Sept. 16, 2012
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Amanda Marinac and Marissa Hughes scored two late goals for UC Davis but host Hofstra used a three-goal cushion to absorb the rally as the Pride downed the Aggies 3-2 in a nonconference women's field hockey game on Sunday afternoon.
UC Davis dropped its second consecutive game on its current four-game roadtrip to the east coast, falling to 3-5 overall. Hofstra, which scored twice in the first half and then once early in the second, upped its overall mark to 5-4. Kerry Kiddoo had a goal and two assists for Hofstra.
Three different Pride players scored to help stake Hofstra to its 3-0 lead. Lauren Del Valle broke a scoreless game in the 23rd inning, taking a long pass into the circle from Kiddoo to get a shot past Aggie goalkeeper Conley Craven. It was Del Valle's third goal of the season.
Hughes tried to get the equalizer for UC Davis in the 31st minute but Hofstra' Kaitlyn De Turo made one of her eight saves to keep the lead with the Pride. Hofstra was able to take a 2-0 lead into halftime, scoring on a penalty corner on the last play of the half when Kiddoo tallied her first goal off assists from Codi Nyland and Krizia Layne.
Early Aggie pressure in the second half gave UC Davis three shots on goal over a 13-second span in the 43rd minute but De Turo was able to turn back two tries by Emily Mecke sandwiched around one by Hughes.
Katleyn Horan followed three minutes later for Hofstra by deflecting a long cross Kiddoo for her first score of the year and giving the Pride a three-goal advantage.
The score stayed that way until Marinac, off a pass from freshman Jamie Garcia, scored from the top of the circle in the 64th minute to make it 3-1. It was Marinac's first score of the season. UC Davis added its second goal in the final seconds of the game when Hughes picked up her third goal of 2012 off a penalty corner.
UC Davis outshot Hofstra 15-14 overall including a 10-7 lead on shots on goal. The Aggies also had a 9-7 advantage in penalty corners. Craven finished with three saves.
The Aggies are midway through their trip and will try to snap a five-game losing streak when they visit Rider on Monday. They'll take on Siena on Wednesday before returning home.