March 24, 2012

Fucigna 10-Point Game Leads Davidson to Win

from press release

DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Davidson women’s lacrosse team broke out of its two-game losing skid in a big way, scoring a season-best 21 goals with Ann Fucigna tallying five goals and five assists in leading the ‘Cats to a 21-15 win over Presbyterian on Saturday afternoon at Richardson Stadium in both teams first National Lacrosse Conference game of the season.

The game featured 36 combined goals with the teams registering 56 shots combined, and nine players in all, seven of them Wildcats, recording a multi-goal game. Not even a lighting sighting in the area, which delayed the game late in the second half for 30 minutes, could stop either team offensively.

Fucigna’s 10 points were one off the single-game school record as she set personal bests in assists and points. The sophomore last year had a career-high six goals vs. the Blue Hose on her way to nine points in a 17-11 road win.

Emily Cooke and Erin Keitel each tallied a hat trick for Davidson (4-5, 1-0 NLC), while Erin Doherty, Jenna Mugele, Emily Rademacher and Mary Leonard had two goals apiece. Cooke and Doherty finished with two assists each, and Liz Edwards had her first goal and assist of the season.

Catherine Ellis added to her team-leading 20 goals for Presbyterian by finding the back of the net seven times, while Brianne Ward had two goals. Megan Schaaf had a team-high two assists.

The Wildcats jumped out the gate fast, scoring three goals in less than 1:30 to open the contest and Presbyterian burned a timeout at the 28:32 mark. Alanna Parker, Keitel and Fucigna each scored, with Doherty and Cooke picking up an assist each.

After a quick PC goal by Ellis, Davidson struck again with another three straight goals in just over a minute of action. Keitel capped if off with a score 17 seconds after Cooke had scored for a 6-1 lead with 26:22 on the clock.

Presbyterian (1-8, 0-1 NLC) though got going, finding the back of the net four times in the next six minutes, and after 10 minutes of action the score was 7-5. Davidson countered with a 5-0 run for what looked like a commanding 12-5 lead with 7:39 left in the first half. Doherty tallied two goals and an assist during the scoring spurt.

But the Blue Hose did not back down, scoring the next four goals, including one with 46 seconds left by Ellis on a free-position attempt, and it was 12-9 at halftime.

The ‘Cats lead then was cut to one goal, 13-12, on another Ellis goal seven minutes into the start of the second half.

Davidson finally put the game away when it rattled off seven unanswered goals from the 19:58 mark until the 12:15 mark to grab a 19-12 lead. Play was halted with 13:15 on the clock because of lighting, but it never stopped the Wildcats from taking control.  

Fucigna scored three times in the rally and assisted on Mugele’s second goal during the run. Edwards sealed the winning rally when she assisted on Fucigna’s third goal of the spurt and then scored one of her own on a free-position shot.

Keitel gave the Wildcats their final goal off an pass from Fucigna with 4:18 remaining. The 21 goals were the most scored for the ‘Cats since netting 21 in a home win vs. Liberty on April 24, 2010.

Doherty tallied a career-high nine draw controls, while Sarah Duncan had a season-best three. Parker forced two turnovers and was one of three Wildcats with three groundballs.

Freshman Katy Boyle was credited with her first collegiate win, playing just over 50 minutes and saving three shots. Presbyterian’s Susan England and Samantha Arey split time between the pipes, finishing with five combined saves.

The Wildcats remain at home and will host Oregon for the first time since 2007 for a 6 p.m. contest Tuesday, March 27.

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