The game was moved up to Friday afternoon to avoid a winter storm in the Philadelphia area on Saturday. For the Villanova Wildcats (8-3, 1-1), the storm hit early and often as the only suspense was whether the Pioneers (8-2, 2-0) would score 20 points in the first half – they netted 18. For a team that could only score a single goal in the first half in recent games against Towson and Georgetown, the Pioneers absolutely unloaded on the Villanova Wildcats.
Trevor Baptiste had one of the greatest games in faceoff history with school-record 27 of 30 face-off wins, 17 ground balls, 1 goal and 1 assist. During the game, he displayed all his talents by gaining control at the X every way imaginable. Certainly, this performance has to make him a Tewaarton favorite, even if he was already the odds-on-favorite heading into this game.
Ethan Walker caught fire as well with 8 goals and 1 assist to single-handedly outscore the entire Villanova squad. Denver scored 22 goals on 43 shots for the game against the Wildcats and could have scored more but took the air out of the ball in the second half. Denver cut-down on the turnovers with only 6 heading into the fourth quarter and finished with 10.
The goalkeeping for Denver was split between Josh Matte and Alex Ready until David Windsor entered the game to mop up for the final five minutes.
Villanova was ranked 7th in the nation prior to the rout.