Late Burst Leads Lacrosse to 17-9 Win Over Patriots
FAIRFAX, Va. – A shut out third period, in addition to four goals in the same frame, boosted the Wildcats to their 10th victory of the season as the Davidson lacrosse team defeated George Mason 17-9 in Atlantic 10 action on Saturday.
The Wildcats narrowly edged out the Patriots 7-6 after the first half of play, and relied on a 10-3 scoring run in the second to improve to 10-3 overall and 5-1 in league play.
In the third quarter surge, Erin Cooke connected off a pass from Julianne Carey to extend Davidson’s advantage to two, 8-6, and created the largest lead of the afternoon. From there, Grace Fahey scored twice and Riley Cochrane notched her third goal of the day to set the Wildcats apart from the Patriots for good.
Cooke ended with a game-best nine points, while Fahey recorded four goals and two assists and Julianne Carey added one goal, five assists and eight draw controls.
George Mason put the Wildcats’ backs against the wall to open up the contest, scoring two-straight goals before Davidson responded with three unanswered scores from Cooke, Molly Murphy and Cochrane to take its first lead of the day.
While the Patriots tied it right back at 3-3, freshman Allie Hartnett scored her first of two goals off a free position shot to give Davidson a one-goal lead heading into the second.
The Patriots strung together another two-goal tear to start off the second quarter, before Hartnett and Carey rattled off back-to-back strikes to go back in front 6-5, and ultimately lead 7-6 at the end of the half with Cochrane’s hat trick.
In the fourth quarter, Davidson went 6-for-6 on clears and scored six more goals while Amanda Monahan made three saves to close out the win.
Davidson will return to play next Sunday, April 16 to take on St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia at 12 p.m.