March 4, 2011

Lane's Late Goal Lifts 'Nova over La Salle

from press release

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- A goal from Shannon Lane with just 30 seconds remaining in the second half lifted Villanova (3-1 overall, 0-0 BIG EAST) to a 6-5 victory over La Salle in a non-conference women's lacrosse battle on Friday night.

The Wildcats, as they did in Tuesday's home win over LIU, set the pace early with three unanswered goals. Senior Rachel Lasda got the scoring started for Villanova at 26:26 when she recorded an unassisted goal. Less than a minute later, freshman Ali Judge picked up an unassisted goal to push the lead to 2-0. Sophomore Maria Bowman made it a 3-0 advantage with an unassisted goal at 23:39.

Playing at home, though, the Explorers responded with three goals of their own over the final 18 minutes of the first half. Melanie Sarcinello converted a free position attempt at 18:14 and then Lauren McDermott added an unassisted goal at the 14:00 minute mark to slice the lead to one. La Salle then drew even 29 seconds before halftime when Maggie O'Ferrall fired a free position goal into the net.

Jackie Roebuck put La Salle in front at 23:01 with an unassisted goal. Villanova pulled even on a goal off the stick of Katie Collopy at 20:32. At 10:25, freshman Caroline Guidera gave VU the lead again at 5-4 before the Explorers answered with a Taylor Ruland goal with 5:36 left in the half.

That set the stage for Lane's late heroics.

A feed from Bowman freed Lane, who beat Megan Corliss with her shot. The Explorers dropped to 2-2 on the season.

Freshman Julia Todd made eight saves in net for Villanova. La Salle owned a 24-9 edge in shots on the night.

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