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Villanova athletics director sends letter of concern

4:55 p.m., Nov. 26, 2003--Vince Nicastro, director of athletics at Villanova University, has written UD Director of Athletics Edgar N. Johnson extending “heartfelt wishes for a speedy and full recovery to all those injured or in any way affected” by the accident that occurred after the UD/Villanova football game on Saturday, Nov. 22, outside Villanova Stadium.

An elderly football team chaplain, the Rev. Bernard A. Lazor, lost control of his car and drove into a crowd of Delaware and Villanova fans, injuring seven persons, four of whom were hospitalized.

Nicastro said in his letter that Father Lazor asked him to share “his own personal concerns regarding those who were injured or affected by this unfortunate incident,” noting that the priest “is extremely saddened and wishes the families to know that his thoughts and prayers are with them during this important healing process.”

“The Delaware/Villanova relationship has always been treasured by our community and is representative of the highest levels of competition, sportsmanship and fair play,” Nicastro wrote. “Be assured of our continued concern for those impacted by this accident and our best wishes for continued success in the playoffs.”

Delaware won the Atlantic 10 Football Conference championship Nov. 22, defeating Villanova 20-17. On Saturday, the Hens will host Southern Illinois University in Delaware Stadium, in the first round of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

The 11-1 Fightin’ Blue Hens, under Coach K.C. Keeler, enter the 16-team tournament field as the No. 2 seed. UD is making its 12th tournament appearance and the first since 2000.

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