March 21, 2012
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.