Davenport University Goes 3-0 on SELC Road Trip

ATHENS, Tenn. Davenport opened its South East Lacrosse Conference (SELC) trip with a 19-6 win over Tennessee Wesleyan in Athens, Tennessee on Saturday. The MCLA preseason poll had the Bulldogs ranked 17th in the country. The win improves the Panthers to 3-0 on the season.

Davenport led 4-0 after the first quarter and expanded the lead to 13-1 at the half. By the end of the 3rd quarter DU led 16-4 with many reserves seeing action. The Panthers scored 3 in the 4th to end the contest.

Davenport spread the offensive production around with eight Panthers scoring goals. Sophomore Jordan Richtsmeier(Grand Rapids, Mich.)led all scorers in points (11) with 4 goals and 7 assists while Freshman Dominic Boggiano(Grand Rapids, Mich.)added 7 goals and 2 assists. Junior Zach Higgins (Courtice, Ontario)played all 60 minutes between the pipes and recorded 12 saves on the day. Davenport's clear was working well clearing the ball 25 of 32 chances (78%).

The Panthers held the Bulldogs to 1 for 4 (25%) in Man Up situations while Davenport was 6 for 13 in the extra man opportunities (46%).

"The defense is performing very well," said Head Coach Bob Clarkson. Davenport is holding opponents to an average of 3.33 goals per game. "The defense will be key to a successful playoff run," added Clarkson.

One day later the Panthers traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to take on Emory. Four different Panthers found the back of the net at least three times on Sunday afternoon as Davenport improved to 4-0 on the year with a convincing 17-5 win over Emory.

After an impressive win over No. 15 Tennessee Wesleyan on Saturday, the Panthers started a little slow on Sunday.

DU posted only a single goal in the opening period as Cody Cross (Grand Rapids, Mich.) got the Panthers on the board with just 3:06 remaining. The offense finally came to life in the second though as DU outscored Emory 6-1 to take a 7-1 lead into halftime.

Davenport received goals from Gavin Morris (Rockford, Mich.), Cross, two from Dominic Boggiano (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Oliver Wade (Burlington, Ontario) and Sam Carlson (Grand Rapids, Mich.).

The attack kept growing in the third quarter as Davenport again finished with six goals in the 15 minutes of play compared to only two from Emory as DU took a 13-3 lead into the final quarter.

Davenport finished the game with four goals on the man-up and had a 35-16 advantage in ground-balls.

After having Monday off, the Panthers then traveled to Elon, N.C. to pick up their biggest win of the young season by defeating No. 9 ranked Elon onTuesday afternoon. Davenport started slow on this cold February afternoon but picked up steam after getting a pair of goals from Shawn Beer, Jordy Sayers and Oliver Wade. In all, six different players scored for the Panthers.

Davenport entered their matchup with No. 9 Elon having defeated their previous four opponents by a combined score of 80-15 and had not been tested. Elon came out of the gate hot and scored the first goal just 1:59 into the contest.

The Panthers however scored the next three goals from Jordy Sayers (Davison, Mich.), Oliver Wade (Burlington, Ontario)and Sam Carlson (Grand Rapids, Mich.) to lead 3-1 until Elon got a late goal to make the score 3-2 after 15 minutes of play.

Davenport kept up the attack early in the second as Beer scored his first goal of the season but the host team came back with two straight at 7:15 and 6:18 to tie the score at 4-4. DU would not be fazed though and got tallies from Wade and Cody Cross (Grand Rapids, Mich.) to take a 6-4 lead heading into the locker room for halftime.

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