Sgroi, Davidson Lacrosse Cruise to 21-2 Win
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Senior Sophia Sgroi capped off her final collegiate game with a career-high five goals and Davidson ended the season on a winning note by cruising to a 21-2 win at home over St. Bonaventure Saturday afternoon in Atlantic 10 women’s lacrosse inside Richardson Stadium.
Davidson ended the season at 8-9 overall and 2-7 in league games. For the first time since 2015, the Wildcats will not advance to the A-10 Lacrosse Championship after not finishing as one of the top-six teams in the league standings.
Sgroi helped spark an offensive output that was one goal off the season-high 22 scored at Gardner-Webb with a career-best six points, adding an assist to go with her five goals. The senior also was one off her personal-best in draw controls, hauling in 15 on the day and ended the season with a single-season school record 110. Sgroi’s 192 draws for her career are second-most in the record books.
Fellow senior Sarah Kopp also closed out her storied career by tying a personal-best with three goals, all coming on free-position shots. She had one draw control to close out her career with 173, placing her third all-time.
Freshman Braeden Dial tied her season-high with seven points on four goals and three assists. Olivia Carey tallied two goals and two assists, while Gianna New, Emily Weld and Shannon Blee scored twice each to give the Wildcats seven multi-goal scorers.
It was all Davidson from the start, racing out to a 7-0 lead in the first 12 and a half minutes of the game. Three of the goals were on free-position shots, as the ‘Cats went 6-of-12 overall for the game.
Later with 10:13 to go in the first half, Blee pushed the lead to double digits at 11-1 off an assist from Woodruff. Sgroi capped the half off with her third goal at 6:09 for a 12-1 halftime lead.
The second half saw the lead grow to 19-1 with 13:11 remaining on back-to-back scores from Sgroi, giving the senior a career-best 27 goals on the season.
Dial would earn her team-leading 27th assist, and team-best 61st point of the season, off a Carey goal to make 21-1 before SBU (1-16, 0-9 A-10) got a score from Rylee Arnold to close out the game. St. Bonaventure’s other goal came from Olivia MacDonald.
Davidson fired off 40 shots to the Bonnies’ nine, while winning the groundball (16-12) and draw control (18-7) battles. It also went 17-for-17 on clear attempts.
Delaney Guhman allowed just one goal and finished with three saves between the pipes, while earning a groundball and a caused turnover. The junior had a team-high 47 groundballs on the season and a career-best 138 saves.