Wildcats Drop 13-9 Decision to La Salle
Justine Donodeo scored her 100th career goal against La Salle Wednesday night
Justine Donodeo scored her 100th career goal against La Salle Wednesday night

March 21, 2012

Box Score

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Senior Justine Donodeo enjoyed a strong offensive night but La Salle held off a late charge from Villanova to post a 13-9 victory over the Wildcats on Wednesday night at Villanova Stadium. The Wildcats are now 1-5 overall, 0-1 BIG EAST while the Explorers improve to 6-2 overall.

Donodeo scored five goals on the night and added an assist. She now has 102 career goals in three seasons as a Wildcat.

La Salle grabbed the early advantage when Caitlyn Brostrand scored less than three minutes into the contest. The Explorers moved out to a two goal advantage when Lauren McDermott converted a feed from Nora McGurkin with 21:08 to play in the first half. An unassisted score from the stick of Melanie Sarcinello at 19:05 pushed the edge to 3-0.

Jackie Roebuck's goal less than two minutes later pushed the margin to 4-0.

The Wildcats got on the scoreboard when Donodeo made a nice individual move and fired the ball into the top left corner at 16:12. Just over two minutes later, Donodeo sent a nice pass into the middle to an open freshman Hannah Goforth, who quickly fired a blast that beat LaSalle goalie Megan Corliss and it was a 4-2 game.

Sarcinello took a pass from behind the cage from Taylor Ruland with just under six minutes left in the half to push the Explorers to a 5-2 lead. With 1:08 left to play in the half, Maggie O'Ferrall cashed in a feed from McGurkin to push the lead back to four goals for La Salle.

It was 6-2 at the break.

La Salle held a 7-2 edge at the half in draws controlled and the Explorers were credited with seven ground balls to four for the `Cats. Dani Wiedmeier came up with four saves in the period, including two point blank attempts from the stick of Brostrand.

Scarcinello scored a pair of goals less than one minute apart to extend La Salle's lead to 8-2 with 24:54 to play in the second half. Brostrand added an unassisted goal 54 seconds later to give the Explorers a seven goal advantage. She added another with 20:30 to go in the period to make it 10-2.



Donodeo picked up her second goal of the night, and 99th of her career, to make it a 10-3 game with 19:19 to play. Less than two minutes later, the senior from Holbrook, N.Y., made a swift move from the right side and fired a shot that eluded La Salle's Megan Corliss to shave the deficit to 10-4. It was her 100th goal of her career.

Brostrand bounced a shot past Wiedmeier with 13:08 left in the period to make it 11-4 in La Salle's favor. McDermott then scored to re-establish an eight goal margin with just over 11 minutes to go in the period.

Donodeo picked up career goal No. 101 for the `Cats at 10:38 on a free position attempt. That was followed by a Wildcat goal from Jackie Froccaro at 8:31 to help the Wildcats close to within 12-6.

La Salle responded by securing the draw and then burned some time before McDermott registered her second goal of the night with 6:43 to play in the period.

Freshman Jessica Mucci picked the pocket of Corliss in front of the Explorers' goal and then scored to make it a 13-7 margin with under three minutes on the scoreboard clock. Mucci then scored again on a free position attempt with 1:22 left to cut the gap to 13-8. Then Donodeo made another brilliant move in front of the cage to finish an attempt and suddenly it was 13-9 with 1:02 on the clock.

But the Wildcats were able to add no more goals on the night.

Next up for Villanova is a Saturday night clash with Manhattan at Villanova Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

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