High Point Hangs on to Beat Davidson in NLC Semifinals

DAVIDSON, N.C. Ann Fucigna scored four goals to set a new Davidson single-season record, but the fourth-seeded Wildcats suffered a 13-11 loss to top-seeded High Point in the semifinals of the National Lacrosse Conference Tournament semifinals Saturday at Richardson Stadium.

The Wildcats see their season end with an 8-10 record, while High Point (15-3) advances to tomorrow's championship game.

Fucigna finished the campaign with 51 goals, breaking the school mark she shared with Jen Crawford after netting 49 tallies a season ago.

Davidson made a valiant effort at a comeback after training 13-7 following a free-position goal by Kendyl Gardner 7:11 into the second half. The Wildcat defense held the Panthers off the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest, and the offense got going, scoring five straight to make the margin 13-11 with seven minutes remaining.

Erin Doherty started the run with a free-position goal, and Fucigna scored all her goals in succession to cut the margin to two.

The Panthers won the ensuing draw after Fucigna's last tally and began to work the clock. Davidson got the break it needed asRebecca Garman picked up an errant pass in her own end and jetted down the field with 4:30 to play.

But Heather Ziccarelli picked off a Wildcat pass with 3:49 remaining to give possession back to High Point. The Panthers were able to run off the remaining time to preserve the victory.

Fucigna added an assist for five points on the day, and Alanna Parker posted two goals and an assist. Doherty scored two, and goalie Jessica Melby made nine saves.

Sara Kuhlman scored three goals to lead the Panthers, and Chelsea Thompson posted two goals and two assists. Alexis Goldman and Alec Perry each scored two goals, while Anna Wallingford and Julia Burns combined for two saves in net.

The Panthers, who led the entire contest, jumped out to a 6-1 lead to open the game, and Davidson could not recover. Kuhlman opened the contest with consecutive goals, and Thompson added two scores in the first half as High Point led 10-5 at the break.

Fucigna finishes the season with 74 points, which is also a Davidson record.

High Point faces the winner of Detroit and Jacksonville in the championship game at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Richardson Stadium.

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DAVIDSON, N.C. -- High Point got three goals from sophomore midfielder Sara Kuhlman and survived a late five-goal run by Davidson to win, 13-11, in the National Lacrosse Conference semifinals on Saturday at Richardson Stadium. The Panthers advanced to the championship game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

"We knew that Davidson wasn't going to let us walk all over them and they really made a run at us in the second half," said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. "I think our team got a little bit too comfortable with the score. We still have a young team and they're still learning how to play through a weekend like this. Now that we were lucky enough to advance to the championship game, we can go all out and play our game tomorrow."

High Point improved to 15-3 overall while Davidson finished the season at 8-10. The Panthers won the NLC regular season title with a 7-0 record.

Kuhlman also won four draw controls. Sophomore attacker Chelsea Thompson scored twice and had two assists and senior Alexis Goldman and sophomore Alec Perry each scored two goals. Sophomore defender Jasmine Jordan had three draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers to lead the defense.

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2012-05-05



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