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It was a quick start but a tough end for Radford Field Hockey, who played Davidson University on Oct. 29 in North Carolina. With an attendance of 224 Wildcat fans, Davidson got the win after scoring two goals in the first half, and holding tight defense to pull it out 2-1.
The Highlanders entered the game with a season record of 7-10, while Davidson entered with a record of 9-7.
The first half of the game was where most of the action took place. Only three minutes into the game, with an assist by senior midfielder Marlee Schramm, senior forward Melissa Register scored the first goal of the game and for the Highlanders, which became Register’s eighth goal of the season.
Fourteen minutes later, Davidson tied the game at one goal apiece. Wildcat’s forward Finley Amato was awarded the assist on midfielder Annie Evan’s seventh goal of the season.
When it looked as if the first half was coming to a close, Davidson scored again in the 33rd minute, to give the Wildcats a lead 2-1. Amato made another assist to help give forward Christine Rua her ninth goal of the season.
The score reflected the lack of shots Radford had in the first half. The Highlanders only had one shot at goal, while Davidson had 10.
The second half of the game proved to be uneventful. It was full of hard-fought defense and goal shots, but neither team was able to make a dent in the score.
Twenty minutes into the second half, Radford’s senior back Ellie Staples had a chance to score, but her shot was blocked by Davidson’s goalkeeper, Sarah Fisher. Fisher went on to make two more saves in the half. The shots were made by Register and senior back Lynsey Daughtrey.With tight defense and tough goalkeeping, neither team could get a goal.
Overall, Davidson outshot the Highlanders 13-7, and had more saves than the High’s at a close margin of 3-2. Davidson improved to 10-7 on the season, while Radford ended the season at a record of 7-11. The Highlanders finished off with a record of 2-4 in the NorPac conference.
Register finished first on the team in goals scored with eight, while senior midfielder Courtney Poole finished with six. Senior forward Madonna Wadolowski finished with a team-leading five assists.
As for cumulative team statistics, the Highs gave up a total of 46 goals on the season, while scoring 32. RU outshot their opponents on the season by a margin of 270-241, and also outpaced their opponents in shots on goal 167-160. In terms of penalty corners, RU dominated the competition by a margin of 175-115.
The Highlanders are finished with NorPac regular season play for the 2011 year, and will travel to California for the NorPac Tournament. The Highs will play against University of California at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 3.