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Doyle Leads Wildcats to Victory

March 22, 1998

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- The Villanova Wildcats, behind junior Meghan Doyle's seven goal performance, snapped their three game losing streak with a 13-11 victory over the visiting University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Villanova improved their record to 2-3 while UMBC falls to 1-3.

Junior Katie Monahan, from West Chester, Pa., scored the first goal of the game giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead just 3:23 into the half. After senior Maria McCusker scored the Wildcats' second goal, Monahan struck again beating UMBC goalie Amy Jagoda (seven saves) just one minute after her first goal.

UMBC cut Villanova's lead to 3-1, when freshman Julie Dorney beat Wildcat net-minder Julie Pinnix (13 saves). At intermission, Villanova extended their lead to 8-5 after goals by freshman Liz Kenny, sophomore Molly O'Connor, McCusker and two goals by junior Megan Doyle.

In the second half, UMBC attempted to come from behind and knotted the score at 11-11 with 5:27 remaining in the contest. The UMBC surge was led by senior Heather Kormanik (four goals, three assists) who scored the last two goals for UMBC, and junior Debbie Krastel (three goals).

However, Doyle, a Cockeysville, Md., native, proved to be too much for UMBC and scored the final two goals of the game securing the victory for Villanova. Doyle, Villanova's leading scorer with 20 points (16 goals, 4 assists), finished the afternoon with eight points (seven goals, one assist) and managed to score seven of the last eight goals for the Wildcats, including six consecutive goals.

The Wildcats will host West Chester on Thursday, March 28, at 3:30 pm, at Villanova Stadium.