Sept. 14, 2012
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -
Nadia Namdari gave UC Davis an early one-goal lead against Sacred Heart University on Friday afternoon but the host Pioneers rallied with two second-half goals to upend the Aggies 2-1 in a nonconference women's field hockey game.
The Aggies, who are at the start of a four-game roadtrip on the east coast, fell to 3-4 with the loss while the Pioneers improved to 4-1. Sarah Bergman scored both goals for Sacred Heart.
UC Davis, which played three nationally ranked teams in its most recent matchups, struck first in Friday's matchup when Namdari, a senior forward from Escondido, scored her second goal of the season in the 18th minute, taking a pass from Cloey LemMon from inside the circle and tipping it in from in front of the net.
For LemMon, the assist was her team-lead tying third of the year and gave her an Aggie-best 13 points. Sacred Heart took five of the next six shots over the remainder of the first half and had five of the next seven penalty corners, but UC Davis was able to maintain the lead going into halftime.
The game remain tied for the first 10 minutes of the second half before Bergman put in a loose ball in front of the cage after a blocked shot on a penalty corner. Mary Altepeter kept the game tied for Sacred Heart, saving shots by Casey Wollbrinck and Emily Mecke, while Aggie goalie Conley Craven had a save to help the UC Davis defense.
Bergman, however, provided the game-winner in the 65th minute when she scored off a penalty corner for her second goal of the game. The Aggies pulled Conley in favor of an extra field player for the final three minutes but were unable to get the equalizer.
Conley had four saves for UC Davis while Atepeter picked up five for Sacred Heart. The Pioneers had a 14-7 advantage in shots overall but the Aggies were just one behind on shots on goal (7-6).
UC Davis will continue its roadtrip with a nonconference game at Hofstra on Sunday.