Wildcats Advance to #A10WLAX Semifinals with 17-13 Victory

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RICHMOND, Va. - Led by Christine Molinari's five goals, the fifth-seeded Davidson Wildcats (11-7; 5-4 A-10) advanced to its second straight Atlantic 10 semifinals with a 17-13 victory over No. 4 VCU (7-11; 5-4 A-10) in the quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship, held at Richmond's Robins Stadium on Thursday. Davidson will take on top-seeded Massachusetts on Friday at 1:00 pm.

Olivia Carey and Sam Rippley each found the back of the net in the opening five minutes of the contest, before VCU rattled off a trio of scores from Keriann McTavish, Molly Barcikowski and Jessica Del Rossi for an early 3-2 lead. The 'Cats answered with a four-goal run of their own, starting with a man-up free position opportunity for Jordan Wood. Rippley added her second goal of the day, followed by Shayne Antolini and Christine Molinari scores.

VCU and Davidson traded goals back and forth before Molinari added a pair of quick goals, and Rippley notched another, each completing first-half hat tricks and extending Davidson's lead to five. Barcikowski found the back of the net with just 28 seconds remaining in the half for a tally of 10-6 in favor of the Wildcats at the break.

The Rams got on board in the second half just over a minute in, as McTavish found Blaire Langeler in transition. VCU netted three of the next four goals scored to cut Davidson's lead to one, 11-10. Davidson kept the game out of reach answering each VCU run, led by Molinari and Rippley

Molinari led all scorers with five goals, followed by four from Sam Rippley and VCU's Barcikowski. Defensively, Davidson's Natalie Junior collected four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers, while Sarah Kopp recorded seven draw controls. 

The box score stats were fairly close, as Davidson had a 33-30 edge in shots and VCU won the battle for groundballs (17-16) and draw controls (18-14). The Wildcats were 3-of-4 on free-position shots, while goalie Rose Woolson halted all four of the Rams’ attempts.

Rose Woolson, a First Team All-Conference selection, made 11 saves and allowing 13 goals in the contest.

The Wildcats will face No. 1 UMass in the A-10 semifinals for a second consecutive year on Friday at 1:00 pm. UMass defeated Davidson in conference play earlier this season, 14-4. 

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