Nov. 1, 2012
LONGWOOD, Va. - Senior Casey Wollbrinck scored off a direct corner in the 67th minute to bring No. 3W seed UC Davis within a goal of No. 2E seed Davidson, but the Wildcats held on to edge the Aggie women's field hockey team 2-1 in a NorPac Tournament quarterfinal game at Longwood University on Thursday.
The loss drops UC Davis into the consolation bracket where it'll face Pacific on Friday at 8 a.m. (PT). The Tigers, the No. 4 seed from the West Division, lost 2-1 in overtime to Liberty, the top-seeded team from the East Division. The Aggies are 7-12 while Davidson improved to 9-11 and will face Liberty on Friday in the semifinals.
Both teams had seven shots on goal during Thursday's opening-round game which was scoreless for more than 30 minutes before Anna Davis, who scored both of the Wildcats' goals, struck in the 32nd minute. Her shot from the left corner of the cage came off an assist from Finley Amato.
Davidson goalie Sarah Fisher, the East Division's top defensive player, stopped shots from Nadia Namdari, Ashley Haight and Lydia Brambila, to help keep the lead over the next 30 minutes. Aggie goalkeeper Conley Craven was also up to the task, turning away four Davidson shots as UC Davis tried to get the equalizer.
Davis scored her second goal in the 64th minute, dribbling into the circle and firing a hard shot into the back of the cage that staked the Wildcats to a 2-0 lead. Wollbrinck, however, gave the Aggies a chance less than three minutes later, taking assists from Cloey LemMon and Kelly Dudek off the direct corner to make it 2-1 in the final minutes.
UC Davis played with an empty net for the final almost two minutes but wasn't able to tie.
Craven had five saves in the game while Fisher had six. The Aggies, who were outshot 14-10 overall, held a 6-4 advantage on penalty corners.
UC Davis will face Pacific for the second time in a week and the third time this year when the teams square off on Friday. The Aggies beat Pacific 4-1 on Sunday to finish the regular season.