April 3, 2011

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Parker Helps Davidson to Weekend NLC Sweep

from press release

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Sophomore Alanna Parker (Spring Valley, Calif.) made it a perfect weekend for the Wildcats when she tied her career highs with five goals and six points in leading Davidson to a 16-6 National Lacrosse Conference win over visiting Howard at Richardson Stadium on Sunday afternoon in women’s lacrosse.

Davidson moved to 3-9 overall and evened its league mark to 2-2, picking up a pair of NLC wins this weekend over Detroit and Howard. The Bison, on a six-game road swing, fell to 3-9 and 0-4 in NLC play.

Like Friday night when Erin Keitel (Carlsbad, Calif.) assisted the ‘Cats’ in jumping out to an early lead vs. Detroit, Parker did the same on Sunday. The sophomore midfielder registered two of Davidson’s five straight goals to open the game and the Wildcats were in command the rest of the way.

Parker pushed her season goal total to 31, the second year in a row she’s topped the 30-goal mark, and has now scored in 20 straight games dating back to the end of last season. The sophomore also hauled in a season-high tying three groundballs and caused two turnovers in the win.

Jenna Mugele (Baltimore, Md.) netted all three of her goals in the first half when Davidson had an 11-3 lead at the break.

Matching Mugele’s goal total was Ann Fucigna (Darien, Conn.), who gave the ‘Cats a 10-goal lead at 13-3 with 25:32 left in the game.

Five other Wildcats scored single goals, including Natalie Williford (Woodside, Calif.) who found the back of the net for the first time in her collegiate career.

Freshman Erin Doherty (Cincinnati, Ohio) assisted on three goals, including Williford’s in the second half, as she matched a season-best in assists, and finished with season-high tying four points overall. Keitel dished out two assists and had three points on the afternoon. The junior finished the weekend with six goals, four assists and 10 points.

Howard’s Desiree Cox continued her scoring touch this year, leading the Bison attack by putting four shots into the back of the net to give her 38 on the year.

Cox picked up two her goals in a three-goal run by the Bison in the middle stages of the second half that made the score 13-6, but the ‘Cats countered in the final 10:49 of the game with three straight scores to seal the win.

Davidson as a team set season highs in assists (8), shots (33), shots on goal (26), groundballs (22) and caused turnovers (23).

Abigail Doelger (West Hartford, Conn.) matched Parker with a career-best three groundballs and five other Wildcats had two apiece. Doelger along with Parker, Stella Davis (Phoenix, Md.) and Lindsay Cooper (Baltimore, Md.) each had two caused turnovers on the afternoon as 12 of the Bison’s 23 total turnovers were forced.

Between the pipes, goalie Jessica Melby (Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished with nine saves to give her 17 on the weekend.

The Bison’s Amber Meek closed with 10 and had two of Howard’s 14 groundballs.

The Wildcats will take a little break before returning to the lacrosse field on Sunday, Apr. 10 at Liberty for a 1 p.m. contest.


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