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Wildcats Use 6-0 Run to Down Liberty, 18-11
A 6-0 run stretching through halftime earned host Davidson a seven goal advantage that the Lady Flames could not overcome, Sunday afternoon, as the Wildcats claimed an 18-11 victory in National Lacrosse Conference action.
Liberty falls to 3-11 on the season and 2-4 in conference play. The Wildcats move up to 7-8 for 2012, and are now 4-2 in NLC contests.
Lady Flame goalkeeper Kristen Masullo made 12 saves on the afternoon to record the loss for Liberty. Jessica Melby claimed the victory between the pipes for Davidson, making seven saves.
Liberty was led by freshman Kacie Fogle with four scores on the afternoon, while she also chipped in with an assist. Nina Dunay posted her second consecutive three-goal game, while Jen Moyer netted a pair for Liberty. Amber Nichols and Kristin Crowley found the back of the net once apiece. Nichols, Morgan Becker and Sam Struss also contributed assists.
Ann Fucigna paced Davidson with five goals and Alanna Parker scored four more for the hosts. Emily Cook and Erin Doherty recorded three markers apiece, while three more Wildcats tacked on a goal. Fucigna also provided three assists to total a game-high eight points.
While Davidson jumped on the scoreboard first, Liberty responded with a four-goal spurt to take a three-goal advantage. Nichols knotted the game, 1-1, while Fogle, Crowley and Dunay's ensuing three goals forced a Davidson timeout. Fogle's score was Liberty's only free-position goal of the afternoon, on just two attempts
After an exchange of goals, including Fogle's second of the contest on a Struss assist, the Wildcats reeled off five straight goals to hold a 7-5 edge with 10:35 to play. The span included Davidson's first of four free-position goals on the afternoon, as they converted on half of their attempts.
Moyer halted the Davidson run with a score at the 9:47 mark, but it would be the Lady Flames' last tally of the half.
Davidson closed the final seven minutes of the opening half with four goals, before recording two more markers to open the second half. Cook and Fucigna each scored two goals for Davidson in the run, vaulting the Wildcats in front, 13-6.
Liberty responded with a three goal run in just over two minutes of game action. Fogle netted her third score of the game on a Becker assist, while Dunay added the next two conversions to pull Liberty within four, 13-9, with 18:13 remaining in regulation.
Davidson stretched the advantage to eight over the next 10 minutes of play, scoring four more goals. Liberty tacked on two of the game's final three scores, leading to the final score of 18-11.
The Wildcats' offense fired 48 shots on the afternoon, doubling Liberty's attempts.
Liberty claimed a 12-10 advantage in ground balls, paced by three apiece from Jen Freymond, Moyer and Nichols.
Davidson held the 17-12 edge in draw controls, led by Doherty's game-high seven. Fogle collected five to lead the Lady Flames.
Both teams transitioned to offense well, with Davidson going 11-for-13 on clears, to Liberty's 12-for-15.
Liberty concludes its regular season slate on Friday, when they make the short trip to Farmville, Va., to take on Longwood. The opening draw is slated for 7 p.m..