Sixth Straight Keeps Davidson Perfect in Big South
from press release
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Sophomore Emily Cooke
registered her third eight-point outing in the past four games and
Davidson tied a school record with its sixth straight win on an
11-9 victory at home against rival High Point Friday evening at
Richardson Stadium in women’s lacrosse.
The Wildcats remained perfect in Big South action at 5-0 and moved to 8-5 overall. They tied the best winning streak in program history, set twice from 2007-08 and during the 2008 season.
Cooke continued her torrid scoring pace this year with a goal and seven assists to lead the offense. She rattled off three straight assists to open the second half and assisted on the insurance goal at the six-minute mark. The school-record holder in single-season assists, Cooke pushed her total to 42 on the season to go with 24 goals for 66 points, second-most in a single-season.
Emma Sissman fired in three goals, including two in the first four minutes when the Wildcats jumped out to an early 4-2 lead.
Alanna Parker and Mary Leonard each scored a pair, with Leonard’s final goal being the game-winner with 10:31 left in the contest.
High Point (6-7, 4-1 Big South), which suffered its first league defeat, was led by Grace Gaeng and Emily Meier with two goals each. Five other Panthers scored single goals.
In a battle of the top two teams in the Big South, the game went down-to-the-wire. The largest lead was two by the Wildcats, which they held that advantage three different times, but High Point kept coming back.
Leonard tied things up at 6-all with a goal to open the second half and it sparked a 3-0 run to give Davidson the 8-6 lead. But, High Point’s Sara Kuhlman and Jasmine Jordan erased that with back-to-back goals in a two and a half minute stretch. Jordan’s goal came off a forced turnover that she caused on defense, then picked up the groundball and raced all the way to the other end of the field and scored the tying goal with 17:30 on the clock.
Liz Edwards netted her third goal of the season for Davidson for a 9-8 lead, but it was short-lived as Meier knotted the score up at 9-all with a goal at the 13:01 mark. There were seven ties in all during the course of the game.
Davidson got the draw control on the next possession and worked the ball around until Leonard fired in the game-winner. Parker tacked on the final goal with a score while she was falling down in the circle for the 11-9 win.
After the ‘Cats grabbed the 4-2 lead in the first, High Point’s Gaeng and Allie Foard tied it up with goals less than 30 seconds apart from each other. Sissman gave Davidson the lead right back at 5-4, but Gaeng and Alec Perry scored the final two goals of the half in the last 1:11 to give the Panthers the 6-5 edge going into halftime.
Goalie Jessica Melby was solid between the pipes, stopping a season-best 13 shots. The senior has allowed just 13 goals in the past three games and held eight of Davidson’s 13 opponents to under 10 goals for the game.
HPU held a 30-19 lead on shots and picked up 18 groundballs to Davidson’s nine, but the Wildcats were a perfect 16-for-16 on clear attempts and matched the Panthers with 11 draw controls.
Davidson seeks a new school-record seventh win in a row when it takes to the road for a 1 p.m. Big South contest at Coastal Carolina Sunday, April 14. Coastal Carolina is in its first year of lacrosse.