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Previewing Villanova’s 2019 men’s college lacrosse schedule

The Wildcats hope to try and make the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season.

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The Villanova Wildcats are the 13th team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the second team from the Big East. The Wildcats finished 10-6 in 2018 and 3-2 in Big East play. Villanova was the last at-large team that made the NCAA Tournament, but lost to the Duke Blue Devils in the first round.

Here’s their entire 2019 schedule:

Villanova’s 2019 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
2/2 Villanova Penn State
2/16 Villanova Yale
2/23 Hofstra Villanova
3/2 Delaware Villanova
3/8 Penn Villanova Philadelphia Lacrosse Challenge
3/10 Villanova Drexel Philadelphia Lacrosse Challenge
3/16 Villanova Maryland
3/23 Villanova Fairfield
3/25 Villanova Brown
3/30 Marquette Villanova Big East
4/6 Villanova Denver Big East
4/14 Villanova Georgetown Big East
4/20 St. John's Villanova Big East
4/27 Villanova Providence Big East

Who’s In?

  • NA

Who’s Out?

  • NA

Average Winning Percentage From 2018 Teams

  • Overall: .517
  • Nonconference: .508
  • Big East: .532

Circle These Dates

  • 2/16 (at Yale): The Wildcats have another good nonconference slate, with the same three games as they started last season. The Penn State OT win to start the season was really good, but the win over Yale was a stunner to say the least. So what will be the encore this year?
  • 2/23 (vs. Hofstra): ‘Nova scored only seven goals in last year’s meeting with the Pride. That’s usually not good, until you find out Hofstra only scored twice. The nine total goals probably won’t happen again this time around, but both teams have notable losses to their personnel with Jack Concannon and Christian Cuccinello gone.
  • 3/8 and 3/10 (vs. Penn, at Drexel in Philadelphia Lacrosse Challenge): As was discussed in the Across College Lacrosse Philly men’s specials, we’ll see the first ever Philly college showcase event that features all four Philadelphia-based teams playing two games in three days in the suburbs and in University City. The Wildcats take on both of their local opponents from a year ago which produced good contests.
  • 3/16 (at Maryland): Villanova joins Penn State as the two teams to play the previous two national champions. That’s a huge honor to have, and the Terps are still a really good team. The hope down in College Park is that the team reaches Championship Weekend for a sixth consecutive season.
  • 4/13 (at Georgetown): Is Georgetown the second best team in the Big East? Denver appears to still be the best in the conference despite not winning the Big East Tournament the previous few years, but the Hoyas had a breakout season which saw them nearly upset Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas won both meetings last year.

For other schedules and team rosters, check out our Men’s Division I matrix.