Davidson Wins Record 12th, On to Big South Final
from press release
HIGH POINT, N.C. — The senior duo
of Erin Doherty and Ann Fucigna combined for nine goals, and both
helped spark a 4-0 run that broke up a tie to send Davidson back to
the Big South Championship game with a 12-9 victory over Longwood
Friday night in women's lacrosse at Vert Stadium.
Davidson, which set a new school-record with its 12th victory, advances to play top-seeded High Point for the second year in a row in the championship game Sunday at 2 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN3.
Tied at 8-all with 17:13 to go in the second half, Fucigna started the winning rally for Davidson (12-6) with her fourth goal of the game to break up the tie and Doherty added a pair of scores over the next 10 minutes as the Wildcats never looked back in earning the three-goal win.
Fresh off a career-high five-goal outing Wednesday in the quarterfinals, Doherty matched her output with another five-goal night to pace the offense. Fucigna followed with her four goals to give her 39 on the season.
Emily Cooke assisted on three of Doherty's goals, giving her 40 on the year, while freshman Nicole Pettiglio had two goals and an assist. Emily Rademacher added a goal and an assist.
Longwood's (9-10) Kacey Norwood had three goals, while Mary Barondess and Katie McHugh tallied two each.
The first half featured four ties and five lead changes, with the 'Cats grabbing the last lead at 6-5 before the break. Fucigna scored her third goal of the half to help Davidson to the one-goal advantage. Doherty kept her hot streak going by getting a pair of scores in the half off two assists from Cooke.
Davidson was up 3-1 after a 3-0 run, but Longwood countered with its own 3-0 run, getting two assists from Lauren Prasnicki, to go up 4-3. From there, it went back-and-forth until Fucigna's goal made it 6-5.
Rademacher opened the new half with her 30th goal, and later Doherty and Cooke hooked up for the third time to give Davidson an 8-6 lead at the 20:34 mark. But, Longwood answered a minute later with Norwood's 52nd goal of the year and then tied it up for the fifth time on Barondess' goal with 17:13 remaining.
The tie did not last long as Davidson flexed its offense by going on its 4-0, starting with back-to-back goals from Fucigna and Pettiglio just 33 seconds apart of each other for a 10-8 lead and just over 15 minutes to play.
Longwood halted the 'Cats run later with Norwood's third score of the game to make it 12-9, but it was too little too late as Davidson forced a couple of late turnovers and ran out the clock for the win.
Goalie Katy Boyle and her defensive teammates held strong after the 'Cats broke up the tie. The junior finished with four saves and three groundballs, while Paige Logan and Rebecca Garman also picked up three groundballs each.
Emma Sissman set a new single-season record for draw controls with five in the game to give her 72, breaking Erin Doherty's mark of 69 set in 2012.
GAME NOTES: Davidson has won 11 of its last 12 games, including a school-record nine-game win streak … Sissman is five goals away from matching the program's single-season goal mark of 53 set by Fucigna in 2013 … head coach Kim Wayne won her 52nd career game, most in program history … Davidson improved to 10-7 all-time vs. Longwood.
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