Davidson Wins NLC Battle with Presbyterian

DAVIDSON, N.C. - Senior Jen Crawford (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) registered a game-high four goals and Davidson as a team tallied season highs of 32 groundballs and 29 forced turnovers in cruising to a 13-5 National Lacrosse Conference win over Presbyterian on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Richardson Stadium.

Crawford helped the Wildcats (5-6, 3-1 NLC) pick up their third league win with a pair of goals each in the first and second halves to take over the team lead with 28 on the season. Two more goals and she will have her third straight 30-goal season as she has netted a 113 for her career.

The trio of Jenna Mugele (Baltimore, Md.), Alanna Parker (Spring Valley, Calif.) and Lindsay Cooper (Baltimore, Md.) assisted the Wildcats to a season-high in groundballs with a combined 17 between them. Parker, who also netted her 22nd goal of the season, and Cooper had a season-best six each, while Mugele picked up five. Parker's six gave her 21 groundballs on the season, matching Erin McGuire (Bishopville, Md.) for the team lead.

Cooper and Lily Graham (Washington, D.C.) each caused two of Davidson's 10 caused turnovers on defense.

Presbyterian (2-9, 1-2 NLC) was led offensively by Jenna Handshoe's and Marie-Lisette Dimitrew's two goals apiece.

Sophomore Anna Smith (Newburyport, Mass.) got the 'Cats rolling in the first eight minutes by connecting on a pair of goals and Davidson held a 5-0 lead after Emily Rahill (Ridgewood, N.J.) netted her 12th goal at the 17:08 mark.

The Blue Hose came back with two goals of their own, but Davidson went into halftime up 7-2 after Crawford hit the Wildcats' third free-position goal of the half with 50 second left. Prior to that, Erin Keitel, who had two goals in the game, put one in the back of the net off a nice feed from McGuire on the right side of the eight-meter circle.

Davidson put the game out of reach with four straight scores to open up the second half, including Haley Cook's (Darien, Conn.) 27th score of the year, and 104th of her career, with 13:18 left and the Wildcats leading 11-2. Cook has had 10 multi-goal games this year as she opened up the game with a goal a minute into the start of the contest.

Dimitrew and the Blue Hose regrouped a bit, going on a 3-0 run of their own with Dimitrew scoring back-to-back goals at the 13:05 and 10:06 marks to bring the score to 11-5 and force a Wildcat timeout.

But, after four minutes had past after the timeout, Mugele and Crawford sealed the win with a goal each about 30 seconds apart during the five minute mark for the final score of 13-5.

Goalie Michelle Pav (Golden, Colo.) had her third straight double-digit save game, halting 10 PC shots to push her season total to 83. She stopped a combined 32 shots the last three contests.

The Blue Hose's Erin McBurnette was credited with 17 saves, 12 of them in the second half.

Davidson had a season-best 46 shots, putting 30 of them on goal. Presbyterian did hold an 11-9 advantage in draw controls, but were only 14 of 23 when it came to clear attempts, compared to the Wildcats' 22 of 27.

The Wildcats take a little break before hitting the road next weekend for a 12:00 p.m. contest at Duke, Apr. 4.


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