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Villanova Defeats La Salle in Season-Opener

March 11, 1998

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- The Villanova Wildcats, under direction of first year head coach Joanie Milhous, opened their 1998 season with a 16-5 victory over the LaSalle Explorers at Villanova Stadium on Wednesday, March 11th.

The Wildcats scored 13 consecutive goals en route of the 16-5 victory, led by Cockeysville, Maryland native, Meghan Doyle and Summit, N.J. native Julie Shallcross. Doyle, a junior, finished with six points (five goals, one assist) including three consecutive, second-half goals over a three minute span. And Shallcross, a sophomore, finished with four points (one goal, three assists). Villanova also received multiple goal performances from senior Maria McCusker and Monahan who each cashed in with two goals.

In the first half, Wildcat freshman Terri Overturf scored the first goal of the season 7:19 into the contest, putting Villanova ahead for good. The Wildcats entered the intermission with a 9-0 lead, with eight different players scoring.

The Wildcats came out firing in the second half, when junior Katie Monahan scored just 0:12 into the half. The Wildcats jumped to a 13-0 lead before the Explorers found a way to beat Villanova net-minder Julie Pinnix (10 saves), when LaSalle freshman Jennifer Heigl (two goals, one assist) scored her first goal of the afternoon. The Wildcats refused to surrender their lead and marched on to a 16-5 victory.

The Wildcats will square-off against Boston College at Villanova Stadium on Saturday, March 14th at 1pm.