Big Second Half Carries Wildcats to Win at Saint Francis

LORETTO, Pa. - Senior Ann Fucigna registered season highs of five goals and seven points, and Davidson erased an early deficit with a big second half in winning its second in a row with an 11-8 victory at Saint Francis Saturday afternoon at Degol Field.

Fucigna and the Wildcats outscored the Red Flash 8-2 in the second half to erase early deficits of 4-0 and 6-3 in the first half. Fucigna led the comeback by scoring half of the 'Cats' eight second-half goals, while assisting on two other goals.

Davidson moved to 3-5 on the season and remained perfect in the all-time series against Saint Francis (2-5) at 4-0.

After being held to just four goals in the first five games, the Wildcats' all-time leader in goals and points has caught fire recently. Fucigna has scored nine goals and assisted on five others for 14 points in the last three games, leading Davidson to a pair of wins.

The senior was not alone in assisting on the comeback as Emma Sissman and Katherine Rueger each scored twice. The duo also had solid days on defense. Sissman recorded three groundballs, two caused turnovers and a draw control, while Rueger registered four groundballs, three draw controls (season-high) and a caused turnover.

Emily Rademacher chipped in with a goal and an assist to give her 12 points on the year.

Danielle Conwell led the Red Flash with five points, three coming in the first half, on three goals and two assists.

The first half saw Davidson fall behind 4-0 through the first 19 minutes. Fucigna started the comeback though, as she got the 'Cats on the board at the 10:29 mark with her ninth goal of the season.

Later in the half, Sissman and Rueger scored 54 seconds apart of each other to cut Saint Francis' lead to two, 5-3, before the Red Flash scored one more for a 6-3 advantage at halftime.

The Wildcats opened the second half on a 4-1 run, getting a pair of goals from Fucigna to knot things up a 7-all. Rademacher scored the tying goal with 20:47 to go off an assist from Nicole Pettiglio.

They continued their scoring spree, netting another two goals with Fucigna assisting Rueger on the game-winning goal to break up the tie and then scored her own goal eight minutes later at the 8:39 mark to make it 9-7.

Fucigna capped off her outstanding day by scoring the Wildcats' 10th goal and assisting on the final one for an 11-8 score. She has 13 goals and seven assists for a team-best 20 points on the year.

Davidson had its third consecutive game with 10 or more caused turnovers, forcing a season-high 12 to go with a game-high 19 groundballs. The Wildcats also fired off a season-high 30 shots, while holding SFU to 14.

Davidson returns home with a match-up against Old Dominion on the first of April at 6:00 p.m. It will be both teams first time facing each other.

2014-03-29



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