Aggies return home to host Golden Bears, Buckeyes

Sept. 27, 2017

Match 9
California Golden Bears (6-3, 1-0 AE)
UC Davis Aggies (1-7)
Friday, Sept. 29 - 3 p.m.
Aggie Field Hockey Facility (500) - Davis, Calif.
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Match 10
Ohio State Buckeyes (4-5)
UC Davis Aggies
Sunday Oct. 1 - 1 p.m. *(Note new game time)
Aggie Field Hockey Facility (500) - Davis, Calif.
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DAVIS, Calif. – After wrapping up their first road trip of the season in Providence, the Aggies will return home for a two-game homestand against America East colleague California on Friday and Ohio State on Sunday. The Buckeyes will be visiting the Aggie Field Hockey Facility for the first time in either program’s history.
“We are excited to be back home and welcome Cal to begin America East play,” said head coach Britt Broady.
Friday’s game will mark the first conference match for UC Davis and the second for California, who opened their America East play against Pacific earlier this month.
“We had a bye this past weekend, so we were able to spend more time focusing on individual defense and attacking skills,” Broady said. “We need to have a sustained attack with all 11 players on the field, and that is what we intend to do on Friday,” Broady added.
The Aggies last faced California in October of 2016 and the Buckeyes in September that same year.
The Buckeyes are led by Jarred Martin in his first season as head coach. And at the helm for California is Shellie Onstead who enters her 23rd season as head coach for the Golden Bears.
The Aggies’ America East colleague opened their 2017 season with a four-game homestand against Syracuse, Michigan State, Massachusetts, and Iowa, earning an overall record of 1-3. The Golden Bears then strung together five back-to-back wins against Bryant, Northeastern, fellow America East foe Pacific, Fairfield, and Quinnipiac.
California will enter Friday’s game at the Aggie Field Hockey Facility with a 6-3 mark.
Leading the Golden Bears with 22 points on 10 goals and two assists is freshman Megan Rodgers. Sophomores Femke Delissen and Lindsay Mathison both lead the team in assists, tied at five apiece.
Starting sophomore goalkeeper, and Davis, Calif. native, Danielle Mentink boasts 31 saves and a 1.44 goals against average for the Golden Bears.
The Buckeyes began their 2017 campaign with back-to-back wins against Lehigh and Louisville. Following a loss to Kent State, Ohio State faced off against Miami (OH), Wake Forest, Northwestern, and Ohio earning a 4-3 record overall. The last two games the Buckeyes played were against Michigan and Michigan State, the latter of which went into an overtime shootout.
Ohio State will look to take on Stanford with a 4-5 record this Saturday at 12 p.m. before facing off against the Aggies on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Leading the Buckeyes in both goals and points is senior Maddy Humphrey who has posted 15 points on six goals and three assists so far in 2017. Leading the team in assists is fellow senior Maartje Bongers who has notched four on the season.
Ohio State’s senior goalkeeper and 2016 member of the Big Ten Preseason Watch List, Liz Tamburro, boasts 40 saves on the season and a 1.39 goals against average for 2017 thus far.

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. 

Leading the Aggies in both points and goals is sophomore Kim van der Meulen. The nutrition science major has tallied one goal and one assist on two separate occasions this season for the Aggies: William and Mary and Providence. Across eight games, Van der Meulen has garnered six points on two goals and two assists.
Not far behind van der Meulen is senior Madison Cohen, with four points on one goal and two assists for 2017. The human development major notched her first career goal during the Aggies’ first game of the season against Michigan State.
Senior Kate Young, freshman Carli Colyer, freshman Shea Gavin, and freshman Daniella Schoenfeld make up the rest of the goals scored for UC Davis this season, each tallying one goal in 2017.
Junior forward Nica Taglieri notched her first and second career assists against William and Mary and Providence, respectively.
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 garnered an impressive 69 saves as a team, with 64 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. With Bigelow currently at 64 saves for the season, she is just 1.5 saves away from halving Sawvelle’s record. With 9 games remaining on the Aggies’ schedule, Bigelow is on pace for 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 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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