villanova closes out non-conference play with a 5-3 record and will open BIG EAST play next weekend on the road.

Philly grads played key roles for the Wildcats as Brett Baskin (la Salle) had three goals and an assist, defenseman Chris Hervada (Haverford School) had an assist and two groundballs and SSMF Gavin Burke (Haverford School) added two assists and two groundballs.

Campbell started off the opening quarter completing a hat trick. He scored the Wildcats first two goals to give them a 2-1 lead with just over five minutes to play. Justin Coppola dished it to Campbell for the first goal and Luke Keating set him up for the second. Graduate transfer J.P. Basile scored just seconds later and Campbell would then follow up with his third goal with 3:56 to play. The Blue Hen’s score two more before the end of the quarter to make it 4-3.

Villanova’s offense clicked in the second quarter netting six goals while the defense limited the Blue Hens to only three. Patrick Daly started the scoring for Villanova on a pass from Basile and the Blue Hens followed up with Ty Kurtz netting his second goal of the game. Campbell and Basile scored back-to-back goals to put Villanova up 7-4 with 11:10 to play.

Mike Robinson scored the other goals for Delaware in the quarter while Campbell, Baskin, and Tucker Goodelle all scored for Villanova before the half to make it 10-6.

Delaware came out strong in the third scoring three straight goals to make it a one goal game, but Villanova answered with a five-goal run to pull away 15-9. Mason Reale started the run on an extra-man opportunity and Campbell followed it up with a goal just over a minute and a half later at the 6:16 mark to make it 12-9.

Hervada dished it to Keating for the third goal of the run and Daly answered with his second goal of the game on a pass from Basile. Campbell closed out the run with his seventh goal of the game, a career high. JP Ward scored for Delaware before the end of the quarter to make it 15-10. In that quarter Will Vitton had seven saves, the senior keeper finished with 16.

Penn 15, Cornell 11

The seventh-ranked Quakers used a strong first half to build up a lead on No. 4 Cornell, then used a three-goal run bridging the third and fourth quarters to stave off a Big Red rally at Franklin Field.

Penn improved to 4-2 overall on the season and leveled its Ivy League record at 1-1. Cornell entered the day undefeated but fell to 6-1 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Quaker Notemeal
*Penn outshot Cornell on the day, 52-42.

*Jamie Zusi had a superb day on the face-off X, winning 21 of his 29 draws and scooping up nine ground balls.

*Penn went 3-for-3 on its first three extra-man opportunities on Saturday, making the Quakers 8-for-8 to start Ivy play. The streak ended in the second half, the Quakers failing to score on both EMO chances.

*Penn has now won five of its last seven meetings with the Big Red.

*Sam Handley recorded six points, scoring three goals and dishing off three assists. He has 17 points across Penn’s last two games.

*Cam Rubin scored three more goals, giving him 10 in the last two contests. He entered the Princeton game a week ago with five points in the first four games.

*Dylan Gergar was held to one goal but he dished out a game-high four assists for a five-point day.

*Jack Schultz and James Shipley both scored twice; overall, eight different Penn players scored on Saturday.

*Ben Bedard, who entered the day with one goal this season, scored twice in the first quarter.

*At the other end, Patrick Burkinshaw made 15 saves.

*Cornell was led by John Piatelli (4g) and CJ Kirst (3g/2a).

Aiden Blake (Haddonfield) scored once for Cornell. Luke DiGiacobbe (Malvern Prep) had two groundballs for Cornell and Gabe Furey (Episcopal Academy) had an assist.

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