Davidson Lacrosse Falls in Sunday Shootout with Duquesne
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Despite getting a season-high tying six points from freshman Braeden Dial, Davidson was not able to counter Duquesne’s five multiple goal scorers in a game that featured 36 total goals as it fell 20-16 Sunday afternoon in women’s Atlantic 10 lacrosse at Richardson Stadium.
Davidson fell to 1-3 in league games and 7-5 overall, while the Dukes won their first A-10 game (1-3) and moved to 6-4 overall.
The Wildcats nearly erased a six-goal deficit (16-10) late in the second half behind a pair of goals each from Gianna New and Emily Weld to make it 16-14 with 6:12 remaining. Duquesne answered though with three straight goals to push its lead to five with just over a minute left and held on to secure the win.
Dial tied her season best with four goals and dished out two assists for her six points, giving her a team-best 37 on the season.
The freshman had helped the ‘Cats jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first half with a goal and assist to open the game before it was erased by the Dukes on a 5-0 run and Davidson played catchup the rest of the way.
New and Kopp registered hat tricks, while also dishing out one assist each. Weld had two goals and Sgroi dished out three assists.
Duquesne was paced by Sarah Kollhoff’s five goals followed by Carlee Braverman and Rilee Bradshaw with four each. Michaela Connolly had three goals and Maddie Hart gave the Dukes five multi-goal scorers with a pair of goals. Courtney Battles had three assists and Braverman dished out two.
After running off a 5-0 run early in the first half to take the lead for good, the Dukes would led by as much as six goals (12-6) in the half. Davidson got within 12-8 before halftime on goals from Dial and Kopp at the 3:06 and 1:58 marks.
Dial’s 22nd goal of the season at the 22:15 mark in the second half cut the Dukes’ lead to 13-10, but they answered with three goals over the next seven minutes, two by Kollhoff, to go up 16-10.
Defender Natalie Junior filled the defensive stats with four groundballs, three caused turnovers and a draw control.
Davidson stays at home and will host George Mason next Friday, April 5, at 5:30 p.m.