Cooke Sets Assist Mark as Davidson Beats Elon
from press release
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Sophomore Emma
Sissman had career highs of five goals and six points, and junior
Emily Cooke broke the program's all-time record for career assists
in helping lead Davidson to a 15-8 win at home against Elon
Saturday afternoon in women's lacrosse at Richardson Stadium.
Cooke dished out a pair of assists in the win to give her 78 for her career, breaking the record of 77 set by Linda Rothmund from 1996-99. The junior, who has 15 assists on the year, added a goal for three points and increased her team-high point total to 19.
Last year saw Cooke set the Wildcat single-season record for assists with 55, while also earning a new single season mark of 87 points.
Davidson snapped its two-game losing skid to move to 2-5 on the year, while Elon fell to 4-6 in its first year of women's lacrosse.
Sissman pushed her team-best goal total to 15 on the season with her five scores on seven shots and added her first assist of the year to give her 16 points. She also excelled on the defensive end, picking up a career-high four groundballs and earning six draw controls.
The midfielder helped the Wildcats jump out to a 9-3 lead after 30 minutes of play by picking up four points, three of them on goals, in the first half. Her first assist on the season came a minute and a half into the start of the game for a 1-0 Wildcat lead. Sissman then capped off the first half with two free-position goals in the last 1:45 to give the 'Cats the six-goal lead.
Ann Fucigna had a season-high five points on two goals and a season-best three assists. Emily Rademacher scored three goals, while Mary Leonard added a pair of goals.
Kacey Merlini's first collegiate goal helped Davidson double up Elon, 10-5, with 13:10 left in the second half.
Elon's Olivia Fernandez scored three goals and Sydney Hesselbein had three points on two goals and an assist.
Davidson finished with advantages in shots (24-19), groundballs (18-13) and draw controls (14-11). The Wildcats also went a season-best 4-for-6 on free-position shots and cleared 12 of their 14 clear attempts.
Paige Logan had a strong game on defense, tying her season-high with five groundballs and setting a new season-best with four draw controls. The senior captain was also one of three 'Cats to force two turnovers and Davidson for the second game in a row had a season-high 10 caused turnovers.
Katy Boyle stopped six shots in goal for the win. Elon's Rachel Ramirez was credited with five saves to go with four groundballs and a caused turnover.
The Wildcats will play their lone road game in a five-game stretch next at Saint Francis, March 29.
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