UC Davis Aggies (0-4)
William and Mary Tribe (3-1)
Saturday, Sept. 9 - 1 p.m. (PT)/ 4 p.m. (ET)
Phyllis Ocker Field (1,500) - Ann Arbor, Michigan
UC Davis Aggies
No. 7 Michigan Wolverines (3-1)
Sunday, Sept. 10 - 11 a.m (PT)/ 2 p.m. (ET)
Phyllis Ocker Field (1,500) - Ann Arbor, Michigan
DAVIS, Calif. – The Aggies’ inaugural road trip of the 2017 season will take place this weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan. UC Davis will start off with a neutral-site match against William and Mary on Saturday, then turnaround to face the host Wolverines on Sunday.
This weekend’s games represent two of nine road events on the schedule for UC Davis; the first four taking place over a nine-day timespan. The Aggies last faced William and Mary in September of 2011 and the Wolverines in 2013.
Tess Ellis enters her fifth season as head coach for William and Mary and her 22nd season overall on the coaching staff for the Tribe. Michigan is led by head coach Marcia Pankratz who enters her 18th season with the Wolverines this year.
SCOUTING WILLIAM AND MARY
The Tribe began their 2017 campaign with a three-game homestand against Duke, Fairfield, and Monmouth. Currently 3-1 overall, William and Mary has strung together three consecutive wins after dropping their season opener to No. 2 Duke by a score of 5-0.
The leading scorer for the Tribe, senior Cammie Lloyd, led the team in points and goals in 2016 and has notched three goals and one assist so far in 2017. The Tribe’s second leading scorer, sophomore Woodard Hooper, has two goals and one assist this season. In goal for the Tribe sophomore Morgan Connor boasts a 1.75 goals against average and 20 saves in 2017.
The Tribe will take on No. 7 Michigan one day prior to their scheduled game against UC Davis.
The Wolverines kicked off their 2017 season with a win against then No. 1 ranked North Carolina by a score of 3-2. Michigan also won their second and third matches against No. 15 Wake Forest and No. 25 Liberty to keep their winning streak alive. But the run was ended two days after their win against Liberty when Michigan lost to No. 4 Connecticut by a score of 2-1.
The Michigan offense has already proven their ability to find the back of the cage, outscoring their opponents 12-8. The Wolverines have also demonstrated their scoring depth with seven different players responsible for Michigan’s 12 goals this season.
Michigan’s leading scorer, sophomore Meg Dowthwaite, has garnered a respectable five goals and one assist in 2017, while fellow sophomore Guadalupe Fernandez Lacort has tallied five assists on the year.
The Wolverines will finish off the last three matches of their five-game homestand against William and Mary, UC Davis, and Michigan State over the next week.
Michigan recently moved up in the in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division 1 Preseason Poll ranking, improving from No. 11 to No. 7 in the nation, as announced on Sept. 5.
ALL ABOARD! NEXT STOP, ANN ARBOR!
“I’m really looking forward to playing William and Mary and Michigan,” said head coach Britt Broady. “Both teams have outstanding coaches and I think it will be a weekend of quality field hockey.”
Despite only having played four games, the Aggies’ schedule has been nothing short of competitive. Three of their first four contests were against top-25 squads, including No. 5 Syracuse. The Aggies are set to face another top-10 team in No. 7 Michigan this weekend.
“So far we have experienced a significant amount of growth as a team,” said Broady. “We have played to win in every game and that mentality will allow us to continue improving over the course of the season,” Broady added.
IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK
The Wolverines’ Phyllis Ocker Field will host both Saturday’s and Sunday’s contests. Originally built in 1995, the 1,500-seat facility was recently upgraded in 2014 with a dark blue AstroTurf 12 playing surface.
“Michigan’s facility is one of the best in the country,” Broady said. “The last time I was there I was coaching in a final four, which is always a nice time to go,” Broady added.
ALL HANDS ON DECK
With eight freshman, six returning starters, and a three-member senior class, head coach Britt Broady begins her first season at UC Davis with a young lineup. Of the 20 student-athletes wearing a UC Davis uniform this season, 14 are underclassmen.
Having a young squad means UC Davis will be relying on their freshman class to hit the ground running. Shea Gavin and Nicola Prebble have earned starting positions in all four games this season. Additionally, Emily Chen, Madison Theodore, Daniella Schoenfeld, Carli Colyer, and Summer Borsack have seen significant minutes coming off the bench.
SENIORS SET THE TONE
Several of the UC Davis upperclassmen have already stepped into key roles this season, and senior captain Briana Sooy is no exception. “Briana’s leadership in the midfield has been a crucial component in our ability to develop an attack,” said Broady.
Senior Kate Young has started her 2017 campaign off strong tallying two defensive saves on the year, accounting for half of the team’s total. Fellow senior Madison Cohen made her presence known in the Aggies’ first game of the season when she notched a goal against Michigan State.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
UC Davis has selected Briana Sooy, Lauren Mewes, and Kelley Kramer as team captains for the 2017 season.
Briana Sooy’s versatility on the field was made clear during her freshman year as an Aggie. Competing in all 18 games, she played nine as goalkeeper, and the other nine as a position player. The communications major will begin her 2017 campaign with career totals of one goal and four assists, of which three were notched during the 2016 season.
During the 2016 season, Lauren Mewes notched a whopping six defensive saves. She currently holds the school record for defensive saves in a season and is tied with Kelly Dudek (2009-2012) for the career record. The junior managerial economics major enters the season with career totals of three goals and two assists.
Junior forward, Kelley Kramer, will start off this season with career totals of two goals and two assists. The animal science major has demonstrated her consistency, scoring one goal and one assist in each year she has donned an Aggie uniform. Kramer has tallied one defensive save in 2017 so far.
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