Nov. 5, 2010
DAVIDSON, N.C. - The No. 3 UC Davis field hockey team ended their season on a high note, taking a 4-2 victory over No. 4 Appalachian State Friday morning in a consolation game at the NorPac tournament, at Belk Turf Field. Marissa Hughes tallied two goals, while Nadia Namdari added a goal and two assists in the win.
The Aggies held a 2-0 lead at halftime, before going up by three goals late in the second half, en route to the win. UC Davis finished their season with a 7-10 overall record in just their second year as a varsity sport, a four game improvement from last season. The Mountaineers finished with a 5-14 overall record, after a pair of losses in the conference tourney.
UC Davis was rewarded for its early offensive pressure with the first goal of the game at 12:16 on a breakaway. Hughes, who netted the goal, started the play at midfield, slipped it to Namdari who made a 40 yard self-pass into the circle and crossed it to a wide-open Hughes for the score.
The Aggies made it a two-goal lead later in the first, after Namdari's scored her eighth goal of the season on a one-on-one move past a diving keeper. The goal game in the 25th minute of play, as the score remained 2-0 at the intermission.
There was an extended break from any scores to start the second half, before Hughes tallied her second goal of the game in the 57th minute, with Kristen Lopez getting credit for the assist.
The final six minutes saw three more goals, with Appalachian State reaching the scoreboard, thanks to a Nicole Morgan goal in the 65th minute.
Cloey LemMon put the game out of reach just 11 seconds later, scoring at the 65:05 mark on a another assist for Namdari. Morgan recorded one more goal for the Mountaineers in the 67th minute, before the clock reached zero for the final 4-2 score.
Conley Craven started in goal for UC Davis, playing 51 minutes and earning the win before Lauren Sawvelle came in for the final 19. For Appalachian State it was Bridgette Street in goal for the first 60 minutes, collecting 10 saves in a losing effort.
"The team went into the App. State game very determined to end the season on a high note," said head coach Vianney Campos. "Our goal of playing UC Davis field hockey; using our passing game, aggressively pressuring and having fun were very well executed."
"Thanks to their hard work and passion, we ended the season with a very nice win against another conference opponent," continued Campos. "I am proud of their efforts and very excited to see their continued improvement throughout the off season."
The Aggies had just one junior on this season's team, with sophomores and freshmen completing the roster. UC Davis will not lose any players to graduation and will look continue their improvement in the 2011 campaign.
The NorPac tournament will continue with play today and tomorrow. The third place consolation game takes place tomorrow at 8 a.m. PT, with the Championship game set for 10:30 a.m. PT.