Lancers Drop Big South Clash to Davidson

Davidson (10-5) also pushed its school-record win streak to nine in a row and set up a showdown Sunday at 1:00 p.m. against host High Point to determine the winner of the Big South regular season title. The Wildcats, who claimed last year's regular season title, are tied atop the standings with the Panthers at 6-0.

It took the 'Cats until the 1:31 mark of the first half Friday to get in any offensive flow. Mary Leonard started the game-changing 8-0 run with back-to-back goals, one to end the first half, and her second to start the new half, helping turn a 6-4 deficit into a comfortable 11-6 advantage and under 18 minutes to play.

Doherty, who started the contest with a goal at the 28:15 mark, helped cap off the win with three goals in the final 17:29 for the victory. The senior pushed her season goal total to 16.

Katherine Rueger added three goals, while Ann Fucigna scored a pair to give her a team-best 51 points on the season, 33 from goals. Emily Cooke picked up all five of her assists in the last 21 minutes of the game.

Mary Barondess paced the Lancers (7-9, 4-2 Big South) with four goals and Sarah Arndt had two of her own to go with an assist.

The duo gave Longwood a 6-3 lead with scores at the 11:47 and 4:51 marks in the first half. But right before halftime, Fucigna dished a pass to Leonard to make it 6-4 heading into break.

Leonard then scored a goal on her own with about two minutes gone to start the second half and it was all Davidson from there. After Fucigna tied it at 6-6 on a free-position goal, freshman Nicole Pettiglio broke the tie with her own free position goal two minutes later at the 21:41 mark.

Rueger then went back-to-back off two assists from Cooke to make it 9-6, and Fucigna and Doherty finished off the big run with a goal each, as Cooke assisted on Doherty's game-winning goal to make it 11-6.

Junior goalie Katy Boyle and the defense shut down the Lancers in the second half, allowing just three goals in the final 13 minutes of the game. Boyle finished with six saves and a groundball.

Davidson held a 13-10 lead in draw controls thanks to Emily Rademacher's career-high 10 on the day.

During the win streak, Davidson has outscored the opposition 120-64 ... head coach Kim Wayne leads the program with her 50 career wins, surpassing Mary Schwartz's 46 earlier this season ... the 'Cats are 5-3 on the road this year ... Wayne coached the Wildcats to a school-record 11 wins last year ... Fucigna has tallied 43 points during the win streak on 27 goals and 16 assists ... the 'Cats have won four straight on the road.

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