Oct. 28, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Nadia Namdari had two goals and an assist on Sunday afternoon and UC Davis broke an early tie with three unanswered scores as the Aggie field hockey team beat visiting Pacific 4-1 to clinch second place in the NorPac Conference West Division.
The win, which snapped UC Davis' five-game losing streak, improvednthe Aggies to 7-11 overall and 3-3 in the NorPac. They'll enter the NorPac Tournament at Longwood University as the No. 2 seed from the West and face Davidson, the No. 3 East seed, at 8 a.m. (Pacific) on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Pacific, which picked up a goal from Dinah Compton, fell to 5-12 overall and 1-5 in the league. The Tigers will be the No. 4 West seed.
UC Davis, which edged Pacific, 4-3, in overtime on Sept. 23, got the early score in Sunday's game when Casey Wollbrinck - one of 11 seniors honored during pregame ceremonies - took a ball off a penalty corner, dribbled in and fired a shot that found the back of the cage in the 11th minute
Compton, however, knotted the game for the Tigers just three minutes later, deflecting a shot from Emily Trudeau. It was Compton's second goal of the season.
Namdari then had a hand in each of the next three goals for UC Davis, including two in the first half. She scored in the 19th minute off an assist by Cloey LemMon, making it 2-1, while her shot from five yards in the 32nd, gave UC Davis a 3-1 advantage.
Namdari completed her day with another shot from the left that was tipped in by senior Marissa Hughes in the 63rd minute. It was Hughes' seventh goal of the year.
Conley Craven had four saves in goal for UC Davis while Ashlee Schlesier had five for the Tigers. Melissa Maultsby had five shots for Pacific.
The Aggies outshot Pacific 15-10 but the Tigers had a 10-4 advantage in penalty corners.
The second-place finish is UC Davis' best since restarting its varsity program in 2009. UC Davis will play the first game of this year's tournament and will be followed by Liberty (No. 1 East) vs. Pacific (No. 4 West), Stanford (No. 1 West) vs. Radford (No. 4 East) and Longwood (No. 2 East) vs. Cal (No. 3 West).
The tournament winner advances to an NCAA Tournament play-in game on Nov. 6.