Big second half lifts SCAD over Davenport
ROME – Charlotte Cutts scored seven goals to lead her second-seeded SCAD-Savannah Bees to a 19-9 victory over seventh-seeded Davenport University in the second quarterfinal at the 2nd Annual National Women’s Lacrosse League Tournament in Rome, Ga., on Thursday afternoon.
The win propels SCAD-Savannah (13-4) into Friday’s first semifinal against No. 3 seed Tennessee Wesleyan, an 18-13 winner over Reinhardt earlier in the day. Davenport (9-8) falls into the consolation bracket and will play out the rest of the tournament in the hunt for fifth place.
Davenport pushed the tournament’s No. 2 seed to the brink over the first 30 minutes, but a huge second half performance lifted SCAD-Savannah to the win.
The Bees scored the first six goals of the second stanza to take a 13-7 lead and assume control of the game. Davenport showed signs of life with consecutive goals to pull within 13-9, but the Panthers went scoreless over the final 18:05. Kayla Nelson scored two goals during SCAD-Savannah’s 6-0 run to close the game.
SCAD-Savannah’s second half performance was more than likely sparked by an inspired effort from Davenport in the first half.
The Panthers, who lost to SCAD-Savannah 20-4 during the regular season, had a 2-1 lead 11:35 into the first half and Michon Moline’s third goal of the first half tied the game at 5 with 10:27 left until halftime. Davenport’s Kaitlyn Lowden scored the final two goals of the first half to knot the score at 7 heading into the break.
But SCAD-Savannah dominated the run of play in the second frame, outshooting Davenport 21-8 and scooping up 14 ground balls to Davenport’s eight. The Bees outshot Davenport 30-17 for the game and forced 22 Panther giveaways.
Nelson scored four goals and added an assist for SCAD-Savannah and Haley Fauvelle chipped in with three goals for the victors. Lowden matched teammate Moline with three goals for Davenport.