By Joe Keegan | 3/27/12 3:00 PM
Villanova made Big East history in its win against Syracuse on Sunday. The Wildcats became the first team to beat the Orange since the Big East Conference was formed. Draftee Kevin Cunningham contributed three assists in the 11-10 win at the Carrier Dome. Up next for the Wildcats are the #17 Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, March 31st. Villanova improved to #12 in the Coaches Poll with the win.
The UNC Tar Heels recovered from their loss to Duke with two huge victories this week. After topping Dartmouth on Wednesday, North Carolina knocked off #6 Maryland on Saturday. Mark Staines collected two ground balls and caused a turnover in the Heels’ 11-10 triumph. The Tar Heels are now ranked #11 in the Coaches Poll. North Carolina will square off with the nation’s new #1 team – Johns Hopkins – on Saturday at 6:30 pm.
JJ Gilbane netted a goal for Cornell in an overtime thriller against #8 Denver. On Saturday, Gilbane was held scoreless against Penn. The Big Red still emerged with the win, 16-11. Despite two wins, Cornell fell to #5 in the latest Coaches Poll.
Greg Mahony netted one goal for Yale as the Bulldogs dropped the longest game in school history. Yale and #13 Princeton battled through regulation and five overtimes, until the Tigers emerged on top, 10-9.
Chris Clements and the Virginia Cavaliers dropped their first game of the season, 11-10 to Johns Hopkins in overtime. Clements collected two ground balls and caused two turnovers. The Cavaliers fell to #3 in the latest Coaches Poll with the loss. Virginia will look to recover against ACC rival Maryland, in a rematch of last year’s championship game, on Saturday at 12:00 pm at College Park. The game can be seen on ESPNU.
The Hartford Hawks went 1-1 this week, with a loss against Sacred Heart and a win against Wagner. Martin Bowes tallied a goal in the Hawks’ 10-9 loss to Sacred Heart. Bowes had two goals and two assists in the Hawks’ 24-4 rout of Wagner.