Rippley Leads Davidson Lacrosse to 18-6 Win vs. ODU
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DAVIDSON, N.C. — Sophomore Sam Rippley scored a career-high five goals and Davidson remained unbeaten on the year by rolling to an 18-6 victory over Old Dominion Sunday afternoon at Richardson Stadium in women’s lacrosse.
The Wildcats continued their best start in program history at 5-0 and sent the Monarchs (1-7) to their seventh defeat in eight games.
Rippley, who had a four-goal game to open the season, topped that mark and added an assist for a personal-best six points on the day. The midfielder had a hat trick in the first half, all coming during a game-changing 5-0 run. She started the winning rally and then ended it with back-to-back goals for a 9-4 lead at the 2:22 mark.
Davidson would put the game out of reach by scoring the first eight goals of the second half in an 8-0 spurt to go up 17-5 with 12:37 remaining. The ‘Cats scored three goals in less than two minutes to start the second half, getting back-to-back scores from Olivia Carey.
Carey tied her season-best with four points on three goals and an assist, while Gianna New also had a hat trick and dished out two assists for a season-high five points.
ODU was paced on offense by Glory Johnson with three goals and Sophia Richie added two.
The Monarchs kept things close early, going up 2-1 after a Johnson goal with 24:52 on the clock in the first half. Later, they would tie things up at 4-all on another Johnson goal with 11:51 to go in the half before Davidson pulled away with its 5-0 run.
The Wildcats fired off 48 shots and had 19 groundballs. They dominated the draw, pulling in 23 of the 26 draws and went a perfect 15-for-15 on clear attempts. In addition, the ‘Cats went 4-of-9 on free-position attempts.
New scooped up a season-best nine draw controls, followed by six from Sarah Kopp and five by Sophia Sgroi. 13 different ‘Cats had at least one groundball, led by Kopp and Emily Weld’s three apiece. Weld also forced two turnovers.
Davidson takes to the road for its next game, traveling to Mercer for a 1 p.m. contest, March 7.