March 7, 2012

Freshman Leonard Leads St. Francis vs. Davidson

from press release

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Freshman Mary Leonard (Hendersonville, Tenn.) netted a season-best three goals and three other Wildcats had two goals apiece in leading Davidson to a 13-9 decision over visiting Saint Francis (Pa.) in an afternoon women's lacrosse contest in Richardson Stadium on Wednesday.

Davidson ran its overall record to 2-3 with the non-conference win and moved to 3-0 all-time vs. the Red Flash. The 'Cats are 2-2 so far on their current six-game homestand.

Leonard was joined in the scoring column by Erin Doherty(Cincinnati, Ohio), Ann Fucigna (Darien, Conn.) and Jenna Mugele (Baltimore, Md.), who all registered two goals apiece. Four other Wildcats tallied single goals, with Alanna Parker(Spring Valley, Calif.) and Catherine Schmidt (Brightwater, N.Y.) picking up single assists to go with their one goal each.

For the Red Flash (1-2), Danielle Conwell and Kate Simmons put two each in the back of the net, while five other players scored single goals.

After Simmons gave Saint Francis a brief 1-0 lead five minutes into the contest, Leonard got the Wildcats rolling scoring the first two goals of a 6-0 run. She scored almost a minute later after Simmons and then gave Davidson the lead for good at 2-1 with 23:12 on the clock.

Fucigna added the next two goals, pushing her consecutive streak of two or more goals in a game to 15, and Mugele and Schmidt capped the run off with a goals for a 6-1 lead. Mugele netted her second goal of the season, while Schmidt scored her first collegiate one.

Saint Francis cut the lead to three with two goals before the end of the half for a 6-3 score.

The Red Flash then came out of the break to get within one, 7-6, on Casey Burk's goal off a pass from Conwell with 18:46 left in the contest. Davidson saw Saint Francis score three of the first four goals of the new half and called a timeout.

Mugele answered back after the quick break with a free-position goal and it sparked a 5-0 run by the Wildcats that would put the game away. Doherty (twice), Parker and Erin Keitel (Carlsbad, Calif.) all scored during the run, and Davidson had a 12-6 lead, forcing Saint Francis to burn a timeout.

The defense took care of the rest, allowing just three more goals in the final four minutes and Emily Cooke (Woodstock, Md.) scored the final Davidson goal for the four-goal win.

Junior goalie Jessica Melby (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had a strong game between the pipes, recording her third double-digit save game with 10. SFU's Caitlin Flynn stopped nine of the Wildcats' 28 shots.

Diane Girling (Lynchburg, Va.) had a team-best and season-high four groundballs, while Parker led the team with three draw controls. Davidson finished with 11 groundballs and 12 draw controls to tie Saint Francis in both categories.

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