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April 25, 2015
Eric Paschall, the Atlantic Ten Conference rookie of the year this season, is transferring from Fordham to Villanova, The Inquirer learned Thursday. Paschall, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 15.9 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Rams in his freshman season. He was 10th in the A-10 in scoring and sixth in free-throw percentage at 79.4 percent. Paschall will sit out the 2015-16 season under NCAA rules and have three years of eligibility remaining. The official announcement of his transfer may come as soon as Friday.
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April 25, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Emily Lipari departed Villanova after last season having won six Penn Relays watches, she was believed to have left a hole on the anchor leg too big for the Wildcats to fill while competing against some of the best runners in the country. But as senior Stephanie Schappert expressed with her terrific anchor leg Thursday in the women's distance-medley relay: no Lipari, no problem. Schappert outkicked Stanford's Elise Cranny in the final 150 meters of the 1,600-meter anchor leg to lift the Wildcats to their fourth consecutive victory in the DMR on a cold and blustery day at Franklin Field.
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April 25, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
It was Villanova senior Stephanie Schappert's first time on the anchor leg, her first time running the 1,600 meters at the end of the distance-medley relay at the Penn Relays. She ran 1,610. "I didn't even know where the finish line was," Schappert said. "I wasn't going to stop. I just kept going. " Schappert's ignorance was bliss in another way, too. She also was happily unaware that teammates Michaela Wilkins and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner bobbled their handoff between the 400-meter and 800-meter legs, nearly re-creating the disaster that disqualified the Wildcats in the distance-medley relay at the NCAA indoor championships in March in Fayetteville, Ark. "I didn't realize that happened," Schappert said.
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April 24, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even Gina Procaccio concedes "it's hard to top last year," when Villanova won all three women's distance relays at the Penn Relays behind its wondrous anchor, Emily Lipari. Lipari has moved on to the professional ranks, but that doesn't mean the Wildcats coach isn't going to send out her best runners at Franklin Field on Thursday for the distance medley relay championship, which her team has won three straight years. "I think we can be just as competitive this year, maybe not in all three," Procaccio said.
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April 24, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA'S basketball program has effectively landed its second recruit for the class of 2016. Eric Paschall, a 6-6 swing man from Fordham who was the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year this past season, is transferring to the Main Line. He must sit out next season and will then have three years of eligibility remaining. The Wildcats earlier received an oral commitment from Amari Spellman, a junior at The MacDuffie School in Granby, Mass., who's considered among the nation's top power forward prospects.
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April 24, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The old cinder track at Franklin Field, where Tom Sullivan and his Villanova teammates set the Penn Relays record in the two-mile relay in 1965, is long gone. But for Sullivan, so much about the carnival remains the same. "Sometimes the past is not the past," said Sullivan, 72, whose relay team will be inducted this weekend on the Penn Relays Wall of Fame. "All of us have run around the same buildings there on campus. We all came in through the bullpen and huddled there for five or 10 or 15 minutes before our race, all along the wall.
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April 24, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
AS 70-DEGREE weather finally arrives and area college students make the change from North Face jackets to Vineyard Vines shorts for the sunny end of the semester, a group of Villanova sophomores is bypassing the usual limp to the school year's finish line and doing something meaningful for those who serve their country. Jack McDonald's idea for the GI Tickets Foundation came about in the summer of 2011 in his native New Providence, N.J. McDonald, a sophomore accounting major, was caddying at a golf course for a Vietnam veteran whose son was serving in the armed forces and on his way back to the United States.
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April 24, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
VILLANOVA'S football team lost three times last season, by a total of five points. Quarterback John Robertson won the Walter Payton Award as the Outstanding Offensive Player in FCS. Linebacker Don Cherry finished second in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive guy. Both are now seniors. If Robertson hadn't suffered a concussion in their first playoff game and missed the quarterfinals, which the Wildcats lost by three to Sam Houston State at home, they might have made a serious run at their second national title in 6 years.
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April 22, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
FOR VILLANOVA, there can never be any excuses at the Penn Relays. That's just the way it is. Comes with all the tradition. "It's always tough for us," Wildcats men's coach Marcus O'Sullivan said. "Other than us, everybody else can take a year off when they're not ready to race. We can't. That's one of the things we talk about a lot. Some years, when we're not ready, that's what we live with. " Fortunately for him, this is not one of those Aprils. He thinks his team is as deep as it's ever been in his 17 seasons.
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