Sept. 1, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - - Cloey LemMon scored her fourth goal of the season, UC Davis picked up two more in the second half and the defense allowed just eight shots, as the Aggie women's field hockey team beat visiting Bryant 3-1 on Saturday afternoon at Aggie Stadium.
The victory was the third straight to start the season for UC Davis, which was also 3-0 during the 2009 season when it re-emerged as a varsity program. The Bulldogs, led by Michelle Fallon's goal in the 56th minute that cut a two-goal deficit in half, dropped to 1-2.
The Aggies, who have not trailed at any point yet this season, got on the scoreboard first in the 14th minute when Nadia Namdari took a breakaway pass on the right wing and dished to Marissa Hughes in the middle. Hughes then slipped the ball to LemMon on the left who slammed into the right side of the cage for her team-leading fourth goal.
The matchup stayed a one-goal difference until the 53rd minute when Jamie Garcia took a ball off a penalty corner and passed it to Casey Willbrinck on her left who fired an approximately 30-foot shot into the cage for her first goal of the season.
Bryant came right back, though, and barely more than three minutes later got back into the game when Fallon shot from the right side to score for the first time this season and make it 2-1. Hughes, though, just about sealed the game in the 60th minute, backhanding a shot after a pass across the goal from LemMon.
The Aggies outshot the Bulldogs 32-8 and had a 16-9 advantage in penalty corners.
"It feels great to see the team's hard work paying off," said Aggie coach Vianney Campos. "It's invaluable for the players to see that good offseason preparation will really pay off. Today's game wasn't our strongest individually but our team cohesion on the field really allowed us to support each other and come out with the win.
"The seniors are stepping up and leading this team vocally and emotionally, and I'm so proud of the momentum we've built going into three very tough matches in the next week," she added.
Megan Hancock had 10 saves for Bryant while Conley Craven had one.
UC Davis will hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Berkeley on Monday for a neutral-site game at 11 a.m. against No. 20 Northwestern. The Aggies will return to Berkeley on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. game against Drexel. A matchup versus No. 12 Iowa at Stanford on Sept. 10 will conclude the tough stretch of games.