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Davidson Lacrosse Wins Thriller vs. Elon, 11-10

by | Mar 1, 2019 | Sports

Sam Rippley with the game winning shot.


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DAVIDSON, N.C.  — Davidson overcame a five-goal deficit in the second half by holding Elon to just one goal in earning a thrilling 11-10 win at home Wednesday night in women’s lacrosse at Richardson Stadium.

Trailing 10-5 after the Phoenix (2-3) scored the first goal of the new half at the 25:56 mark, the Wildcats played shutout ball the rest of the way and scored six unanswered goals to claim the win.

Junior Delaney Guhman had 3 critical saves in the last 5 minutes of the game.

Neither team would score after Sam Rippley netted the game-winner with 11:16 remaining, while goalie Delaney Guhman came up with three huge saves in the last five minutes, including two on free-position shots.

The win was Davidson’s fourth straight to open the year, continuing the best start in program history.

Senior duo Sarah Kopp and Sophia Sgroi registered hat tricks, while Braeden Dial, Gianna New, Emily Weld and Olivia Carey had a goal and an assist each.

Guhman finished the day with nine saves and a groundball. Kopp scooped up five draw controls and New had three to help the ‘Cats win the draws, 12-11.

Elon was led by Mae McGlynn’s four goals, followed by Cami Lynch and Kaley Thompson with three and two goals, respectively. Gillian Curran dished out two assists.

Senior Sophia Sgroi with one of her three goals against Elon.

Lynch would score two goals early, including one 55 seconds into the start of the game, to give Elon a 2-0 lead. After Sgroi capped off a 3-0 run by the Wildcats to give them a 4-3 lead with 14:31 on the clock, the Phoenix answered by ending the first half on a 6-1 run for a 9-5 lead at halftime. They netted four in a row during the streak.

Kopp started the winning rally in the second half with a goal at the 25:30 mark off an assist from New. Shortly thereafter, Carey netted her second goal of the season to make it 10-7.

Cutting the deficit to two was Weld’s goal at 15:26 and then Sgroi went back-to-back nearly two minutes apart of each other to tie things up at 10-all with 12:34 left.

Shot count was fairly even as Davidson held a 28-25 edge and won the groundball count at 12-10. The ‘Cats were also 4-of-8 on free-position attempts, while Elon went 3-for-10.

Davidson stays at home and will next host Old Dominion Sunday, March 3, for a 1 p.m. game.

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