Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/1/10
From Press Releases
In its long-awaited home opener on Monday afternoon, Villanova (2-0) scored eight unanswered goals in a stretch of 13 minutes in the first half along the way to an 18-4 women’s lacrosse rout of Fresno State (0-1) at Villanova Stadium. Sophomore midfielder Justine Donodeo scored a game-high five goals to lead three different Wildcats that had at least three scores on the afternoon.
In a 13-minute stretch that began with Donodeo’s first goal of the game at the 25:26 mark of the first half, the Wildcats scored eight unanswered goals and led 9-1 following a tally by junior midfielder Rachel Lasda with 12:49 to play in the opening period. Donodeo scored four times during the run and four other players chipped in one goal apiece to put the game out of reach of Fresno State.
Villanova scored four more times in the final 9:17 of the half to lead 13-2 at halftime, then went on to the final margin of victory with five second-half scores. Lasda and junior attack Carly Miller netted three goals apiece to join Donodeo with hat tricks in the game. Miller and senior midfielder Erica Rybinski each dished out three assists, while Lasda had two helpers.
Consistently being able to control possession of the ball in the first half assisted the Wildcats in building their big lead. Villanova outshot the Bulldogs by a 19-4 count in the first 30 minutes thanks in part to an 11-5 edge in draw controls. The Wildcats converted 2-of-3 free position opportunities in the half and committed one less turnover than Fresno State. Donodeo and Lasda both scored on free-position shots before halftime.
Junior goalie Maggie Langan earned the decision in goal with three saves in the first 42:25 of the contest. Senior Cassie Eure played the final 17:35 in net for the Wildcats.
Hofstra 17, Albany 14
Courtney O’Connor (Abington) had a goal and two draw controls and freshman defender Emily Corzel (Merion Mercy) had a groundball and a caused turnovers to help Hofatra improve to 2-1.