Davidson, NC – The Davidson men’s lacrosse team took to the field for their final home fall scrimmage on Saturday night to face cross-town rivals UNC Charlotte and despite coming from behind to send the game to overtime, came up short in the extra period falling 12-11.
Davidson, playing shorthanded with injuries to several key players including Chris Hanrahan and, came into the game after a decisive victory over Montreat College the week before. UNC Charlotte presented a tougher challenge with their depth and experience.
The 49ers asserted themselves early scoring the first 3 goals of the game. Davidson found answers in sophomore midfielderwho scored the first 3 goals for the Wildcats on his way to a 4 goal, 2 assist night. Despite Worrilow’s heroics, Davidson found themselves down 7-3 with a few minutes remaining in the second half. Freshman Maxx Evans gave the ‘Cats a surge with an incredible individual effort beating a double team to beat the Charlotte goalie low and get the deficit down to 3 before halftime, one of his 4 goals on the night.
Despite an early goal by Charlotte to put the Wildcats down 4 at the beginning of the second half, the Cat’s controlled possession throughout the 3rd and 4th quarters. Goals by Evans, Worrilow and senior captainbrought Davidson within one with under 5 minutes to play in the game.
Down by one and on defense in the closing moments, it was sophomore defensemenand who combined on the double team to force a turnover and give the Cat’s a chance to tie with 90 seconds left. The equalizer came with just 5 seconds left in regulation as Manning came around the backside of the crease and beat the goalie low to force overtime.
Charlotte was able to control the first face-off of overtime and score on the ensuing drive to the goal.
“I am very proud of the effort that these guys put in tonight” said Davidson coach Ben Ralston, “we had a bit of a slow start but every guy on this team played harder and harder with each possession. Everyone on our team is pushing to be better and that bodes well for when we see these guys again.”
Davidson will play one more situational scrimmage this fall before the full season starts this February. Saturday marked the 11th family weekend game, established to give family and friends an opportunity to see the ‘Cats in action before the start of the season.