Oct. 17, 2012
Friday, Oct. 19 - PEPPERDINE, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20 - vs. Fresno Pacific (The Rodeo), 11:40 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21 - vs. Brown (The Rodeo), 9:20 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21 - vs. Bucknell (The Rodeo), 1:20 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 - at Air Force (L, 11-15)
TO RECAP: UC Davis (11-10, 10-3) trailed wire-to-wire in a WWPA road matchup at No. 13 Air Force on Saturday... Sophomore attacker Trevor Allen scored four goals while center Teddy Nicholson added two... True freshman Philip Bates took over goalkeeping chores in the second half, tallying five saves with six goals allowed in his collegiate debut... The Aggies fought back to within a 4-3 deficit before surrendering a 5-1 Falcon run.
Allen has emerged as one of UC Davis' leading scorers in the past three weekends, having scored 13 goals in the last six games... Sophomore utility Chris Richardson had netted at least one goal in 14 straight games until Saturday... This tandem has 78 combined goals for the year, 35.6 percent of the team's 219, although their share has swollen to 45 percent of the Aggies' total output in the past seven contests (27 of 60)... Defensively, UC Davis has allowed an average of 12.2 goals in the last 10 games after giving up 8.9 per in the first 11... Some of that difference can be attributed to strength of schedule: the Aggies faced seven Top 20 teams in the last 10 games after seeing six in the first 11.
UP NEXT: UC Davis hosts No. 8 Pepperdine for a Friday night tilt before taking on Fresno Pacific, No. 12 Brown and No. 17 Bucknell at Santa Clara's Rodeo tournament... PEPPERDINE (8-6) lost 8-6 to fifth-ranked Stanford in an MPSF home game on Sunday, getting two goals from seniors Matthew DeTrane and Stephen Loomis... Loomis and DeTrane rank 1-2 among the Waves' scoring leaders with 29 and 27 goals, respectively... Goalkeeper Bence Valics has 171 saves with 120 goals against for a .587 average... FRESNO PACIFIC (10-7) finally hosted a home match on Friday, losing to No. 20 Concordia... The Sunbirds have mostly played in road tournaments, plus two doubleheaders at nearby Sunnyside High School... Sophomore utility Ian Roos hit three goals in the loss to CU...
BROWN (18-2) owns the highest ranking of any non-California school, having lost only to UCLA and Johns Hopkins... The Bears unloaded for a 23-9 victory over Harvard, getting six goals, three assists and five steals from junior James McNamara... Senior center Svetozar Stefanovic paces Brown with 69 goals while McNamara has team-high totals of 56 assists and 56 steals... BUCKNELL (9-10) went 3-1 in a four-game homestand, picking up its first win against a ranked team with its 10-9 clipping of No. 16 Princeton... Senior Brian Barron scored a total of 17 goals and six assists for the weekend, including eight in a loss to No. 14 Navy, earning CWPA Southern Division Player of the Week honors... Goalkeeper Matt Napleton was the division's Defensive Player of the Week for his 55 saves and .556 save average.
HEAD COACH STEVE DOTEN:
"We didn't start well [at Air Force], and that concerns me. That's one thing we definitely have to get better at because you don't want to always have to dig yourself out of a hole. When I look back over the season, we've had some issues of starting in a hole. But what went well was that we won the second half. The guys fought hard and fought all the way through. That bodes well for us. If we can start games better and keep it up for four quarters, we'll see some results."
"Our main focus has to be our defense. We're scoring enough goals, we're dynamic enough to get some counterattack goals and to do some things in the half-court or 6-on-5. I just think we've gotten away from really putting the clamps down on defense. So I've challenged the team to show our best defensive effort at the end of the season."
"We want to score the first goal of the game against Pepperdine. They have an excellent two-meter player, and that's the whole crux of what we want to do. We want to put pressure on the perimeter players so our goalkeepers aren't facing so many shots. But we have to protect or run a zone or a help defense so the center doesn't just eat us up inside. So we have to be better at helping and field blocking, to help our goalies. Pepperdine will be a great opportunity. They have very good shooters on the perimeter, a very good center - they're an excellent team for us to play in terms of having to deal with a team defensively."