In celebration of 50 years of women's athletics, Villanova University honored lacrosse standout and Maryvale alumna Meghan Doyle Finkel '95 on Oct. 29 as the program's all-time leading goal scorer in Villanova Women's Lacrosse history. Villanova is celebrating 50 years of women’s athletics in 2018 by chronicling many of the top teams, student-athletes, coaches and individual moments that have come to define the Wildcats tradition of excellence for the last half century.
One of the top women’s lacrosse players in Villanova history is Meghan Doyle, who played from 1996-99 and remains the program’s all-time leading goal scorer with 138 career goals. Doyle also ranks second in school history in career points and is currently seventh in career goals per game. She still holds the Wildcats single-season records for goals, goals-per-game, points and points-per-game.
Doyle’s career totals in 58 games played include 138 goals, 27 assists and 165 points. She averaged 2.38 career goals per game and surged to the top of the Villanova record book by scoring an incredible 114 goals over her final two collegiate seasons. She tallied 51 goals and 10 assists in 1998, setting the Wildcats single-season goal record for the first time and also tying the former school record with 61 points on the year. Both of those marks were shattered in 1999, when Doyle tallied 63 goals, 10 assists and 73 points in 16 games.
As a junior during the 1998 season, Doyle became only the third player in program history to reach 100 career points. She had 107 career points as of the end of her junior campaign, and it took a three-goal effort on the final day of the season against nationally-ranked Rutgers to break Villanova’s previous single-season goals record (the old record of 49 was set by Leigh Ann Leone in 1993).
Doyle’s senior season in 1999 coincided with the Wildcats joining the Patriot League as an associate member. Doyle was a two-time Offensive Player of the Week during the 1999 season, and following the year was named a first team All-Patriot League honoree.
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