April 4, 2009

Rawlick, Mids Run Down Davidson

from press release

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Junior standout Erin Rawlick (Forest Hill, Md.) continued her torrid spring, scoring five goals and registering a game-high seven points in leading the Navy women's lacrosse team to a 13-6 victory over Davidson on a windy afternoon Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

With the win, the Mids run their record to 8-3 on the spring, while the visiting Wildcats fall to 5-7.

"We are happy to get back on track at home after two setbacks here last week," said Navy head coach Cindy Timchal. "Last year we suffered a tough loss at Davidson, so we knew we would have to bring our `A' game if we were going to be successful today. We came out with a lot of energy, stayed disciplined for the most part and overall, I thought it was a strong effort."

Rawlick, the nation's fourth leading scorer in the nation entering the week, had four points (2 g, 2 a) in the first half and then added three scores over the final 30 minutes as the Mids began to pull away after a tight first half.

It was her seventh game this season with at least five points and her 20th career hat trick. In 11 games, she has now racked up 60 points (30 g, 30 a), putting her over the 150-point mark for her career (97-54-151).

Sophomore Katrina Nietsch (New Canaan, Conn.) added four points (2 g, 2 a) to go along with four ground balls, freshman Dani Vivonetto (Rocky Point, N.Y.) contributed three goals and sophomore Lexi Dauernheim (Monterey, Calif.) scored twice on two shots for the Mids.

Navy also received a strong all-around effort from second-year midfielder Caitlin Mandrin Hill (Annapolis, Md.). Mandrin Hill finished with a goal and an assist, three draw controls and a game-high four caused turnovers.

Things got off to an awfully quick start, as Nietsch controlled the opening draw and connected with Vivonetto just seven seconds in to score fastest goal to start a game in NCAA history.

The previous fastest goal scored had come with just eight seconds off the clock - a mark met on three occasions, most recently by Cornell's Courtney Farrell in a win over Loyola (Md.) during the 2007 season.

Navy would jump out to an early 3-1 advantage at the 21:12 mark, but its lead would grow no further as it remained a close contest with the two teams trading goal-for-goal throughout the opening period.

Leading 5-4 late in the half, senior defender Kristen Laraway (Long Valley, N.J.) jawed the ball loose from a Wildcat attacker and led a late-rush up the field that resulted in a Lexi Dauernheim tally with only 41 seconds to play to put Navy ahead 6-4 into the break.

Navy reeled off three unanswered in the first five minutes of the second half and after Davidson responded with back-to-back tallies midway through the period, the Mids scored three more goals, this time over a 49-second span to grab a 12-6 advantage with over eight minutes to play.

A late Vivonetto score off a pretty feed from Mandrin Hill with 3:42 remaining created the final margin and Navy would run out the clock for its eighth win of the season.

Freshman Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) was once again solid in manning the cage for the Mids. Ponchione finished with six saves, three on eight-meter attempts, and lowered her conference-best goals-against average to 8.33.

The Mids outshot Davidson, 24-18, won 13-of-21 draw controls and grabbed 20 ground balls to the visitor's 13. The Mids also forced 15 turnovers, nine of which were caused by Navy players.

Navy returns home for a pair of games next week, beginning on Tuesday when St. Mary's (Calif.) visits Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Opening draw in that contest is set for 4:00 pm.

Notes: By virtue of Holy Cross' triple overtime win over Lehigh on Saturday, the Mids now own sole possession of second place in the Patriot League standings with two games left to play ... Navy can secure a postseason tournament berth for the second-straight year with one win in its remaining two league games ... Rawlick extended her goal scoring streak to 28 games (8th-longest in the nation) ... the Mids are now 15-2 all-time at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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