UC Davis Aggies (1-9)
No. 21 Saint Joseph’s Hawks (9-3)
Friday, Oct.6 - 12 p.m. (PT)/ 3 p.m. (ET)
Ellen Ryan Field (200) - Philadelphia, Pa.
UC Davis Aggies
Temple Owls (3-7)
Sunday, Oct. 8 - 9 a.m. (PT)/ 12 p.m. (ET)
Howarth Field (500) - Philadelphia, Pa.
DAVIS, Calif. – The Aggies will make their way to Philadelphia, Pa. for their last two non-conference games of the 2017 season. UC Davis is set to face No. 21 Saint Joseph’s on Friday and Temple on Sunday. The Aggies will face both the Hawks and the Owls for the first time in program history.
“Saint Joseph’s is another ranked opponent, which is nothing new for us this season,” said head coach Britt Broady. “We know we will face a good quality opponent with great hockey structure, and that’s what we are aiming to reciprocate,” Broady added.
“Temple is always a very exciting team to play against,” Broady said. “Their play is very fast-paced and the game is never over until the final whistle. I think with the energy and effort our team has been putting forth, it is going to be a very tightly contested game.”
Saint Joseph’s is led by head coach Lynn Farquhar in her fourth season, and at the helm for Temple is Marybeth Freeman, who enters her third season as head coach for the Owls.
SCOUTING SAINT JOSEPH’S
Saint Joseph’s will enter Friday’s match against UC Davis with a 9-3 record overall. The Hawks have faced off against three top-25 squads this season, including then ranked No. 6 Maryland, No. 15 James Madison, and No. 22 Rutgers. The Hawks are 2-2 for overtime matches this season, edging Villanova by a score of 2-1 and Columbia by a score of 4-3.
The Hawks are 3-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, their only loss against Richmond on Oct. 1.
Leading the team in points and assists is junior Anna Willocks with 21 points on seven goals and seven assists. The 2016 Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year is currently tied for third in school history for most career goals. Not far behind her is freshman Quinn Maguire, who leads the team in goals with 19 points on eight goals and three assists.
Sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke boasts 66 saves and a 1.15 goals against average for the Hawks this season.
Before facing the Aggies on Oct. 8, the Owls will first take on Big East colleague Old Dominion on Oct. 6. Currently 3-7, the Owls’ most recent victory was a 3-2 overtime win against Sacred Heart. Temple has faced two top-25 teams this season including then ranked No. 7 Penn State and No. 1 Connecticut.
Leading the team in goals and points is senior Rachael Mueller with 14 points on five goals and four assists. Mueller is tied for assists with sophomore Kathryn Edgar, who has tallied eight points this season on two goals and four assists.
Sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Lilliock has garnered 47 saves across eight games played so far in 2017.
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 nine games played, Van der Meulen has garnered six points on two goals and two assists.
Not far behind van der Meulen is senior Madison Cohen, with five points on one goal and three 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, sophomore Tatiana Arias, sophomore Lauren Gengarella, freshman Carli Colyer, freshman Shea Gavin, and freshman Daniella Schoenfeld make up the rest of the goal scorers this season, each tallying one goal in 2017.
Junior forward Nica Taglieri currently sits tied for third in points with Carli Colyer thanks to three assists notched in 2017.
As a team, UC Davis has tallied six defensive saves on the year with freshman Summer Borsack, junior Kelley Kramer, and senior Kate Young each contributing two apiece.
The Aggies have garnered an impressive 94 saves as a team, with 88 resulting from the efforts of sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea Bigelow.
“I can’t say enough good things about Chelsea,” said Broady. “Watching her consistently come up with world class and top-level NCAA saves, is so exciting. She is keeping the ball out of the cage in any way that she possibly can, and when it comes down to it, that’s the definition of good goalkeeping.”
The school record for saves in a season was set by Lauren Sawvelle in 2009 at 131. With Bigelow at 88 saves for the season, she currently has two thirds of Sawvelle’s record in the books. With seven games remaining on the Aggies’ schedule, Bigelow is on pace for her name appear in the all-time record books for a fifth time this season.
2017 ROSTER AT A GLANCE
With eight freshman, 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 donning a UC Davis uniform this season, 14 are underclassmen.
“The fight and the effort that this team shows day in and day out, and especially on game day, is one that any coach could only dream of,” said Broady. “And despite the setbacks we’ve experienced this season, we have been incredibly productive against very talented teams,” Broady added.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
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. Sooy has garnered one assist so far in 2017.
“Briana’s ability to receive going forward and move the ball forward has been something that she has worked very diligently upon, and is a key driver in sustaining our attack,” Broady said.
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 two defensive saves in 2017 so far.
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