Sept. 13, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis women's field hockey team, coming off three tough games against nationally ranked programs last week, will make the first of two roadtrips to the east coast when the Aggies open a four-game schedule at Sacred Heart on Friday afternoon.
The Aggies, 3-3 on the season, will also face Hofstra on Sunday, Rider on Monday and Siena on Wednesday before returning to California for the beginning of NorPac Conference action on Sept. 23 at Pacific. UC Davis is in the midst of eight straight games away from Aggie Stadium after opening the year with three consecutive home games.
Sacred Heart is led in scoring by Liz Bergman who has three goals and six points, and by Kate Boyd who has tallied a pair of goals and has four points. Four different players have accounted for the Pioneers' seven goals so far. Mary Atepeter has seen most of the action in goal, collecting 21 saves while starting three games.
Hofstra, located in Hempstead, N.Y., is 4-3 after dropping a 4-2 matchup to Columbia on Wednesday. The Pride won four of their first five games but have dropped their last two. Janel Bolleau has provided most of the offensive firepower for Hofstra, tallying eight goals through her first seven games while adding a pair of assists. Her 18 points are 10 more than the next closest player on the team. Kaitlyn De Turo has stopped 44 saves in goal and is allowing just 1.57 goals per game.
Rider and UC Davis share a common opponent this season in No. 15 Drexel. Rider opened the year with a 3-0 loss to the Dragons while the Aggies fell 6-0 to Drexel last week in Berkeley. Since their opening defeat though, the Broncs have been on a roll, winning four straight while outscoring their opponents 12-1. Sandra Penas and Gabby Burgo each have three goals to lead Rider while goalie Alicia Carthan hasn't allowed a goal in 147 minutes.
Siena is 0-3 after falling to UC Davis rival Pacific 4-1 on Thursday. The Saints have been outscored 11-2 in their first three games and will face Saint Joseph's on Sunday before hosting the Aggies on Wednesday. The Tigers jumped to a 3-0 lead over Siena on Thursday and were up 4-0 before allowing a late goal. The Saints finished 0-18 in 2011.
UC Davis heads into its roadtrip trying to snap a three-game losing streak after beginning the season with three straight wins. The Aggies, though, faced a tough stretch of games in the Bay Area last week, falling to then No. 20 Northwestern (5-2) on Sept. 3, to then No. 18 Drexel two days later, and then battling No. 10 Iowa tough on Monday in a 3-0 defeat that was just a one-goal game for much of the contest.
Cloey LemMon has five goals and 12 points to lead UC Davis, one of three players with at least two goals on the year. Marissa Hughes and Emily Mecke each have two each while freshman Jamie Garcia has a team-high three assists.
Conley Craven has made 16 saves in goal and owns a 3-3 record.
UC Davis will return to the east coast in October for two games, including a matchup against defending NCAA champion Maryland on Oct. 14.