Oct. 12, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Cloey LemMon and Jamie Garcia each scored goals and had assists for UC Davis during the first half of Friday's women's field hockey game against Towson University, but the Tigers rallied late and upended the Aggies in overtime, 3-2.
UC Davis dropped to 6-8 after the nonconference defeat while Towson picked up its first win of the year, improving to 1-13. Kasie Nurko scored in the third minute of overtime to win the game for the Tigers who tied it late in regulation.
The Aggies jumped out of the gates early, scoring a pair of goals less than 90 seconds apart in the opening minutes of the game. LemMon earned the first goal in the fourth minute, tipping in a ball from the near post off the stick of Garcia.
LemMon returned the favor in the fifth minute, teaming with Kelly Dudek to set up Garcia off a penalty corner to make it 2-0. It was Garcia's fourth goal of the season. Towson outshot UC Davis 8-6 in the first half and put four of them on goal which were each saved by Aggie goalie Danielle Herrington.
The Aggies continued to hold the lead until the 54th minute when Towson cut its deficit in half on a goal from Heather Jenney who tipped in a ball from Megan Penza on the far side. It was Jenney's sixth goal of the year.
Herrington made two saves the rest of the way to keep UC Davis in control before Towson tied it in the 68th minute off Kelsey Fielder's penalty stroke goal. Lydia Brambila had a shot on goal off a penalty corner on the last play of the regulation but it was saved by Tashani Dickson.
In overtime, Nadia Namdari got an early shot on goal that was saved before Nurko took a pass at midfield from Courtney Branco, scoring on a breakaway.
Herrington had seven saves in goal for the Aggies who took 17 shots, led by Namdari who had three. Dickson posted seven saves for the Tigers.
The Aggies will conclude their brief trip to the east coast when they take on defending NCAA champion and sixth-ranked Maryland on Sunday at 10 a.m. (PDT).