Sept. 12, 2009
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The UC Davis field hockey team was defeated by New Hampshire, 2-0, Saturday on the first day of the Sheraton Classic, hosted by Vermont. The Wildcats scored a goal early and another late to secure the two-goal victory. The loss drops UC Davis to 3-3 on the year while UNH improved to 2-2.
New Hampshire opened the scoring in the 8th minute as Cally Cooke connected to give the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead. The margin would stay that way for the next 60 minutes before Meg Shea added an insurance goal with under three minutes to play to put UNH up 2-0.
"The girls came out with heart like usual and fought all the way to the end with the game being 1-0 until the last five minutes," said UC Davis head coach Vianney Campos. "The pace of the game was controlled by New Hampshire, and that really affected our ability to execute. It was our fifth game in nine days. Mentally we didn't find a way to overcome that fatigue and play smart, and UNH capitalized on that."
New Hampshire outshot UC Davis, 21-6. Lindsey Valadez took three of the Aggies' six shots. Nadia Namdari finished with two shots, and Erin LemMon added a shot. Lauren Sawvelle posted seven saves for the game.
UC Davis concludes the tournament Sunday against host Vermont. It will also mark the end of the team's six-game road trip that started Sept. 4 at Saint Francis.