Longwood Defeats Davidson in NLC Championship

Senior Jen Crawford (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) capped off her storied four-year Wildcat career by setting the all-time record for goals with 134. This came after a day earlier when she set the single-season record for goals as the senior finished with a career-best 49, breaking Amanda Fleck's record of 46 set in 1997. Crawford capped the day off by setting the single-season points record, getting four on the afternoon to give her 64 on the season to break Linda Rothemund's 61 set during the 1999 campaign.

Despite the loss, it was a successful season for the 'Cats in their first year of the league. They made it to the finals in their first season, finished with a 5-1 NLC mark during the regular season and went 9-9 overall.

Longwood takes home its second NLC title after winning the league last season. It closed its 2010 campaign at 10-8.

Leading 2-1 with around 16 minutes to go in the first half, the Lancers rattled off four straight goals during a nine-minute stretch to push their advantage out to 6-2. Another four-goal streak that ended the first half and started into the second half put the game out of reach for the 'Cats, who never were able to get in sync offensively throughout the day.

Crawford led the 'Cats with four points, getting a goal and a career-high three assists. She was not the only Wildcat to have a solid day as her fellow classmate Emily Rahill (Ridgewood, N.J.) netted a career-high tying three goals. The senior set personal bests this year in goals (24), assists (3) and points (27).

Senior Haley Cook (Darien, Conn.) joined her classmates in their final game with three goals and an assist. She set career highs with 43 goals, second-most in a single season, 14 assists and 57 points.

Earning spots on the NLC All-Tournament Team was Crawford, Michelle Pav (Golden, Colo.) and Erin McGuire (Bishopville, Md.). Pav finished with 12 saves on the day, while McGuire earned a career-best six draw controls.

Longwood had four multiple goal scorers, led by Morgan Illian's four goals.

The first half started out fast as Longwood hit for two goals less than two minutes into the start of the game. Davidson came right back a few minutes later when Cook, who was held scoreless in the 'Cats semifinal contest vs. Jacksonville, halted her 63-minute streak without a goal by netting her 41st of the season for a 2-1 score.

The scoring would slow down until Longwood went on its decisive four-goal run for a 6-1 lead. The Lancers hit a pair of goals 14 seconds apart at the end of the 15th minute and the start of 14th, forcing Davidson to burn a timeout.

Sophomore Jenna Mugele (Baltimore, Md.) got the Wildcats back on the board when she and Crawford hooked up at the 5:01 mark for a 6-2 score. But, Longwood finished out the half with Illian's second goal of the half for a 7-2 lead.

Davidson then saw the Lancers push the lead out to eight at 10-2 with three straight goals in the first five minutes of the second half.

The senior duo of Rahill and Crawford got Davidson back on the offensive attack with a score at the 19:43 mark.

After three more Lancer scores made it 13-3, the 'Cats mounted a two-goal charge with goals from Alanna Parker (Spring Valley, Calif.) and again Rahill, who got a great feed from Cook in the circle, for a 13-5 score.

The Wildcats outscored the Lancers in the last eight minutes, getting its last final four goals from the senior trio of Rahill, Crawford and Cook (2) for the final score of 17-9.

Game Notes: The senior pair of Cook and Crawford closed out their Wildcat careers among the best in the record books as Cook's 120 goals rank fourth and her 152 points are fifth, while Crawford finished first all-time in goals with 134 and fourth in points with 160 ... Pav closed out her four-year career with 342 saves, placing her fifth all-time.

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2010-05-02



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