Fucigna Nets Five, But Lafayette Gets by Davidson

EASTON, Pa. - Freshman Ann Fucigna (Darien, Conn.) netted a season-best five goals and picked up a team season-high six points, but it was not enough to offset five Lafayette players who scored multiple goals in giving the Leopards an 11-8 win over Davidson on Saturday afternoon in women's lacrosse at Rappolt Field.

The setback was the fifth of the season for Davidson (0-5), which also dropped its first game to the Leopards (1-3) in the all-time series dating back to 2006.

Fucigna was perfect on all five of her shots, including a pair of free-position shots, finding the back of the net with each one. She tacked on her third assist of the season, and second in a row in the last two games.

The freshman tried to help erase a 5-3 halftime deficit with three second-half goals, including the first one of the half that got Davidson to within one, 5-4, which turned out to be the closest the Wildcats would get the rest of the way.

Alanna Parker (Spring Valley, Calif.) pushed her consecutive goal streak to 13 games with a pair of scores, while Erin Doherty (Cincinnati, Ohio) found the back of the net for the fourth time this year. Parker led the 'Cats with three groundballs, while Doherty had three draw controls.

Jessic Rothstein led the Leopards on offense with three goals, while four other players each had two goals apiece. Rothstein also added four draw controls and two groundballs.

Davidson got on the board first with two goals in the opening eight minutes of the first half. Fucigna opened the scoring with a goal at the 24:59 mark and then helped on the second score with an assist on Doherty's goal in the 22nd minute.

Addie Godfrey tied things up though seven minutes later, capitalizing on back-to-back free-position shots in a 36-second stretch. Lafayette was not done, added two more goals to take the lead for good at 4-2 with 8:33 remaining in the half.

Fucigna scored on a free-position shot to get the 'Cats to back within one (4-3) and then opened the new stanza with another goal for a 5-4 Lafayette lead with 25 minutes left in the contest.

Leopards put the game away with a 5-2 run over the next 15 minutes to grab a 10-6 lead. Davidson made one last push with Fucigna netting her fifth goal of the game with 8:32 left, but the Wildcats did not score again until Parker's goal with 58 ticks on the clock and trailed 10-8.

Rothstein closed out the scoring with a goal in the final seconds for the three-goal victory for Lafayette, Jessica Melby (Pittsburgh, Pa.) registered two saves and picked up a groundball as Davidson held a 13-12 edge in that category. Lafayette's Meghan Curtin was credited with four saves.

Davidson returns home for a 6:00 p.m. contest against Robert Morris in Richardson Stadium.

2011-03-05



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