March 10, 2012

Davidson Nips Siena in Final Minute

from press release

DAVIDSON, N.C. – With time running down, Ann Fucigna drove into the half circle from the left side and fired in the game-winning goal with 29 ticks left and Davidson overcame a three-goal deficit in the second half to earn a thrilling 14-13 victory on Saturday afternoon over Siena in Richardson Stadium in women’s lacrosse.

After Fucigna caused a turnover with 2:44 on the clock, Davidson called a timeout to run one last play. Out of the break, the Wildcats ran the clock all the way down to 35 seconds, when Fucigna, behind the goal on the left side, raced in past the defense and fired a shot that went through the legs of the Saint’s goalie for the winning score with 29 seconds left.

Fucigna, who scored a pair of goals on the afternoon, sealed the win by getting the draw control on the next possession and Davidson (3-3) ran out the clock for its second straight win. The second-year player pushed her multi-goal streak to 16 straight games.

Siena (0-6), which overcame a three-goal deficit of its own to start the second half, had taken a three-goal lead at 12-9 with 14:46 left when Deirdre McQuillan scored her third goal of the half. McQuillan led all scorers with five goals. She teamed with Kristin McMillan for five of the seven goals the Saints had scored at that point to open the second half.

Siena though, would only score one more goal in the last 14 minutes, allowing the Wildcats to charge back.

Emily Cooke started the comeback, scoring back-to-back goals on great passes from Erin Doherty. Cooke finished with three points, adding assist, while Doherty tallied three points as well on a goal and two assists.

McQuillan made it 13-11 after Cooke’s two goals, but senior Erin Keitel kept the Wildcats in the contest when she netted two scores of her own less than a minute apart. The senior captain made it 13-12 on a free-position goal with 3:52 left, and then knotted things up at 13-all on her eighth goal of the season at the 3:08 mark.

Catherine Schmidt (2 goals, 1 assist) had given the Wildcats an early 8-5 lead to open the second period, but Siena rallied back behind the duo of McQuillan and McMillan.

Freshman Mary Leonard had her second straight three-goal game, and added an assist for a season-best four points. In all, eight Wildcats found the back of the net.

Joining McQuillan and McMillan (2 goals, 1 assist) with multiple goals for Siena was Katie Maguire (3) and Michelle Andreo (2).

Davidson opened the game scoring four of the first five goals for a 4-1 lead, forcing Siena to burn a timeout early. The lead was pushed out to 7-3 on Fucigna’s goal off an assist from Schmidt with 4:36 left in the first half. Just 16 seconds prior, the duo of Schmidt and Leonard had hooked up for the ‘Cats’ sixth goal.

Siena hung around, making it 7-5 when Maguire netted a goal at the 1:47 mark, and then with just 43 ticks left, hit another one to made the deficit two at halftime.

Junior Jessica Melby finished with four saves and added three groundballs to go with a caused turnover. Doherty had a team-best five draw controls, while Diane Girling was stout on defense, picking up three groundballs, four draw controls and causing a pair of turnovers.

Davidson wraps up its six-game homestand with a 6 p.m. contest on Wednesday, March 14, against Lafayette.

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