Sept. 29, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis women's field hockey team puts its 1-0 NorPac Conference record on the line Sunday afternoon when the Aggies host California in a noon matchup looking for their third straight win overall.
The Aggies, coming off an exciting 4-3 overtime win at Pacific last Sunday, are currently tied with No. 13 Stanford atop the West Division standings after the first week of conference action. Cal, which lost to the visiting Cardinal 2-1 on Friday night in its league opener, is 3-5 overall.
UC Davis is 5-6 overall and looking to match a season-best three-game winning streak it enjoyed at the start of the season. The Aggies began their most recent winning streak with a 9-0 win over Siena on Sept. 19 before traveling to Pacific and downing the Tigers.
Cal and UC Davis have played thrilling matchups at Aggie Stadium each of the past two seasons, both of them going overtime and each of them with Cal rallying late. UC Davis led 3-2 in 2010 after Marissa Hughes scored in the 67th minute but a goal with 32 seconds left tied it for the Bears who won it in the 75th minute. The game featured four goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation.
The Aggies led most of last year's matchup, taking a 2-0 halftime lead on a pair of scores from Emily Mecke. However, Cal rallied with last-minute goals by Megan Shimojima and Andrea Earle to tie the game, and then won it on Shimojima's goal in extra time.
Lara Kruggel leads Cal with eight goals and 16 points this season, twice as many goals and points as Jordan O'Reilly who is next on both lists for the Bears. Caroline Strujik has two goals. Joelle van Hoorn has 19 saves in goal, having seen most of the action, while Courtney Hendrickson has 13 saves.
Cloey LemMon continues to lead UC Davis in scoring with 15 points and six goals while Hughes, the NorPac West Division's Offensive Player of the Week, has five goals and 12 points. Jamie Garcia, who earned Rookie of the Week honors after a big games against Siena and Pacific, has a team-best six assists and also 10 points.
Conley Craven has 37 saves guarding the cage for UC Davis, starting all but one game.
Sunday's game is the first home matchup for the Aggies since Sept. 1 and is the only one until UC Davis returns home after three road games to face Stanford on Oct. 20.