LemMon's Hat Trick Sparks Aggies Past Quakers

Kristen Lopez has a team-leading six assist on Sunday morning. <br> (Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
 
Kristen Lopez has a team-leading six assist on Sunday morning.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
 

Oct. 9, 2011

Final Stats

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Sophomore Cloey LemMon scored a hat trick, picking up her first goal just 80 seconds into the game, as UC Davis finished its three-game trip to the east coast with a 3-1 nonconference women's field hockey victory over host Penn on Sunday morning.

The Aggie snapped a seven-game losing streak, improving to 3-8 overall while the Quakers dropped to 2-8. Helene Caniglia scored Penn's only goal. Kristen Lopez had two assists for UC Davis.

UC Davis outshot Penn 24-11 - the second straight game its dominated its opponent in that area - and put 19 of its attempts on goal. LemMon, who took over the team lead with five goals this season, didn't waste any opportunities, scoring on all three of her attempts.

She scored twice in the first 11 minutes and added her final goal in the 59th minute.

"We've been waiting for Cloey to bring this type of composed intensity," said Aggie coach Vianney Campos. "She has an incredible drive to score and today she made sure she showed it. All three of her goals were earned and she had a great finish against a very tough Penn goalkeeper."

The Aggies were held without a goal despite 23 shots in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss at La Salle on Saturday but jumped on the Quakers early in Sunday. LemMon took a pass from Marissa Hughes after just 1 minute, 20 seconds and scored a breakaway goal for a 1-0 lead.

Penn had two penalty corners and UC Davis had one before LemMon struck again in the 11th minute, scoring from in front of the goal after taking Lopez's pass from the right side.

The Aggie defense thwarted the Quakers over the first 35 minutes, allowing just four shots, none of them in the final 11-1/2 minutes. None of their tries in the first half were on goal.

Each team had two shots in the first nine minutes after halftime before Caniglia scored her second goal of the season on a penalty corner, cutting UC Davis' lead to 2-1.

 

 

UC Davis then peppered Quaker goalie Kieran Sweeney with six shots on goal over a less than three-minute span before having Penn return the favor with three shots - including two saved by Lauren Sawvelle - over 83 seconds shortly after.

LemMon gave the Aggies some key breathing room in the 59th minute when Lopez dished to her again for LemMon's third goal of the game. Lopez had had her team-high sixth assist.

Kieran Sweeney had 16 saves for Penn while Sawvelle had two and Conley Craven had one for the Aggies. Marissa Hughes had five shots on goal while Lopez finished with four. Both teams had 13 penalty corners.

"I am very proud of the team's effort and they truly deserved this "W", said Campos. "Hopefully this game creates momentum for us to be able to continue to take advantage in games that we dominate statistically."

UC Davis will return to NorPac Conference action when they visit Cal for a 7 p.m. game on Friday.