Nov. 3, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. -Davidson College scored three goals over 5-minute, 23-second span during the latter part of the second half on Thursday, breaking a 1-1 deadlock and leading to a 4-1 win over the UC Davis women's field hockey team in the quarterfinal round of the NorPac Championships at Stanford. Emily Mecke scored in the 15th minute for the Aggies who are 4-12. Finley Amata tied the game for the Wildcats in the first half before Gray Robinson, Tyler McFayden and Christine Rua tallied goals between the 56th and 61st minutes of the second half to lift Davidson to the win. Davidson improved to 11-7.
The Wildcats, seeded second in the East Division, advance to play Stanford in Friday's semifinal round while the Aggies will face Appalachian State - which lost to the Cardinal 7-0 in another first-round game - at 11 a.m. on Friday.
UC Davis and Davidson were meeting for the second time in the Aggies' three appearances at the conference tournament. The Wildcats won the first matchup 2-1 in 2009 and this year's showdown appeared headed for a similar result after the teams were tied 1-1 for 36 minutes covering both halves.
The Aggies had forged a 1-0 lead earlier in the game when Mecke tipped in a ball off the stick of Nadia Namdari in traffic in front of the goal. It was Mecke's team-leading seventh goal of the season and gave her an Aggie-best 15 points.
The advantage was short-lived, however, as Amato poked home a deflection just under five minutes later to make it 1-1.
UC Davis fired off four shots in a row a little later in the half while the Wildcats took the final two before halftime. Conley Craven made two saves during the first 20 minutes of the second half before Robinson scored her third goal of the season, deflecting a crossing pass and putting Davidson into the lead for good.
The Aggies, though, came right back down and put the pressure on Wildcats' goalie Sarah Fisher who stopped Cloey Lemmon from inside the arc in the 56th minute. McFayden responded shortly after in the 58th minute with her fourth goal while Rua made it 4-1 less than two minutes later.
UC Davis had three shots the remainder of the game but Fisher stopped two of them.
"Davidson did a really good job of breaking through our formation and they put a lot of pressure on the defense," said Aggie coach Vianney Campos. "A lot of the defenders had an awesome game but eventually they get worn out (and) they get tired. Davidson did a good job of getting us confused from time to time and it worked."
The Wildcats outshot UC Davis 15-11 and had eight shots on goal, two more than the Aggies. Craven had four saves while Fisher had five. Both teams had four penalty corners.
UC Davis will conclude its season on Friday when it faces Appalachian State for the second consecutive year. The Aggies posted a 4-2 win in the consolation round in 2011.