Davidson Rolls Past Kennesaw State

Kennesaw, Ga. The Kennesaw State lacrosse team carried the momentum they created in the second half against Campbell into the Davidson game on Saturday, March 8.

"We had strong momentum in the second half last week, and we carried that in to this weeks practice," head coach Kristina Llanes said. "We really wanted to focus on putting two solid halves together. We did put a great first half together, but lost some momentum when fatigue set in with some injuries."

The Owls came out and won the opening draw control to get an offensive possession. Three minutes later, freshman Taylor McGhee scored her first collegiate goal to give the Owls a 1-0 lead.

After a short Davidson run, Emily Collins assisted Sydney Farwick for her sixth goal of the season. Not even two minutes later, Farwick would put another goal in the back of the net to make the score 3-7.

This week in practice Kennesaw State worked on draw controls to get more offensive possession and it paid off in the first half as the draw controls were close to being even.

"It's important to make adjustments on the draw, and we really focused on them in practice this week," Llanes said. "We really focused on fifty-fifty balls and fighting to possess the ball offensively also."

The Owls scored first in the second half too as Collins scored her fourth of the season. She continued her all-around play as she finished the game with one goal, one assist, three ground balls, and three draw controls.

Allison Senft played the entire second half and made three nice saves in the net.

The final score ended up being 22-4 in favor of Davidson. The Owls will be back on the field next weekend as they host Anne Arundel Community College on Friday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m. and Presbyterian on Sunday, March 16 at 1 P.M.

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KENNESAW, Ga. Led by seven Wildcats who scored at least two goals, Davidson cruised to its first win of the campaign with a 22-4 victory on the road at Kennesaw State Saturday afternoon at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

With both teams seeking their first win of the season, the Wildcats (1-3) came out on top by racing out to a 6-1 lead in the first 10 minutes and grew their advantage to 13-3 at the half, never looking back the rest of the way. KSU (0-4) was held to just one goal in the second half.

The 22 goals, a season-best, were the most since the 'Cats went off for 22 in a win against Howard, April 26, 2008.

Emily Cooke paced the offensive attack with a team and season-high eight points on a pair of goals and six assists. Her six assists gave her 12 on the season and moved her two within tying the school record of 77 set by Linda Rothemund. Cooke's eight points gave her a team-best 15 for the season and moved her into the top-10 all-time.

For the second game in a row, Emma Sissman had a four-goal output to tie her career high as she led 11 Wildcats in all who scored. The sophomore scored three of her goals in the first half, including two of the 'Cats' first six goals in the opening 10 minutes. Sissman added two groundballs and a career-high tying eight draw controls.

Right behind her in the offensive column was freshman Katherine Rueger. She had a season-high six points on four goals and two assists. The first-year player tallied five of those points in the first half, with three of them going for goals.

Scoring a pair each was Lucy Sexton, Ann Fucigna, Erin Doherty, Mary Leonard along with Cooke. Fucigna, Doherty and Leonard had an assist each for finish with three points.

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