Providence, R.I. – With the score tied at the half, Villanova utilized a 6-0 third quarter surge to take control of the game and pull away for a 17-15 victory over Brown at Stevenson-Pincince Field.
The win lifts the Wildcats to 2-4 overall, while Brown falls to 1-3.
"Villanova played like their backs were against the wall and outplayed us," said Brown head coach Mike Daly. "We have 11 days off before our Ivy season starts with a clean slate. We're going to get after it and fix some of the things we need to fix."
Freshman attackman Luke McCaleb (Chevy Chase, MD) paced the Bears' offense with five goals and an assist. Senior attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY), the 2016 Tewaaraton Award winner, also had six points with three goals and three assists.
Junior attackman Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA) recorded his second career hat-trick for the Bears with three goals.
Bears freshman goalie Phil Goss (San Francisco, CA) had to withstand a 60-32 Villanova shot advantage, making 13 saves overall.
The difference in the game may have come in the face-off x, where the Wildcats won 14-of-18 face-offs in the second half, and Jake Froccaro capturing 14-of-21 face-offs overall.
Christian Cuccinello led the Wildcats with eight points, scoring four goals and distributing four assists. Jack Curran found the back of the net four times and added three assists.
With the score tied, 8-8 at the half, Brown took the lead with an unassisted goal by Molloy just 30 seconds into the third quarter.
Villanova scored the next six goals, led by Cuccinello's two goals and capped off with a goal by John Kluh with 2:09 left in the third quarter to build a 14-9 advantage.
Brown goals by McCaleb and sophomore Michael Panepinto (Needham, MA) cut the Wildcats' lead to three goals, 14-11, but Curran closed out the quarter with a goal and Cuccinello scored early in the fourth quarter to once again put Villanova up by five goals, 16-11.
Brown scored four of the next five goals with Molloy, McCaleb, senior Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) and junior Jack Collins (Barrington, RI) finding the back of the net with 41 seconds left to account for the final score, 17-15.
The Bears are off for 11 days and return to action on Saturday, March 18, opening their Ivy League season at home against Harvard at Stevenson-Pincince Field. Face-off is 12:00 pm.