Lacrosse’s Hunt for A-10 Title Begins Thursday
DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Davidson lacrosse team is set to square off at the 2022 Atlantic 10 Championship this week, opening up the tournament with an 11 a.m. draw against Duquesne University on Thursday, April 28.
The Wildcats will be the tournament’s No. 4 seed, matching Davidson’s program-high postseason seed, and will take on the No. 5 Duquesne Dukes in the quarterfinal match up. Complete game coverage can be found at davidsonwildcats.com/coverage along with championship details at atlantic10.com/sports.
THE REGULAR SEASON… The Wildcats ended the regular season with a 12-4 overall record, matching the program’s record for most wins in a single season. The ‘Cats also clinched the four-seed in the A-10 tournament for the second time in as many seasons, while picking up three of its four losses to nationally-ranked foes. Davidson collected four league Player of the Week honors, from Amanda Monahan, Grace Fahey, Erin Cooke and Gianna New, and ended the year 8-1 at home. At the end of the regular season, the ‘Cats rank second nationally in free-position shot percentage (.549) while Fahey individually ranks first in the country with a .656 shot percentage.
WINNER GETS ONE… The winner of Davidson and Duquesne will take on regular season champions and the No. 1 overall seeded UMass on Friday, April 29 at 11 a.m. The Wildcats ended the regular season against the nationally-ranked, No. 13 Minutewomen, falling just 13-11 after leading for the first 46 minutes of the contest. In the game, Amanda Monahan made 15 saves while Julianne Carey won six draw controls.
ABOUT THE DUKES… Davidson last met Duquesne in early April, taking down the Dukes 23-14 from inside Richardson Stadium. The Wildcats’ offensive performance set a season-high in scoring, as 10 different ‘Cats appeared in the scoring column and Erin Cooke led the way with a game-high seven points (3G, 4A).
HANGING WITH THE BEST… Although the Wildcats have dropped their last two contests, both results have been determined by a combined six goals against two nationally-ranked opponents. Davidson lost to #19/20 Richmond, 15-11, on the road in its penultimate regular season game, before dropping its two-goal contest to the #13 Minutewomen last Saturday.
WAYNE’S WORLD… “From the start of our season until now this team has come out ready to fight, but our two best showings have been against the top-two teams in our conference, Richmond and UMass,” said Head Coach Kim Wayne. “Despite losing both games, we walked away knowing that we can compete against the best. Holding the No. 13 team in the country to 13 goals and only losing by two is a testament to how much this team wants to win. We believe this is our year because we have nine seniors who have led us to believe that this is our year. Winning is fun, but playing your hearts out for 60 minutes, whether you win or lose, is what builds character, and what makes this team and program so special to be a part of. I can’t wait to see this team compete, the way we have the past two weeks, in the tournament and to show everyone what we are truly capable of.”