Villanova Wins Battle of the Wildcats over Davidson

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DAVIDSON, N.C. –Jessica Mucci had a game-high eight points and helped the Villanova Wildcats score five of the first six goals to open the second half in downing Davidson, 11-7, in a battle of the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon at Villanova Stadium.

The two teams were playing each other for the first time since 1999, as Villanova moved to 4-3 on the season and 3-2 in the all-time series.

Junior Ann Fucigna continued her hot-scoring of late, netting another three goals and assisting on two others to pace the Davidson (2-4) attack. She has 14 goals in the past four games, moving her 17 goals away from setting the all-time Davidson mark of 134 held by Jen Crawford.

Fucigna had gotten the Wildcats to within one, 4-3, on back-to-back strikes in the first half. The Villanova Wildcats, up 5-3 at the break, broke the game opened by pushing their lead out to 10-4 with 15:25 remaining on their 5-1 run to start the second period.

Mucci had four of her points during the spurt, scoring the first goal of the second half at the 24:26 mark and adding another one seven minutes later, while picking up a pair of assists. She finished the game with three goals and five assists.

Davidson scored three of the final four goals, including Fucigna's third of the contest for the final four-goal deficit.

Freshman Jean Atkinson had her first collegiate two-goal game, while Emily Cooke and Emily Rademacher each scored once. Cooke pushed her team-leading points total to 26, including a career-best 16 assists.

Villanova's Jackie Froccaro added three scores of her own and Elise Bendinelli was the third Wildcat with multiple goals, netting a pair.

The shot advantage went to Villanova, 25-16, while it also won the groundball battle, 13-12, and draw controls, 12-8.

Fucigna had a team-high three groundballs for Davidson, while Rebecca Garman, Paige Logan and goalie Jessica Melby had two apiece.

Melby stopped six shots in goal for Davidson. Abigail Doelger registered a season-best three caused turnovers.

Davidson begins a stretch of three straight home games with a 6:00 p.m. contest against Dartmouth, March 19.

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