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
VCU and Davidson traded goals back and forth before Molinari added a pair of quick goals, and
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
Molinari led all scorers with five goals, followed by four from Sam
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.