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Wildcats Suffer 18-5 Defeat at Notre Dame
Maria Bowman scored two goals

April 7, 2012

Box Score

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Villanova women's lacrosse squad (2-9, 0-3) fell behind early and could not climb out of the deficit as the Wildcats fell, 18-5 at Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Maria Bowman paved the way for Villanova with two goals and one assist on four shots. She also picked up one ground ball.

Senior Justine Donodeo, sophomore Ali Brandenburg and freshman Jessica Mucci each netted one goal in the game.

Sophomore Christine O'Reilly won three draw controls, while Brandenburg and junior Shawna Giust earned two in the game. The Fighting Irish earned the edge on the draw 15-10.

Less than one minute into the game Lindsey Powell scored for Notre Dame to put the Irish on the board, 1-0. Powell scored her second goal at 26:35 on a free position shot. The Irish led 4-0 before Bowman found the back of the net for the Wildcats with the assist from Caroline Guidera at the 15:56 mark in the first half.

Brandenburg and Mucci scored on back-to-back goals, to close Notre Dame's gap, 7-3, which held through halftime.

Donodeo scored the game's first goal in the second half at 23:05 to close within, 7-4, but the Irish answered with four consecutive goals to extend their lead to 11-4.

Bow man's second goal game with 14:02 left in the game, but the `Cats were unable to score again and fell 18-5 after Notre Dame closed the game with seven goals.

In goal, junior Dani Wiedmeier made 13 saves.

Powell led the Irish with five goals, while Lauren Sullivan added four goals in the game. Notre Dame out-shot the Wildcats 38-18.



Villanova will return home next week to play the final home games of the season. The Wildcats host Cincinnati on Friday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m.