Friday, November 02, 2007

Fall sports refuse to yield

I, like so many other Davidson people right now, am absolutely obsessed with the start of men's basketball. With national press proclaiming us to be the prince of the cinderellas, it has been fun to bask in the spotlight that Stephen Curry, Jason Richards and Bob McKillop have drawn to little ol' Davidson.

But even within all of the respect for men's basketball that most other students and student-athletes have on campus, the fall sports teams aren't ready to pack up their bags and go sit in the stands in Belk Arena.

The men's soccer team pulled out a thrilling OT win to beat Wofford last Saturday and are now positioning themselves to pull an upset or two in the SoCon tournament. Despite starting the season at 1-9, the Wildcats could finish as high as fourth in the conference and will likely face off against rival UNC Greensboro in the tournament's quarterfinal round.

The women's soccer team finished the season with four straight straight shutouts and have only allowed more than goal in a game once in the past 15 contests. The Wildcats earned a two seed heading into this weekend's tournament and they will host Wofford at home on Sunday at 3. The Wildcats are doubly confident because Davidson was selected to host the semifinals and finals of this year's conference tournament. With defensive specialist Melanee Smith back to help out Nancy Haskell on the defensive side of the field, Davidson might not give up another goal for the rest of the season.

With some missing links on both sides of the line, this was supposed to be an up and down season for Davidson football. After losing to Dayton on Oct. 13, it looked as though the Wildcats season was over. But after a miraculous victory over Drake, the Wildcats now sit at 5-3 and are on the road to having another winning season. If the Cats can repeat their magic tomorrow against San Diego, they will be in the scenarios for the PFL regular season championship (they would need Dayton to lose both of its final games).

Combine these strong fall teams with the start up of swimming where freshman Lindsey Martin has been destroying the Davidson record books, and it seems that there are still quite a few student-athletes who can wait a little longer before Stephen Curry and the Wildcats take the court.

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