Fordham women had plenty to celebrate — four times. (Photo courtesy of Fordham SID)
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Hitting the road for the first time in 25 days made little difference for the Fordham University women at Alumni Stadium Thursday night.
Four players scored for the Rams, who continued their run as one of the hottest team in the Atlantic 10, netting four goals for the second consecutive game in a 4-1 win over Davidson.
Fordham improved to 6-5, 3-0 in the league, while Davidson fell to 2-8, 0-3.
The Rams extend their winning streak to five matches for the first time since 2014 and post a 3-0 start to conference play for the first time since 2008.
The visitors were the beneficiary of a Davidson mistake in the 12th minute. Milan Bornstein put a long ball toward the box that a Davidson defender tried to clear. The ball angled off the defender over goalkeeper Sarah L’Hommedieu for an own goal.
Fordham made it 2-0 in the 36th minute on a fine individual effort from Clara Gastaldi. Gastaldi worked her way around a defender, spinning for a shot that found the lower right corner of the net for her third goal of the season.
The Wildcats answered that goal in the 40th minute, as Fordham was called for a handball just outside the top of the penalty area. Sydney Simmons took the free kick, scoring inside the right post for her first of the season to make it 2-1. The goal ended Fordham’s shutout streak at a school-record 416 minutes.
Fordham regained a two-goal edge as Emma Johnson found Maura Holst for a redirected shot in front of the goal in the 55th minute for her second goal this season.
The Rams capped off night with a 67th-minute goal. Fordham goalkeeper Kelly LaMorte sent a long punt forward that bounced to the head of Lane Cronin. Cronin flicked the ball to herself, getting around a defender to go 1-on-1 with the keeper, tucking the ball into the lower left side of the net for her first of the season. It marked the first time since September 2006 that Fordham recorded consecutive four-goal games.
LaMorte had four saves to go with her first career assist, while L’Hommedieu also had four stops.