April 1, 2014

Davidson Wins Third Straight Behind Sissman's Four Goals

from press release

DAVIDSON, N.C.  — Sophomore Emma Sissman scored four goals, including the game-winner with 7:34 left, and Davidson won its third in a row by taking home a 10-9 victory against Old Dominion Tuesday night under the lights at Richardson Stadium in women's lacrosse.
The Wildcats (4-5) held off a last two-minute effort by ODU to win the first matchup between both teams. The Monarchs had the ball twice in the last two minutes, including once in Davidson's zone, but the 'Cats' defense stepped up and forced a pair of turnovers to preserve the win. It was Old Dominion's second straight one-goal defeat after falling to Virginia Tech 18-17 last Saturday.
Sissman led three 'Cats who had multiple goals with her four scores to push her season total to a team-best 21. Ann Fucigna continued her hot-scoring streak with five points on three goals and two assists. She has tallied 19 points in the last four games on 12 goals and seven assists.
Emily Rademacher chipped in a pair of goals, while Emily Cooke added two assists and Annie Brockett had the first assist of her career.
The Monarchs (3-9) saw Christina Rea pace them with three goals, two of which helped tie the score at 9-all in the second half. Emily Austerberry added two goals and Ashmore Standing had a goal and assist for two points.
Tied at 9-all after Rea capped off a 3-0 run by ODU with her third goal of the game, Davidson finally broke its scoreless drought behind Sissman and Cooke. Held without a goal since Rademacher's free-position score at the 27:25 mark, Cooke found an open Sissman in the middle of the circle and fired a pass to her, which was then quickly fired off by Sissman to the back of the net for the game-winner with 7:34 on the clock.
With just under two and a half minutes, Old Dominion would force a Wildcat turnover and call a timeout at the two- minute mark. Out of the break though, Holly Thomas caused a turnover on Austerberry and Davidson regained possession with 1:22 left. But after the Wildcats cleared the ball out of their defensive zone, they turned it over with 33 ticks remaining to give the ball back to ODU one last time.
Defender Paige Logan though made sure ODU did not have a last-second shot attempt by forcing a quick turnover before the Monarchs could even get the ball past midfield with 24 ticks left to ice the game.
The first half saw Davidson strike quickly with two goals in just under two minutes. It was short-lived as ODU tied it up later with two of its own goals. Ann Fucigna then went on a personal scoring spree with three straight goals and the Wildcats broke free by scoring six of the next nine goals to head into halftime up 8-5.
Sissman picked up five of Davidson's game-high 12 draw controls, while Fucigna and Maddy Sivilli had three groundballs each to help the Wildcats to 15 for the game.
Davidson opens Big South play Friday evening at home against Winthrop starting at 7 p.m.  The Wildcats are the reigning regular-season champions after going undefeated last year.

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