Oct. 26, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - Claire Dougherty scored the first of her two goals just over a minute into the game and Rachelle Comeau added a pair in the second half as California posted a 6-0 NorPac Field Hockey Conference win over visiting UC Davis on Friday, delaying the Aggies' opportunity to clinch second place in the West Division.
Both teams are now 6-11 with just the Aggies' game against Pacific on Sunday remaining in the regular season. Cal finished its league season with a 2-4 record, the same as Pacific, while UC Davis slipped to 2-3. An Aggie win on Sunday will clinch the West Division's No. 2 seed heading into next week's conference championship tournament at Longwood. If Pacific beats the Aggies, it'll force a three-way tie for second behind unbeaten Stanford, bringing into play tiebreakers.
Cal jumped out to a quick lead as Dougherty scored just 63 seconds into Friday's contest, taking an assist from Comeau. Leading 2-0 early in the second half, Dougherty added her second of the game and third of the season off a penalty corner.
Lara Kruggel added the first of her two consecutive assists, finding Kendra Bills in the 51st minute for a 4-0 lead, then assisting on Comeau's first goal that made it 5-0 in the 62nd. Laura Spellman hit Comeau on a breakaway rush toward the goal in the 69th minute to round at the Bears' scoring.
UC Davis' game on Sunday, in which it will honor its 11-player senior class, starts at 1 p.m. at Aggie Stadium.