Sexton, Cooke Guide Davidson in Rout of Kennesaw State

DAVIDSON, N.C. Lucy Sexton notched five goals while Emily Cooke dished out 10 assists as Davidson hammered Kennesaw State for a 20-2 triumph, marking the Wildcats' first win of the 2013 season Monday evening at Richardson Stadium.

Emma Sissman added in four goals, while Emily Rademacher and Catherine Schmidt each added a trio of scores as well. Lindsay Cooper struck twice, while Ann Fucigna, Emily Cooke and Liz Edwards each recorded a goal.

Jessica Melby and Katy Boyle split time in goal, with Melby picking up the win.

Paige Logan finished with a team-high seven ground balls for the Wildcats, with Sissman controlling the draw six times. Logan also led the squad in caused turnovers with four.

Cooper tallied Davidson's first strike less than 20 seconds in and the Wildcats never relented, taking a 3-0 lead off a pair from Sissman less than four minutes into the action. Back-to-back scores from Sexton made it 7-0 in favor of the home squad soon thereafter.

After dishing out four assists, Cooke got on the board with a goal of her own midway through the first half to push the 'Cats' lead to nine. She then added to more helpers as Schmidt and Edwards scored to close out the half with Davidson up 11-0.

The Owls got on the board in the opening minutes of the second half, scoring on a free-position shot by Arielle Schmidt. Taylor Southerland netted another for KSU soon after, cutting the deficit to nine at 11-2.

However, the Wildcats would regain control from there. Schmidt and Sissman each scored unassisted, before Sexton sent in three in a row as Davidson took a 17-2 lead. Sissman, Cooper and Schmidt each notched one more in the closing minutes to seal the deal for the Wildcats.

Davidson will travel to Eugene, Ore., early next week for a pair of contest. First up is a tilt with Vermont, as the 'Cats and the Catamounts will face off March 6 at 4:00 p.m.

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DAVIDSON, N.C. An improved defensive effort, and back-to-back goals by Arielle Schmidt (Marietta, Ga./Sprayberry HS) and Taylor Southerland (Acworth, Ga./Harrison HS), were not enough as Kennesaw State (0-3) fell to Davidson College (1-1), 20-2, Monday night at Richardson Stadium.

Despite the loss, the Owls squad gave the best performance of the season thus far, limiting quick goals, and transitioning well throughout the duration of the game.

"It was definitely a strong defensive effort tonight even though the outcome wasn't what we wanted," head coach Kristina Llanes said. "We fixed a lot of things that went wrong in the previous game against Campbell, and we are moving forward."

Down 11-0 at the break, KSU came out strong to start the second half.

A quick Davidson foul led to a free position for Schmidt who shot the ball into the back of the net putting the Owls on the board less than two minutes into the period.

Southerland scored the Owls' second goal less than two minutes later following an assist from Emily Collins (Snellville, Ga./Decatur HS).

"We are seeing more options," Llanes added. "We are providing more support in transition, and that is going to help us progress towards our offensive third"

The momentum the Owls attack provided was short lived, however, as Davidson countered with two quick goals to increase its lead to 13-2.

Kennesaw State will take the progress made from Monday's game and hope to build upon it when it plays its inaugural home game Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m.

"We're ready to play our first home game," Llanes said. "They are ready to have a home crowd and to play in front of our fans and their families."


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