Seniors Shine as 'Cats Roll to 21-4 Win over Liberty

DAVIDSON, N.C. - The senior trio of Emily Rahill, Jen Crawford and Haley Cook combined for nine goals and 17 points, while fellow senior goalie Michelle Pav allowed just one goal in sending the Wildcats to a 21-4 National Lacrosse Conference win over Liberty in Davidson's final regular season game on Saturday afternoon at Richardson Stadium.

On a day Rahill, Crawford, Cook and Pav were honored for Senior Day, the quartet of seniors helped Davidson (7-8, 5-1 NLC) to season highs of 21 goals, 11 assists and 32 points, while hold their opponent to a season-low four goals.

Cook set a personal-best with eight points on game highs of four goals and four assists (a career-high), while Crawford (3 goals/2 assists), Alanna Parker, Kenna Classen and Alexandra DeFrancesch each found the back of the net three times. For DeFrancesch, it was her first three collegiate goals as she was a perfect three for three on her shot attempts on goal.

Rahill matched Parker with a career-best four points on two goals and two assists, while she teamed with Erin McGuire for 10 of Davidson's 21 draw controls. The five draw controls for the senior surpassed her previous personal-best of three set earlier this year.

Liberty (1-11, 1-5 NLC) was paced by Kristin Crowley's three points on a pair of goals and an assist.

The senior trio of Rahill, Cook and Crawford set the tone early as Davidson scored six times in the first six and half minutes. Rahill opened the game with a goal 20 seconds into the start of the half. Two minutes later, Cook netted the first of back-to-back scores and Crawford added her 10th assist of the season on Parker's second goal during the six-and-half minute span.

Rahill, Cook and Crawford had their hands on 12 of the Wildcats' 16 first-half goals. Cook and Rahill hooked up at the 19:47 mark, and then Cook and Crawford followed by hooking up less than a minute later for a 9-0 lead. Cook's two scores pushed her season total to 35 goals.

Up 14-0 after a Classen free-position goal at the 5:40 mark, the shutout was broken when Crowley netted her first goal of the game with a little less than three minutes left in the first half.

Crawford netted her final goal of the game and 38th of the season with 1:57 remaining and Erin Keitel finished out the Wildcats half with her eighth score of the year for a 16-1 lead.

The second half saw Jessica Palfrey and DeFrancesch score all five of the 'Cats goals in the half, while Cook earned three of her four assists during the half. Also picking up an assist in the half was Lindsay Cooper, her eighth of the season.

Pav was credited with her seventh win, allowing just one goal in 30 minutes of action. Jessica Melby closed out the rest of the game, allowing just three goals in the final 30 minutes in her third collegiate goal between the pipes.

Rahill, Lauren Vanhusen and Stella Davis were each credited with a pair of groundballs as Davidson held a 12-8 edge in that category. The 'Cats also held a 34-7 lead in shots, 21-6 edge on draw controls and had a season-low 10 turnovers.

The Wildcats will head to the NLC Tournament next weekend, Apr. 29-May 2, in Farmville, Va. as the No. 2 seed. Longwood, which will be the top seed, is the host school.

2010-04-24



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