Crawford's Seven Points Help ‘Cats Down Lafayette

DAVIDSON, D.C. - Senior Jen Crawford (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) recorded a career-best seven points, while freshman Alanna Parker (Spring Valley, Calif.) added a season-high five goals in leading Davidson to a 16-7 win over Lafayette on Wednesday evening at Richardson Stadium in women's lacrosse action.

Crawford helped the Wildcats (4-4) race out to a 4-0 lead through the first 14 minutes with a pair of goals and an assist on her way to game highs of five goals and two assists in the winning effort. Parker tallied four of her five goals in the second half when Davidson opened up a 10-goal lead on its way to its third straight win. The freshman pushed her season totals to 17 goals and 25 points, while Crawford saw her season totals run to 21 goals, five assists and a team-high 26 points.

Joining those two in the scoring column was Jenna Mugele (Baltimore, Md.) and Haley Cook (Darien, Conn.) with two scores each, while freshman Erin McGuire (Bishopville, Md.) netted her first collegiate goal and tacked on an assist. Emily Rahill also netted a goal, while Lindsay Cooper (Baltimore, Md.) and Erin Keitel (Carlsbad, Calif.) each had an assist.

The Leopards (0-7) were led by Addie Godfrey's three goals, while four other players each netted a goal apiece.

While Crawford was giving the Wildcats the early lead, the defense was playing shutout ball. The 'Cats defense did not give up a shot on goal for the first 14 minutes of the game, and did not allow a score until Godfrey pushed across a goal at the 14:04 mark to make the score 4-1.

The defense forced the Leopards' into 21 turnovers as Cooper and McGuire each forced two turnovers themselves.

After Godfrey's goal, Lafayette found its footing on offense, scoring two of the next three goals to cut the Wildcat lead down to two at 5-3 with 9:54 remaining in the half.

Crawford though struck again, this time assisting on Mugele's second goal of the half, and Rahill along with Cook also scored over the next eight minutes as the lead was pushed out to 8-3. A Lauren Brown goal made the halftime score 8-4.

Davidson then got some separation at the start of the second half, scoring four of the first five goals through the first 10 minutes of the new half to grab a 12-5 lead. Parker scored twice for the 'Cats in that run, while Crawford netted her 19th goal.

Parker and Crawford were not done as they helped seal the win for Davidson with another pair of goals each. Parker netted back-to-back scores at the 18:02 and 16:26 marks for a 14-5 lead. Crawford followed with a score less than a minute later off a nice pass from Cooper, and then finished off the scoring for the 'Cats with her fifth and final goal off a free position shot with five minutes left in the game.

The Wildcats took advantage of their free-position attempts, connecting on six of their eight attempts, with Parker and Crawford going a combined 5 for 6.

Michelle Pav (Golden, Colo.) earned her third straight win in goal, getting six saves. Emily Bjork of Lafayette finished with 11 saves.

Davidson held a 30-23 advantage in shots, while earning 17 draw controls, six of them by Crawford, to the Leopards' eight. Lafayette closed with one more groundball then the 'Cats at 14-13.

The Wildcats remain at home and play Longwood in a National Lacrosse Conference game on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

2010-03-17



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