Lacrosse Hosts ECU Friday Night
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Following a 1-1 start to the season, Davidson lacrosse will return home for a Friday night tilt against the East Carolina Panthers tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT… The Wildcats enter Friday night’s match up with ECU having one loss to #15 Duke University and a win over the Furman Paladins. Davidson fell 16-11 last week to the Blue Devils, before bouncing back with a convincing 14-10 victory against Furman.
EARLY CONFERENCE NODS… Gianna New and Julianne Carey made solid impressions in the opening weekend of the season, as New was named the Atlantic 10’s Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman Carey earned Rookie of the Week honors. Against the Blue Devils, New tallied two goals and one assist, off just three shots. The junior was 2-for-2 in her shots on goal, and then came back on Sunday to score a career-high five goals against the Paladins. The Bedford, N.Y. native led the Wildcats with a team-high five points against Furman, and also picked up 12 draw controls, marking another career-high for the junior midfielder. In her college lacrosse debut, Carey came out swinging, as the Pennsylvania native recorded the first point of her Davidson career, with the Wildcats’ first goal of the season, against No. 15 Duke. Carey brought her Friday night success into Sunday’s tilt as well, as she once again scored Davidson’s first goal of the day, but this time scoring back-to-back goals to give the ‘Cats an early 2-0 lead against Furman.
ECU’S RESUME… The Pirates have had a very similar early-season schedule to the Wildcats, as East Carolina defeated Furman University, 16-14 last week, before falling on the road to No. 13 Virginia. Megan Pallozzi leads ECU with nine points on eight goals and one assists. She is a perfect 5-of-5 on free position shots. Megan Tryniski leads the Pirates with six assists and also has two goals for eight points.
THE MEETING… Davidson will take on the Pirates for the first time ever on Friday night, and the meeting will mark the Wildcats’ first game against an American Athletic Conference member since the ‘Cats faced Cincinnati in February of 2011. Davidson fell to the Bearcats in a 13-10 battle at Richardson Stadium.
PROTECT THE NET… Sophomore Amanda Monahan earned the first two starts of her career last weekend, and has stopped 13 shots in 120 minutes of work. Earning the first win of her Wildcat career against the Paladins, Monahan and the Davidson defense held Furman to just 10 goals, and Monahan also held the #15 Blue Devils to just six second-half goals on Friday. Heading into this weekend, the netminder holds a .333 save percentage.
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