Oct. 29, 2011
STOCKTON, Calif. - Casey Wollbrinck and Cloey LemMon each scored goals during Saturday's first eight minutes while Kristen Lopez and Nadia Namdari added scores later as UC Davis beat host Pacific 4-1 in a NorPac Conference women's field hockey game.
UC Davis finished the regular season with a 4-11 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the NorPac, securing the West Division's third seed for next week's conference tournament at Stanford. The Aggies will face Davidson (10-7, 4-2) at 11 a.m. on Thursday in the first round.
UC Davis beat Pacific for the second time this season after opening the year with a 3-1 win at Aggie Stadium in August. The Tigers, who will be the fourth seed at the NorPac Tournament, are 2-13 overall and 0-6 in the league.
The Aggies wasted little time in gettng on the scoreboard against Pacific as Wollbrinck teamed with LemMon and Lopez on a penatly corner, converting a shot from the top of the circle less than two minutes into the game.
The Tigers' Robin Nelson rebounded a shot by Dinah Compton just over two minutes later, scoring to tie the game, but that deadlock would be shortlived as Lydia Brambila passed to LemMon who tipped the ball in for a goal in just the eighth minute to put UC Davis up 2-1.
Lopez's second goal of the season - she scored against Pacific in their earlier matchup - made it 4-1 in the 30th minute while Namdari's goal off an assist from Ashley Haight in the 61st minute made it a three-goal game.
Both teams had 10 shots in the first half but played a much more defensive game in the second, combining for just nine shots. Conley Craven had six gaves while Tigers' keeper Ashlee Schlesier had five. Each goalie had all but one of their saves in the first half.
"I think we played a very composed and well-rounded game today," said head coach Vianney Campos. "We had a lot of great passing sequences which reflects the work weve been putting into our support game. They did a great job in producing corners but I was very proud of the defensive corner unit's effort in keeping the ball out of the cage."
UC Davis will now turn its attention to the NorPac Tournament which will also feature Stanford, Cal and Pacific from the West Division and Davidson, Appalachian State, Longwood and Radford from the East Division.
Thursday's game against Davidson will be the second all-time meeting between the programs. Davidson won 2-1 in the 2009 conference tournament.
"We are happy and confident going into NorPac and we are sticking to our motto - 'one team, one dream", Campos said. "We want (to win) NorPac this year."
Consolation and championship semifinals will be played on Friday while the title game and third-place matchup are scheduled for Saturday.