Sept. 12, 2013
LAST WEEK'S GAMES
Sept. 6 vs. Liberty: L, 2-1
Sept. 8 vs. Dartmouth: L, 4-3
THIS WEEK'S ACTION
UC Davis Aggies (1-2)
No. 16 Louisville Cardinals (3-1)
Friday, Sept. 13 - 10 a.m. (PT)
Phyllis Ocker Field (500) - Ann Arbor, Mich.
UC Davis Aggies
Michigan Wolverines (1-3)
Sunday, Sept. 15 - 10 a.m. (PT)
Phyllis Ocker Field (500) - Ann Arbor, Mich.
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will experience a weekend of firsts when the team travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., to open a six-game road trip, the team's longest of the season. In addition to competing in its first road match of the year Friday, against its first ranked team of the season, this week's schedule contains the first true road game of the season. Including Friday's contest versus Louisville, the last three games played by the Aggies took place on a neutral field.
Picked to finish third in the Big East Conference, No. 16 Louisville travels to Ann Arbor with a 3-1 overall record. After opening with a 3-2 loss at Virginia, the Cardinals took their next three at Richmond, at home against William & Mary and Ohio to earn its national ranking.
Freshman forward Shannon Sloss and junior defender Alyssa Voelmle lead Louisville in scoring with three goals apiece, nearly half of their team's total. Louisville has scored 14 goals throughout its four games, and has allowed only seven.
Sydney King will earn the start for head coach Justine Sowry; she holds a 1.75 goals against average and .708 save percentage.
UC Davis will face Michigan in its first true road game of the season Sunday morning at Ocker Field. Ranked No. 9 by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association in its preseason poll, the Wolverines slid out of the organization's most recent ranking due to their 1-3 start.
Even though Michigan enters its first homestand of the season with one win, all three losses took places against top 20 teams. After opening the season with a loss against No. 14 Massachusetts, Michigan rebounded to defeat Maine in its following game.
In last weekend's ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Michigan was downed by No. 1 North Carolina and No. 18 Wake Forest.
Michigan is one of the toughest teams in the nation to face on it own field as the team is 130-43 at Ocker Field since it opened in 1995.
Of the nine goals scored by the Wolverines, senior forward Rachel Mack has scored on four of her 23 shots taken. With the Wolverines responsible for nine goals, and 50 shots, Mack is nearly responsible for half of her team's offensive totals this season.
THE FIRST OF MANY
Known for creating as challenging a season as possible, UC Davis field hockey will face its first ranked team of the season this Friday, against No. 16 Louisville, in a neutral-site game in Ann Arbor, Mich.
When originally released, the Aggies' schedule contained four teams that earned a preseason national ranking from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
TOP 10 TOTALS
Entering this week's action, a number of Aggies possess top 10 statistical NorPac rankings (in parentheses)
Shots: Agustina Singh - 10 (10)
Shots Per Game: Agustina Singh - 3.33 (9)
Points: Danielle Koehne - 8 (3); Jamie Garcia, Cloey LemMon - 4 (T-9)
Points Per Game: Danielle Koehne - 8 (2); Jamie Garcia - 4 (8)
Goals: Danielle Koehne - 4 (T-2)
Goals Per Game: 1.33 - (2)
Assists: Hannah Drawbridge, Jamie Garcia, Cloey LemMon - 2 (T-4)
Assists Per Game: Hannah Drawbridge, Jamie Garcia, Cloey LemMon - 0.67 (T-4)
Game-Winning Goals: Danielle Koehne - 1 (T-2)
Saves Per Game: Danielle Herrington - 2.67 (8)
Shutouts: Danielle Herrington - (T-1)
Goals Against Average: Danielle Harrington - 1.20 (4)
Save Percentage: Danielle Harrington - .727 (4)
OUR PLACE IN THE (NOR)PAC
Compared to other NorPac teams, UC Davis possesses the following team rankings (in parentheses):
Scoring Margin: 0.67 (4)
Scoring Average: 2.67 (3)
Shutouts: 1 (T-1)
Goals Against Average: 2.00 (5)
Shots: 45 (5)
Shots Per Game: 15.00 (4)
Goals Scored: 8 (3)
Goals Scored Per Game: 2.67
Goals Allowed: 6 (5)
Goals Allowed Per Game: 2.00 (5)
Assists: 8 (2)
Assists Per Game: 2.67 (2)
Saves: 11 (T-7)
Saves Per Game: 3.67 (7)
Penalty Corners: 19 (4)
Defensive Saves: 0 (T-5)
MAKING THE MOST OF A FIRST IMPRESSION
Redshirt freshman forward Danielle Koehne scored 10 minutes into the Aggies' non-conference match against Missouri State, on Aug. 30, and again 10 minutes into the second half to help UC Davis earn a 4-0 shutout in its season opener at Aggie Stadium.
A 2012 redshirt, Koehne scored on both shots taken against the Bears that afternoon in her first game as an Aggie.
KEEPING CLEAN ON THE FIELD
Forced to make only one save in her team's inaugural game of the season, senior goalkeeper Danielle Herrington earned the second shutout of her career in front of the UC Davis faithful at Aggie Stadium.
TRIAL BY FIRE
In her first game as an Aggie, forward Agustina Singh recorded a team-high three shots and one on goal. Singh was one of two true freshmen to earn a starting nod from interim coach Austin Pile in UC Davis' season opener against Missouri State. Midfielder Courtney Hessler was the other true freshman to earn one of 11 starting spots.
CHALK UP ANOTHER ONE
For the fourth time since taking the field for its inaugural season in 2009, UC Davis earned a victory in its season opener by downing Missouri State by a 4-0 score. The Bears were also defeated by UC Davis in its 2009 season opener; other victories took place in 2011, at home against Pacific and last season, also at home, when the Aggies shutout Saint Louis 3-0.
NO GOALS FOR YOU
For the second time in as many seasons, UC Davis did not allow a goal to its opponent in a season opener. Last season, the Aggies kept Saint Louis off the scoreboard in their 3-0 win; this year, UC Davis blanked Missouri State 4-0 to open its season in victorious fashion.
ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
UC Davis will face four teams this season that earned a national preseason ranking from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Ranked opponents the Aggies will face include (preseason ranking in parentheses):
Sept. 15 at Michigan (9); Oct. 6 (H) and Oct. 11 (A) against Stanford (12); Oct. 26 vs. Penn State (6) in Iowa City, Iowa ; Oct. 27 at Iowa (13)
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE AGGIES' ROSTER
Included below is a breakdown of UC Davis 2013 roster by class, primary position and hometown.
Freshmen (10): Eden Borsack, Erica Cohen, Lauren Copeland, Megan Doles, Courtney Hessler, Katriona Jackson, Danielle Koehne, Kristin Rodgers, Agustina Singh, Kayla Wigney
Sophomores (7): Emily Costa, Hannah Drawbridge, Martha Duterte, Jamie Garcia, Courtney Hazy, Stephie Sabraw, Linnea Whitney
Juniors (5): Jennifer Allen, Sophia Lisaius, Mattie Maloney, Megan Reardon, Carly Schoch
Seniors (2): Danielle Herrington, Cloey LemMon
Goalkeepers (2): Erica Cohen, Danielle Herrington
Defenders (5): Eden Borsack, Martha Duterte, Mattie Maloney, Carly Schoch, Linnea Whitney
Midfielders (10): Jennifer Allen, Lauren Copeland, Emily Costa, Hannah Drawbridge, Jamie Garcia, Courtney Hazy, Courtney Hessler, Katriona Jackson, Megan Reardon, Kristin Rodgers
Forwards (7): Megan Doles, Danielle Koehne, Cloey LemMon, Sophia Lisaius, Stephie Sabraw, Agustina Singh, Kayla Wigney
California (22): Jennifer Allen, Eden Borsack, Erica Cohen, Lauren Copeland, Emily Costa, Megan Doles, Hannah Drawbridge, Martha Duterte, Jamie Garcia, Courtney Hazy, Danielle Herrington, Courtney Hessler, Katriona Jackson, Danielle Koehne, Cloey LemMon, Mattie Maloney, Kristin Rodgers, Stephie Sabraw, Carly Schoch, Agustina Singh, Linnea Whitney, Kayla Wigney
Vermont (1): Sophia Lisaius
Virginia (1): Megan Reardon
Games taking place in the following weeks that involve UC Davis field hockey include:
Sept. 24: at Miami (OH) - 2:30 p.m. PT
Sept. 25: at Ball State - 12 p.m. PT
Sept. 27: vs. Central Michigan - 10 a.m. PT
Sept. 29: vs. Vermont - 8 a.m. PT