Davidson Scores Two Thrilling Victories in Charleston

Charleston, SC – The Davidson men’s lacrosse team earned back to back victories in their most recent road trip to Charleston, both in come-from-behind fashion. The Wildcats defeated The Citadel 11-8 on Saturday to break a frustrating losing streak which included a number of one goal games and then followed it up by flipping the script on the one goal story by taking down the College of Charleston 10-9 in overtime on Sunday.

The ‘Cats had plenty of time to plan for their last road trip of the season having had two weeks without games. However, despite the extra preparation time, Davidson found themselves in a tough battle with The Citadel early. After going back and forth through the first quarter, the Bulldogs took advantage of power play opportunities to take a one goal lead into halftime. Then after scoring the first two goals of the second half, Citadel seemed to have a workable margin to control the game. However, it was the Wildcats and Freshman, Charlie Freeburg who took over. Behind Freeburg’s game-high 5 goals and 4 assists by Junior, Nolan Canter, Davidson dominated the remainder of the game by going on a 9-3 run that sealed the victory.

Coming off the victory, Davidson then faced another tough SELC team in the College of Charleston the following day. The temparate Charleston climate allowed both teams to get out and run throughout the game. And, despite their potent offense, the visitors found themselves in an all too familiar position; trailing by a goal late in the game. It was Junior midfielder, Wilson Purcell and Junior goalie, Henry Martin who played the heroes. Purcell was able to score a goal off of the drive in the closing minute of the fourth quarter to draw level and send the game to overtime. Despite having man-up opportunities in overtime, it looked like Charleston would seal the game when they got out in transition4 minutes into the overtime period. Senior defenseman, Chris Thompkins committed to the ball forcing the Charleston midfielder to dump to their attackman sitting on the doorstep for an easy goal. However, Martin exploded to check the potential goal scorer and force the turnover. On the next play, Purcell finished the job by bouncing one into the goal on the offensive side.

“It was great to get a couple of wins under our belt, especially on the road” said Martin. “These games definitely give us momentum to finish out the season strong.”

Davidson returns home for it’s final series of the season. They will play host to the Emory Eagles on Friday, April  19th at 7 PM and will finish their regular season the following day, Saturday, April 20th against Appalachian State at 2 PM. The Emory game will mark the return of Karl Schmidt. Schmidt tended goal for the Wildcats from 2006 to 2010 but is now coaching the Eagles as he earns his PhD in Neuroscience at Emory.