April 22, 2012

Davidson Rolls Over Liberty on Senior Day

from press release

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Sophomore Ann Fucigna (Darien, Conn.) made sure her two senior teammates would close their last regular season home game as a Wildcat in winning fashion by picking up eight points in guiding Davidson to its third straight win, an 18-11 National Lacrosse Conference triumph over visiting Liberty on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Richardson Stadium in women's lacrosse.

Prior to the start of the game, seniors Erin Keitel (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Jenna Mugele (Baltimore, Md.) were each honored as part of Senior Day. Keitel finished with a goal and assist. Mugele was making her 11th start on the season.

Fucigna reached the 40-goal mark for the second straight season, sitting at 42 after she tied her season-best with five goals. The sophomore added three assists to give her 17 on the season. She is just five points away from tying the single-season points mark of 64 and seven goals away from tying her own single-season record of 49 goals set last year.

The second-year player helped the Wildcats erase a 5-2 deficit in the first half by scoring three goals and assisting on two others in the last 18 minutes of the half to give the 'Cats a commanding 11-6 lead at the break.

Junior Alanna Parker (Spring Valley, Calif.) had her second big game in a row, netting four goals to go with three draw controls. She was coming off a five-goal game on Friday in a win vs. Longwood.

Emily Cooke (Woodstock, Md.) and Erin Doherty (Cincinnati, Ohio) rounded out the multi-goal scorers with three goals each. Cooke dished off a pair of assists for five points, matching her season-high.

Liberty's Kacie Fogle had five points on four goals and an assist, while Nina Dunay had three goals and Jen Moyer chipped in a pair of scores.

Fogle was part of a 5-1 run in the early stages of the game that gave the Flames a lead. She netted a free-position shot at the 24:34 mark and then capped off the scoring spurt with a goal off an assist from Sam Struss at 17:57.

Davidson charged back after calling a timeout, with Doherty finding the back of the net less than a minute after Fogle's goal, and then just under three minutes later, made it 5-4 on a free-position goal. The sophomore pushed her goal total to 24.

Fucigna knotted things up at 5-all 25 seconds after Doherty's free-position goal and Parker gave Davidson the lead for good on her own free-position goal.

After Moyer brought Liberty back to within one, 7-6, the 'Cats pulled away to close the first half. They used a 4-0 run to grab the five-goal lead at the break.

Down 13-6, Liberty tried to counter, getting three straight goals in a two-minute stretch that make it 13-9. Fucigna though halted that run, with her 41st goal off Cooke's seventh assist and the Wildcats rattled off three more goals to push the lead out to 17-9 with 8:21 left in the game.

Freshman Diane Girling (Lynchburg, Va.) netted her first collegiate goal during the scoring rally. She caused a turnover at midfield, picked up the groundball and raced down to the other end, firing a shot to the top-shelf for the 'Cats' 17th goal of the game. Fucigna closed out the scoring for Davidson with a goal at the 4:46 mark off a great pass from Keitel in the circle.

Davidson fired off a season-best 48 shots, putting 30 of them on goal. It also had 17 draw controls and went 4-for-8 on free-position shots.

Junior Jessica Melby (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won her third in a row between the pipes, finishing with seven saves. Doherty (7) and Girling (5) combined for 12 draw controls, while Girling also picked up a season-best five groundballs.

The Wildcats wrap up their regular season with a trip to High Point Saturday, April 28, at 6 p.m.

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