Nov. 4, 2010
DAVIDSON, N.C. - The No. 3 UC Davis field hockey team dropped their first round game in the NorPac conference tournament, falling 6-2 to No. 2 Longwood Thursday morning, at Belk Turf Field in Davidson, N.C. A four-goal outburst for Longwood, ignited by Olga Knop and Lauren van de Kamp, in the first 14 minutes of the match helped the Lancers take a five-goal first half lead.
The Aggies outscored Longwood 2-1 in the second period, but the offense proved to be too little too late, as the Lancers took the four-goal cushion to a first round win. UC Davis received goals from Emily Mecke and Cloey LemMon, with both scores coming late in the second half. Knop tallied the first and third goals for Longwood, while van de Kamp assisted on both of Knop’s scores and netted the fourth goal. Andrea Bastiaanse picked a pair of the assists on the corner goals.
Longwood’s first two tallies came 38 seconds apart in the sixth minute. Knop began the surge when she converted on direct corner, ripping a low shot into the left side of the cage at 5:16. Following Knop’s tally, Amanda Babineau connected on a bouncing ball in front that came off Kimberly Sullivan’s stick.
Knop once again scored on a direct corner, drag flicking into the net at 10:52. van de Kamp capped of the surge, putting home a rebound in the 15th minute, to give the Lancers a 4-0 advantage.
UC Davis had a chance to get on the board when it was awarded a penalty stroke in the 19th minute, but Lancer keeper Kaye Goulding came up with the save.
Stacey de Grandhomme capped off the first half scoring barrage with a hard shot through the five-hole in the 32nd minute, putting Longwood on top 5-0 at the intermission.
Goulding stopped another stroke in the 52nd minute, making a high glove save while dropping to the turf. Emily Mecke spoiled the shutout scoring on a breakaway in the 59th minute. Marissa Hughes set up the play with a long ball up the middle the field.
The Lancers had the answer just two minutes later, when Kimberly Sullivan took advantage of a one-on-one opportunity, pushing the score to 6-1. LemMon tallied the final score of the game, taking a Mecke pass to score her fifth goal of the season at the 61:37 mark, making it a final 6-2 score.
Lauren Sawvelle was in goal for the Aggies in the first half, before Conley Craven stepped in for the second period. For Longwood, Goulding recorded six saves in 52 minutes on the field, with Amy Lewis playing the final 18 in goal.
"Although the score was 6-2, the girls played a hard fought game," said head coach Vianney Campos. "Longwood capitalized on their opportunities and we dug a hole early. Although we fought back, we need to execute on our opportunities if we want to get back into the game."
"The ladies had a great run this season but are pumped to have another chance tomorrow to finish their season on a high note," continued Campos. "They recognize that setting our foundation for the program is a process and they are committed to helping that happen. Sometimes the process doesn't go in our favor, but we recognize we have a lot to work on and are ready to continue making the best of it."
UC Davis will close out their season tomorrow at 8 a.m. PT, playing in a consolation game verses the loser of the Stanford/Appalachian State contest.