March 23, 2009
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame women’s lacrosse’s junior attack standout Gina Scioscia (Summit, N.J.) has been selected as the BIG EAST offensive player of the week for her play in Notre Dame’s wins over Rutgers (18-9) and California (20-4) this past week.
For the week, the Irish playmaker scored four goals and set up 10 other goals for a 14-point weekend. She also grabbed three ground balls in the two games.
In the 18-9 BIG EAST win over Rutgers, Scioscia scored a career-best eight points in the game, including six assists that equaled a Notre Dame single-season record. Kerry Callahan `99 set the mark 10 years to the day – March 17, 1999 – when she had six helpers in a 20-10 win over Gannon. Scioscia got her two goals in the first half, scoring twice in a 1:36 span to give the Irish an 8-1 lead. She picked up three assists in the opening half and three in the second for her six-assist night.
Versus California, Scioscia got her first goal of the game with 25 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Irish a 10-2 lead going into the first intermission. She came out of the break and picked up where she left off, scoring Notre Dame’s first goal of the half, just 21 seconds into contest to make it 11-2. Scioscia had three first-half assists and one in the second for her final total of four assists in the contest.
Scioscia has now scored in seven straight games, getting 20 goals and 17 assists for 37 points in that span. During the seven-game run, she has recorded seven games with three or more points and five with two or more goals. Scioscia leads Notre Dame in scoring this season with 24 goals and 20 assists for 44 points. Her 24 goals are a personal career high and the 20 assists lead the Irish in that category.
The former Summit High School star has now scored over 100 points in her Notre Dame career as she has 48 goals and 59 assists for 107 career points to rank ninth on the all-time points list. Her 59 career assists rank her sixth in that category.
Scioscia and her teammates close out a five-game homestand this weekend with a pair of important BIG EAST clashes. On Friday, March 27, the 10th-ranked Irish face fourth-ranked Georgetown in an 8:00 p.m. game at the Loftus Sports Center. Two days later, on March 29, the Irish will face 20th-ranked Loyola (Md.) at the Loftus Center with the opening draw set for 1:00 p.m.