Leopards Foil Davidson's Last Contest of Homestand

DAVIDSON, N.C. Looking to close out its season-long six-game homestand on a winning note, Davidson saw Lafayette rattle off a 6-0 run in the second half that broke open the game and give the Leopards a 14-8 win on Wednesday evening at Richardson Stadium.

Davidson (3-4) saw its two-game win streak come to an end, while it finished the homestand an even 3-3. Lafayette moved to 5-3 on the year and evened the all-time series vs. the Wildcats at 2-apiece.

An Alanna Parker (Spring Valley, Calif.) goal with 27:30 in the second half brought the 'Cats to within two, 8-6, but Lafayette's Ana White started a 6-0 run that spanned from the 25:11 mark until the 11:33 mark to push the lead out to 13-6.

Davidson was never able to recover, getting a pair of goals from the freshmen duo of Emily Cooke (Woodstock, Md.) and Emily Rademacher (Lynchburg, Va.) to make it 13-8, before Lafayette tacked on one more score to close out the game.

The Leopards were led by Jessica Rothstein's three goals, and Addie Godfrey, Laura Kleiber and Katie Mischler each tallied two goals apiece.

Erin Doherty (Cincinnati, Ohio) paced the Wildcat attack with two goals. Ann Fucigna (Darien, Conn.) saw her 16-game multi-goal streak come to an end with a single goal, but did add an assist.

It was a back-and-forth affair to open the game, with each team netting four goals in the first 10 minutes. Davidson had a brief 2-1 lead after goals from Fucigna and Erin Keitel (Carlsbad, Calif.) with 27:53 and 26:07 on the clock. Lafayette answered with a pair of its own, before Doherty netted her ninth goal at the 22:47 mark to tie things up at 3-all.

Catherine Schmidt tied it up once more at 4-4 about three minutes after Doherty's goal, but it was short-lived when less than 10 seconds after Schmidt's goal, the Leopards' Rothstein got a pass from Ana White off the draw control and fired in a fast-break goal.

Doherty brought the 'Cats to within one at 6-5 with under seven minutes to go in the half, but Lafayette tacked on a free-position goal for a 7-5 halftime lead.

Davidson took 31 shots to Lafayette's 28, but wasn't able to capitalize much on its 15 second-half shots, scoring just three goals. The 'Cats also were held scoreless on free-position attempts, while the Leopards were a perfect 6 for 6.

Jessica Melby (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Katy Boyle (Sudbury, Mass.) split time in goal, each playing a half and finishing with a combined four saves. Lafayette's Meghan Curtin finished with eight saves in all 60 minutes of action between the pipes.

Abigail Doelger (West Hartford, Conn.) had a strong game defensively, getting three caused turnovers, four groundballs and three draw controls.

Davidson will play its only road game in this 10-game stretch of playing nine of its 10 games at home, by heading to Robert Morris Saturday, March 17, for a 12:00 p.m. contest.


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