Wildcat Duo Guides Davidson into Big South Semis
from Press Release
DAVIDSON, N.C. — The duo of Erin Doherty and Emma Sissman combined for 10 goals and three assists, and Davidson held off a late Liberty rally to earn an 18-10 quarterfinal win in the Big South Women's Lacrosse Tournament Wednesday evening at Richardson Stadium.
Davidson, which matched a program-best with its 11th win of the season, now heads to the semifinals with a matchup against third-seeded Longwood Friday at 7 p.m. The semis and championship game are being hosted by top-seeded High Point.
The Wildcats (11-6) nearly saw their six-goal second half advantage erased when Liberty (2-16) got to within two twice late in the half, but the pair of Doherty and Sissman made sure the lead would hold by combining to score four goals and assisting on two others in the final eight minutes to secure the win.
Davidson is a perfect 8-0 all-time against the Flames since first playing them in 2010, with three of those wins coming in tournament play.
Doherty had a career-high eight points on a career-best five goals to go with three assists, while Sissman pushed her career-high goal total to 48 with five of her own goals. The sophomore also pulled in a personal-best 11 draw controls.
Emily Rademacher nearly gave the Wildcats three five-goal scorers, finishing with a personal-best four goals to go with four groundballs, three draw controls and a caused turnover.
Also joining in on the scoring was Ann Fucigna with five points on a goal and a season-high four assists, while Annie Brockett netted her third goal of the season, Lucy Sexton her fourth and Arden Simone the first of her career.
Liberty was led by Sam Struss' five goals, while Morgan Becker picked up three. Struss was a one-person scoring machine in leading the Flames back from an 11-5 deficit, going on a three-goal run of her own as part of four straight Flame goals to make it 11-9 with 13:16 on the clock.
Up two, Sissman and Doherty answered by hooking up twice in a seven-minute span, with Sissman scoring three times during the stretch to make it 14-10 with 5:27 left in the game. The Flames had cut the deficit to 12-10 on a Becker goal, but Sissman started a 6-0 Wildcat run with back-to-back goals to finish out the victory.
Erin Doherty lead Davidson to an 8-2 advantage in the first half by scoring three times, including a pair in the last 2:22. The senior then scored her third straight off Fucigna's second assist in a row to start the second half and give the Wildcats their biggest lead at the time, 9-2.
Goalie Katy Boyle finished with seven saves, helping hold the Flames scoreless in the final 10:31 of the game. She also pulled in a career-high four groundballs. Liberty's Kristen Masullo was credited with 10 saves.
Davidson outshot Liberty, 33-22, while dominating the draw control at 20-9. Liberty had a 20-18 edge on groundballs.
GAME NOTES: Davidson has won 10 of its last 11 games, including run off a school-record nine-game win streak ... the 'Cats ended the year at home on a six-game win streak, finishing 6-2 overall ... Sissman is five goals away from matching the program's single-season goal mark of 53 set by Fucigna in 2013 ... her 67 draw controls are two away from tying the single-season record of 69 set in 2012 by Doherty.
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