Aggies en route to Rhode Island

Sept. 13, 2017

Match 7
UC Davis Aggies (0-6)
Bryant University Bulldogs (1-6)
Friday Sept. 15 - 8 a.m. (PT)/ 11 a.m. (ET)
Goldberger Family Field (Brown University) - Providence, Rhode Island
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Match 8
UC Davis Aggies
Providence Friars (3-3)
Sunday Sept. 17 - 8 a.m. (PT)/ 11 a.m. (ET)
Lennon Family Field - Providence, Rhode Island
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DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis will complete the second half of their four-game road trip this weekend in Providence, Rhode Island. The Aggies’ neutral-site match against Bryant University on Friday will take place at 8 a.m. (PT). Following a break on Saturday, UC Davis will face off against Providence on Sunday at 8 a.m.
This Friday’s match will mark the fifth meeting for UC Davis and Bryant, the most recent of which took place in 2015. The Aggies’ lone contest against Providence occurred back in 2011.
The Bulldogs are led by head coach Joppe de Vries in his first season, and at the helm for the Friars is head coach Diane Madl who enters her 16th season with Providence.
The Bulldogs will enter Friday’s contest with a 1-6 mark. The Bulldogs edged out local foe Brown University in their fourth game of the season by a score of 4-3. Other opponents Bryant has faced this season include Northeastern, Maine, Providence, California, Dartmouth, and No. 20 Boston University.
Leading the team in both goals and points is freshman Alex Neumann with three goals, one assist, and seven points. Not far behind Neumann is junior Victoria Newbill, who has tallied two goals, two assists, and six points on the year.
The Bulldogs’ starting goalkeeper, sophomore Miranda Grundy, has posted 29 saves across seven games in 2017.
Friday’s contest will mark Bryant’s eighth game overall and third home match for 2017.
The Friars have experienced a similar schedule to that of their neighboring Bulldogs. Both Providence and Bryant have faced off against Maine, Northeastern, and Brown. The Friars walked away victorious in their game against the Bulldogs, taking the victory by a margin of 3-2.
Two of the Friars' losses came from matches against currently ranked squads in No. 10 Boston College and No. 14 Northwestern. The Friar’s third loss of the year came from an overtime match against Northeastern.
Players to watch include freshman Manon van Weezel who has notched four assists on the season, and sophomore Sylvia Miller who finished second on the team in scoring for 2016, tallying 18 points off eight goals and two assists.  
Senior goalkeeper Megan Guilbert has collected 14 saves during her 2017 campaign, and 134 total saves across her career.
Providence is set to face Temple in their next match on Sept. 15.
With eight freshmen, 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. 
The Aggies’ 2017 schedule has been nothing short of competitive. Of the six games played so far, four were against top-25 squads including then ranked No. 5 Syracuse, No. 7 Michigan, No. 17 Iowa, and No. 20 Harvard.
Since playing the Aggies, Syracuse and Harvard have moved up in the rankings, improving from No. 5 to No. 3, and No. 20 to No. 17, respectively. Additionally, one of the Aggies’ recent opponents, William and Mary, made their way onto the Penn/Monto NFHCA Division 1 Coaches Poll rankings for the first time this season sliding in at No. 18.
Senior Madison Cohen and sophomore Kim van der Meulen share the team high for points; both earning three points on one goal and one assist this season.
As a team, UC Davis has tallied five defensive saves on the year with freshman Summer Borsack and senior Kate Young each contributing two apiece.
The Aggies have also garnered a whopping 62 saves as a team, with 57 of those resulting from the efforts of sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea Bigelow.

The school record for saves in a season was set by Lauren Sawvelle in 2009 at 131. Bigelow has already posted nearly half of that across the Aggies’ six games. With 11 games remaining on the Aggies’ schedule, Bigelow is on pace to have her name appear in the all-time record books for a fourth time this season.

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 senior 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.

Also in 2016, Lauren Mewes tallied 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. So far in 2017, Kramer has taken two shots and posted one defensive save.