Villanova looks to bounce back from heartbreaking loss

Matt Leon
October 29, 2019 - 2:38 pm
Villanova head coach Mark Ferrante.

Courtesy of Villanova Athletics

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — While they all count the same in the standings, some losses hurt more than others.

On Saturday, Villanova experienced about as painful a loss as you can have, falling to Stony Brook 36-35 at Villanova Stadium.

"I can't remember too many tougher than that one to be honest with you," Villanova head coach Mark Ferrante told KYW Newsradio.

Villanova (6-2, 3-2 CAA) led by 18 at the half and by 15 with just five minutes remaining. Stony Brook won the game on a 22-yard field goal as time expired. 

"There were a lot of things that happened throughout the whole course of the game, first half and second half that could've made the outcome go in a different direction," Ferrante said.

Villanova will look to turn the page on Saturday when the Wildcats travel to New Hampshire for a Colonial Athletic Association match-up with another group of Wildcats, the University of New Hampshire.

"18- to 23-year-old guys are pretty resilient and they'll bounce back," he said of how his team is dealing with that tough Stony Brook loss. "We had a good day of practice (on Tuesday), they brought a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of energy. And this is a good group, it's a good group of guys, they support each other."

New Hampshire is coming off a bye week. Overall this season, UNH is 4-3 (3-1 CAA).

"A typical, well-coached, tough and physical New Hampshire team," Ferrante said. "They don't take a lot of chances, they don't give up a lot of big plays, they make you earn everything you get on defense. Offensively, they have a young quarterback, but they're always going to be real good up front."

Last season, New Hampshire beat Villanova on the Main Line, 34-0.

Saturday's game in Durham gets underway at 1:00 p.m.

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