April 8, 2011
Villanova, Pa. – Betsy Mastropieri scored four goals and was joined by nine other teammates on the scoreboard as Notre Dame ran off a 15-4 win at Villanova Stadium in a steady rain Friday afternoon.
The sophomore attack from Richmond, Va., had a career-high, five-point game to pace all Irish scorers. Kaitlyn Brosco and Kaitlin Keena each had two goals in the victory while Maggie Tamasitis, Jenny Granger, Kailene Abt, Shaylyn Blaney, Ansley Stewart, Molly Shawhan and Grace Dooley each scored a goal for Notre Dame.
Justine Donodeo led Villanova with two goals while Shawna Giust and Rachel Lasda had single goals for the Wildcats.
The win gives Notre Dame a 5-6 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the BIG EAST as the Irish head to Syracuse for a Sunday match up with the Orange in the Carrier Dome. Villanova falls to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in BIG EAST play.
Notre Dame scored early and often in this game, building a 10-0 lead with 5:18 left in the first half. The Wildcats broke through at 2:52 with a goal by Donodeo to snap an Irish shutout bid. Last season, Notre Dame blanked Villanova, 16-0, at Arlotta Stadium for the first shutout in the program and BIG EAST history. The Irish shutout streak against the Wildcats went to 87:08 before the first goal of the game.
Seven different players scored for the Irish in the first-half run with Mastropieri getting three and Keena a pair while Brosco, Blaney, Stewart, Abt and Granger added single goals.
Donodeo scored twice in the first half off assists by Maria Bowman to cut the lead to 10-2 before Tamasitis closed the half with her only goal of the game with 15 seconds left in the half for an 11-2 halftime lead for Notre Dame.
The lead would go to 13-2 with 25:18 remaining in the game as Brosco scored her second of the contest and Mastropieri wrapped up her second four-goal game of the season.
Lasda scored on a free-position shot at 19:47 before a pair of Irish freshmen got their first career goals with Shawhan scoring on a free-position shot at 12:26 and Dooley netting her first at 10:40. For Dooley, the game came in her first action of the season as she missed the first 10 games of the year due to offseason surgery.
Giust closed the scoring for Villanova as she scored with 13 seconds left in the game for the final of 15-4.
In the game, Notre Dame out shot Villanova, 37-12. Ellie Hilling made the start for the Irish and played 48:43, giving up three goals with three saves before giving way to Adele Bruggeman who played the final 11:17, giving up one goal with no saves.
Julia Todd faced the brunt of the Notre Dame attack, playing 48:06, giving up 14 goals with 12 saves for the game. Ama Hirschfeld played the final 11:54, giving up one goal with a pair of saves to her credit.
Joining Mastropieri with multi-point games for Notre Dame were Brosco (2g, 1a), Keena (2g, 1a), Granger (1g, 2a), Stewart (1g, 2a), and Tamasitis, who had a goal and an assist.
For Tamasitis, the two-point game extended her point streak to 29 games with 31 goals and 48 assists for 79 points in the streak. She leads all Notre Dame scorers with 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points.
When the Irish meet Syracuse on Sunday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m., the game will be televised live by CBS College Sports.
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 - FNotre Dame (5-6/2-1) 11 4 - 15Villanova (4-5/0-2) 2 2 - 4
ScoringFirst Half:Time Team Score Goal Assist27:47 ND 1-0 Kaitlin Keena Maggie Tamasitis26:58 ND 2-0 Kaitlyn Brosco22:46 ND 3-0 Betsy Mastropieri20:45 ND 4-0 Betsy Mastropieri (2) Ansley Stewart20:01 ND 5-0 Shaylyn Blaney Free-position shot19:43 ND 6-0 Ansley Stewart Jenny Granger16:48 ND 7-0 Kaitlin Keena (2)14:46 ND 8-0 Kailene Abt Kaitlyn Brosco14:37 ND 9-0 Betsy Mastropieri (3) Ansley Stewart (2) 5:18 ND 10-0 Jenny Granger Kaitlin Keena 2:52 VU 10-1 Justine Donodeo Maria Bowman 0:31 VU 10-2 Justine Donodeo (2) Maria Bowman (2) 0:15 ND 11-2 Maggie Tamasitis Betsy Mastropieri
Second HalfTime Team Score Goal Assist29:31 ND 12-2 Kaitlyn Brosco (2)25:18 ND 13-2 Betsy Mastropieri (4) Jenny Granger (2)19:47 VU 13-3 Rachel Lasda Free-position shot12:26 ND 14-3 Molly Shawhan Free-position shot10:40 ND 15-3 Grace Dooley 0:13 VU 15-4 Shawna Giust
Goalkeepers:Notre Dame: Ellie Hilling (48:43 min; 3 goals against, 3 saves) Adele Bruggeman (11:17 min; 1 goal against, 0 saves)Villanova: Julia Todd (48:06 min; 14 goals against; 12 saves) Ama Hirschfeld (11:54 min; 1 goal against; 2 saves)
Total Shots: Notre Dame: 37, Villanova: 12Ground Balls: Notre Dame: 18, Villanova: 16Draw Controls: Notre Dame: 17, Villanova: 4Caused Turnovers: Notre Dame: 17: Villanova: 4