Oct. 4, 2013
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Sept. 24 at Miami (OH): L, 4-1
Sept. 25 at Ball State: L, 3-2
Sept. 27 vs. Central Michigan: L, 2-1 (OT)
Sept. 29 vs. Vermont: W, 4-1
THIS WEEK’S ACTION
No. 6 Stanford Cardinal (7-2)
UC Davis Aggies (2-7)
Sunday, Oct. 6 – 6 p.m.
Aggie Stadium (10,849) – Davis, Calif.
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DAVIS, Calif. – After a lengthy break, UC Davis will return Aggie Stadium for its first game since shutting out Missouri State in the inaugural game of the year when the Aggies host No. 6 Stanford, Sunday evening, at 6 p.m. That game against the Cardinal, the first NorPac contest of the year for UC Davis, will open a home-at-home series against Stanford; UC Davis will make the trip to Palo Alto, its first league road game, on Oct. 11. A 36-day gap is sandwiched between the Aggies’ season-opening victory against the Bears, and its league opener against the Cardinal.
SCOUTING NO. 6 STANFORD
Stanford, the NorPac’s only representative in the Penn Monto/NFHCA’s national poll, starts its league schedule as the No. 6 team in the nation in its conference opener, versus Pacific, on Oct. 4. After hosting its first home game in two weeks, the Cardinal will drive down I-80 to visit UC Davis Sunday evening.
Prior to opening its league schedule against the Tigers, the Cardinal won seven of nine non-conference games, including a block of contests that saw Stanford reel off six straight victories. Stanford and UC Davis each played one common opponent in Central Michigan, a team that defeated the Aggies in overtime last week by a 2-1 score but lost to the Cardinal two weeks prior by a slim 1-0 result.
The Cardinal enters this week’s games after splitting last week’s contests against nationally ranked opposition in then-No. 5 Syracuse and No. 11 Albany. Less than 24 hours after falling to the Orange, 3-1, the Cardinal downed the Great Danes by an identical score.
Junior defender Kelsey Harbin leads a pack of Stanford goal scorers with four; junior midfielder Alex McCawley, senior attackers Courtney Haldeman and Hope Burke all trail Harbin by one.
Dulcie Davies has competed in every minute of all nine games played so far this season, has allowed only nine goals and holds a 0.97 goals against average. The sophomore goalkeeper has made 37 saves and carries a .804 save percentage.
Since UC Davis resurrected its field hockey program and returned to action in 2009, Stanford has won all eight head-to-head games.
BLAME IT ON THE RAIN?
Competing against Vermont, in a torrid downpour, for all but a handful of minutes in a neutral-site contest at Ball State on Sept. 29, UC Davis scored four goals in its victory against the Catamounts. Of the four goals scored, all were earned by different Aggies. Danielle Koehne, Jamie Garcia, Sophia Lisaius and Kayla Wigney all scored in a game that capped a six-game road trip, and a portion of UC Davis’ schedule that included four games within a six-day timespan.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Sunday’s NorPac opener is just the second true home game for UC Davis this year and follows a 4-0, season-opening triumph that took place on Aug. 30, against Missouri State. Since that game, the Aggies were the designated home team for two neutral-site games held at Cal, then hit the road for six straight.
UC Davis and Appalachian State are the two NorPac teams that have hosted the fewest home games prior to league action; each also have the fewest number of home games this season with four.
SPEAK SOFTLY AND CARRY A BIG STICK
Redshirt freshman forward Danielle Koehne has quickly created a reputation as one of the most dangerous scorers in the conference with four goals scored throughout her first five games in a UC Davis uniform. Ranked No. 2 in the NorPac with five goals, alongside two others, Koehne trails only Longwood’s Stacey deGrandhomme for the top spot. Of the top nine players, Koehne is the lone first-year player.
SHARING MEANS CARING
Tied for No. 2 in the NorPac with four assists, Jamie Garcia is also tied for second in the league with a 0.44 assists per game average. Of the Aggies’ 13 assists earned throughout its first nine games played, the sophomore midfielder is singlehandedly responsible for nearly one-third of the team’s total.
THE FIRST OF MANY
Known for creating as challenging a season as possible, UC Davis field hockey faced its first ranked team of the season on Sept. 13, 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 (NFHCA).
TOP 10 TOTALS
Entering this week's action, a number of Aggies possess top 10 statistical NorPac rankings (in parentheses) through Sept. 29.
Shots: Agustina Singh – 27 (6)
Shots Per Game: Agustina Singh – 3.00 (7); Jamie Garcia – 2.56 (T-9)
Points: Danielle Koehne – 10 (T-8)
Points Per Game: Danielle Koehne – 1.11 (T-7)
Goals: Danielle Koehne – 5 (T-2); Cloey LemMon – 3 (T-10)
Goals Per Game: Danielle Koehne – 0.56 (T-2)
Assists: Jamie Garcia – 4 (T-2)
Assists Per Game: Jamie Garcia – 0.44 (T-2)
Game-Winning Goals: Danielle Koehne – 2 (T-1)
Defensive Saves: Jennifer Allen – 1 (T-6)
Saves: Danielle Herrington – 34 (8)
Saves Per Game: Danielle Herrington – 3.78 (9)
Shutouts: Danielle Herrington – 1 (T-3)
Goals Against Average: Danielle Herrington – 2.95 (7)
Save Percentage: Danielle Herrington – .596 (9)
OUR PLACE IN THE (NOR)PAC
Compared to other NorPac teams, UC Davis possesses the following team rankings (in parentheses):
Scoring Margin: -1.09 (5)
Scoring Average: 1.86 (4)
Shutouts: 1 (T-4)
Goals Against Average: 2.96 (5)
Shots: 120 (T-4)
Shots Per Game: 13.33 (4)
Goals Scored: 17 (4)
Goals Scored Per Game: 1.89 (4)
Goals Allowed: 27 (5)
Goals Allowed Per Game: 3.00 (5)
Assists: 13 (T-3)
Assists Per Game: 1.44 (3)
Saves: 41 (8)
Saves Per Game: 4.56 (8)
Penalty Corners: 51 (4)
Defensive Saves: 1 (T-5)
PACK YOUR BAGS
The Aggies’ six-day, four-game road trip prior to the start of league competition is the second-longest block of action experienced by a NorPac team this season. Pacific will compete against four East Coast teams in as many days in its penultimate week of non-conference games before facing Stanford, on the road, in its conference opener.
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
After a whirlwind week on the road prior to the start of its NorPac schedule, UC Davis’ upcoming schedule includes games on:
Friday, Oct. 11: at Stanford – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 13: vs. Cal – 3 p.m.