Davidson Snuffs Flames for Third Straight Win
from press release
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Freshman Ann Fucigna reached the 30-goal mark on the season with four goals and Davidson picked up its third straight win with a 12-8 road victory at Liberty on Sunday afternoon in women's National Lacrosse Conference action at Osborne Stadium.
Fucigna became the second Wildcat (4-9, 3-2 NLC) to reach the 30-goal mark this year with 31, joining Alanna Parker (32). The freshman scored two of her four goals during a 5-1 run at the end of the first half and into the start of the second half that turned a 4-3 Liberty (5-7, 2-3 NLC) lead into an 8-5 Wildcat advantage.
Joining Fucigna in the scoring column was Paige Logan, Erin Keitel and Jenna Mugele with two goals each, and Erin Doherty and Parker with a goal apiece. Parker pushed her consecutive goal streak to 21 games.
The Flames were led by Kristin Crowley's four scores, while four other players netted single goals.
The first half was a tightly played contest as Davidson and Liberty traded leads five times and were tied four times as well. Liberty's Crowley give her squad a 4-3 lead with back-to-back goals at the 12:38 and 11:41. She also opened the game with a score a minute and a half into the contest.
Davidson finally broke through then in the last eight minutes of the half, scoring the final three goals of the period to capture a 6-4 halftime lead and it would never trail the rest of the way.
Keitel knotted things up at 4-apiece with her second score of the half with 7:49 left on the clock on a free position goal.
Logan then helped the Wildcats net the final two, scoring a goal at the 4:27 mark on a one-on-one move, and then shortly after, assisting on Fucigna's 28th goal of the year with 3:53 left in the half.
The freshman tandem of Fucigna and Logan each tallied a pair of goals in the early goings of the second period for an 8-5 Wildcat lead.
After another Fucigna goal at the 8:02 mark gave Davidson a 10-6 lead, Liberty tried to force its way back in the game with a pair of goals 22 seconds apart during the seven minute mark.
Fucigna and Mugele though iced the game with single goals in the last five minutes to give the Wildcats their third straight NLC win.
Davidson was aggressive on the offensive and defensive ends all afternoon. The 'Cats fired off a season-high tying 33 shots, putting 25 of them on goal, and forced the Flames into 22 turnovers, causing 11 of them. Four of the caused turnovers were from the stick of senior Lily Graham, a career-high for the senior.
Graham also tallied five groundballs, matching fellow senior Lauren Vanhusen for game-high honors. It was a season and personal-best for Vanhusen, who also picked up a pair of draw controls.
Stella Davis, another senior defender, was also on the aggressive attack, hauling in three groundballs and causing a turnover.
Overall, Davidson had 22 groundballs to match its season-best set vs. Howard last week, Apr. 3.
Jessica Melby was credited with five saves between the pipes in the win, while Kristen Masullo stopped 13 Wildcat shots for Liberty.
The Wildcats next return to the lacrosse field for a 1 p.m. contest at Richardson Stadium on the FieldTurf vs. High Point. The Panthers are in their first year of having lacrosse as they joined the NLC this fall.