Aug. 31, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - - Three tough tests over a five-day span await the undefeated UC Davis women's field hockey team, beginning with Saturday's home game against Bryant University and continuing with matchups against No. 20 Northwestern and No. 24 Drexel early next week.
The Aggies are 2-0 after dispatching Saint Louis University last Saturday by a 3-0 score and then coming back two days later for a 4-1 win over La Salle. The two home wins gave UC Davis a three-game winning streak dating back to the end of last season.
Monday's game against Northwestern will be played at 11 a.m. at Berkeley while Wednesday neutral-site contest versus Drexel will be at 2 p.m., also at Cal.
Saturday's game against Bryant, which starts at noon, is a rematch of last year's matchup in Smithfield, R.I., that was won 3-1 by the Aggies. The Bulldogs enter this weekend's contest with a 1-1 record after losing a tough 2-1 game at Pacific on Friday afternoon. They'll all face Cal during this weekend's roadtrip to the west coast.
Rosie Bird, who scored Bryant's lone goal on Friday, has a team-high three goals so far this season. Corinne Woods has the Bulldogs' other score. Cloey Lemmon, Casey Wollbrinck and Emily Mecke each scored goals for UC Davis in the Aggies' win last season after Bird's early score had staked Bryant to an early lead.
Northwestern is off to a 3-1 start this season and has two upsets already. The Wildcats, who beat No. 11 Stanford 4-1 on Wednesday, beat their second ranked team on Friday when they edged No. 16 Cal 1-0 in Berkeley. Chelsea Armstrong scored the game's lone goal for Northwestern which has already played three ranked teams.
UC Davis and Northwestern last faced off in 2010 with the Wildcats posting a 5-0 home win over the Aggies.
Drexel is 3-0 as it makes its way west for games against UC Davis, Cal and Stanford. They opened with a big upset over No. 5 Duke on Aug. 24, 1-0, and followed with victories over Rider (2-1) and Saint Joseph's (2-1, OT). Lindsay McArdle has three goals to pace the Dragons.
UC Davis posted two wins to start its 2012 season, picking up goals from Marissa Hughes, LemMon and Maggie Barry during Saturday's win against the Billikens, and then playing solid defense to post a shutout.
The Aggies put together another strong defensive effort together against La Salle on Monday, shutting out the Explorers for nearly 54 minutes. LemMon added two goals, Mecke scored another and Nadia Namdari added one for UC Davis which raced to a 4-0 lead.
The Aggies outshot La Salle 28-4 in the game.
UC Davis will not play home again after Saturday's game until faceing Cal on Sept. 30.