Radford Edges UC Davis In Field Hockey Battle

Lauren Sawvelle posted a career-high 16 saves in Sunday's game against Radford. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
Lauren Sawvelle posted a career-high 16 saves in Sunday's game against Radford. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

Oct. 4, 2009

Final Stats

DAVIDSON, N.C. - Radford scored a goal with 12:27 remaining and fought off a late charge by UC Davis (3-9) to edge the Aggies, 2-1, in a non-conference field hockey game Sunday at Davidson's Belk Turf Field. Erin LemMon scored her second goal of the season for the Aggies midway through the first half while Lauren Sawvelle finished with a career-high 16 saves.

Radford (5-6) opened the scoring in the seventh minute of the first half when Courtney Poole scored her fifth goal of the season to put the Highlanders up 1-0. Just over 10 minutes later, with 17:57 to play in the half, LemMon connected when she deflected a shot by Casey Wollbrinck over the Radford keeper to tie the game at 1-1.

The goal was in sharp contrast to Radford's 19-2 advantage in shots in the first half. However, Sawvelle was a big reason for the Aggies remaining tied going into halftime as she posted 10 of her 16 saves in the first period.

The game remained tied past the midway point of the second half before Kay Tufts scored the go-ahead goal with under 13 minutes to play. By that point, the Highlanders had held the Aggies without a shot in the second half.

With Radford clinging to the one-goal lead, UC Davis unleashed eight shots in the final 3:36. Four came in the final minute with the last being stopped via a defensive save with 12 seconds remaining.

For the game, Radford outshot UC Davis 28-11. The Highlanders also took 18 of the game's 21 penalty corners. In addition to Sawvelle's efforts, Kelly Dudek and Erinne Boyd each posted a defensive save for the Aggies.

The one-goal loss was the third in the past four outings for the Aggies. Sunday's contest completed a three-game road trip for the squad in Davidson. UC Davis is next in action Oct. 10 when it resumes NorPac play at California.