DAVIS, Calif. - Before Friday night's NorPac season finale at Aggie Stadium, four members of UC Davis' senior class were honored for their contributions to the program. Nearly two hours later, everyone wearing UC Davis colors celebrated a 3-2 triumph over the Pacific Tigers, a win that lead to the Aggies' first-ever sweep of their home schedule.
The win also cinched a No. 2, West Division seeding at next week's NorPac Championships, the Aggies' opponent for Thursday's opening-round matchup will be determined once East Division play concludes Sunday. Regardless of the results of this weekend's final NorPac games, UC Davis will compete in the tournament's opening game, Thursday morning, at 8 a.m. (PT).
With the win, UC Davis ends the regular season with a 5-12 overall record and a 3-3 league mark; Pacific ends its season with respective records of 4-13 and 2-4.
Cloey LemMon, one of the Aggies' four graduating student-athletes, wasted no time in giving her team an early 1-0 lead when she connected on a rebound from Stephie Sabraw's first shot of the game.
By beating Pacific goalkeeper Maggie Corder near post, LemMon recorded her fifth goal of the year. The Aggies' all-time leading scorer will now enter next week's tournament with 27 career goals.
Even though Pacific was able to score a goal to head into halftime tied with UC Davis, Sabraw redirected a pass from Jamie Garcia to give UC Davis a 2-1 lead just 39 seconds after play resumed after the break.
Another 15 minutes passed before the Tigers tied the score at two apiece; as was the case with the events that unfolded in the inaugural moments of the second half, UC Davis regained the lead for good. Unlike LemMon's goal that helped the Aggies light up the scoreboard first, this lead was earned on an unorthodox play.
During an Aggie counterattack, Garcia blasted a shot towards the Tigers' goalkeeper in an attempt to create another one-time scoring opportunity. Even though she missed her teammate, who was sprinting down the field ahead of her, Garcia launched her pass with such pace, it bounced off Corder's leg pad into the back of the cage.
That Pacific own goal stood as the decisive play as the Aggies were able to withstand a late Tiger push, one that included an extra attacker when Pacific pulled its goalkeeper with 4:11 remaining.
Throughout those final minutes, UC Davis only allowed one shot, an attempt that was easily turned away by UC Davis goalkeeper Danielle Herrington to preserve the Aggies' slim cushion.
Herrington finished with six saves, her teammate Sabraw led all Aggies with three shots.
In addition to Herrington and LemMon, Carly Schoch and Megan Reardon, this year's class of graduating student-athletes, were honored in a pregame ceremony. Joining all four on the field were their friends, family members and loved ones-a collective group that joined the remaining Aggie starters on the field through the announcement of each team's lineup and national anthem.