April 11, 2014
Davidson, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's lacrosse team lost a tightly contested match Friday evening at Davidson, falling 10-9 to the Wildcats (7-5, 3-0). The loss marked the third time this season that the Chanticleers (3-10, 1-3) have been defeated by a one-goal margin.
The Chants matched up well with last year's Big South regular season champions. Coastal finished the game with a 21-17 advantage in shots, but Davidson won the possession battle, recording three more ground balls and draw controls than the Chants.
Coastal also failed to take advantage of its chances from the 8 meter fan, going 0-4 on free position shots while Davidson converted one of its three opportunities. The Wildcats were also more efficient with their clears, converting 10 of 11 attempts compared to Coastal's 13-16.
Coastal received two goals from its leading scorer, Sara Nolan, and one apiece from Alicia Geiter, Charlotte O'Leary, Keri White, Maggie Carr, Lily Yednock, Rachel Waldron and Jen Cosgrove. Cosgrove, a junior transfer from Jacksonville, was making her first appearance as a Chanticleer.
Davidson was led by the three goals of Ann Fucigna and Emily Rademacher. Emma Sissman tallied two goals, including the eventual game-winner, while Annie Brockett and Katherine Rueger each chipped in one.
The first half saw three goals a side as each team managed to keep pace with the other.
Rademacher broke the ice with the game's first goal, giving Davidson a 1-0 lead less than four minutes in. Yednock responded for the Chants with her ninth goal of the season, and less than four minutes later Waldron, by way of White, gave the Chants their first lead of the day. Brockett and Rademacher for Davidson, and Nolan for Coastal, all tallied goals in the closing minutes of the first half to send the teams into the break deadlocked.
Coming out of the intermission, each side registered five goals to tie the game at 8-8 with just over nine minutes remaining. The tie was broken after 36 seconds when Fucigna scored at 8:51, followed by the game-winner from Sissman at 4:42.
Coastal continued to battle until the end, getting one last goal from O'Leary at the 2:39 mark, but the Wildcats hung on to close out the game with a one-goal lead.
Katy Boyle made three saves for Davidson in the winning effort. Freshman Jenna Stover likewise made three stops for Coastal, and added one ground ball to her day's tally.
The Chants return to action on Sunday when they play the second of their three consecutive road games at Big South rival Liberty. The opening draw for the Chants and Flames is set for noon.