Oct. 4, 2012
STANFORD, Calif.- Coming off its biggest NorPac Conference win since restarting its varsity program four seasons ago, the UC Davis women's field hockey team tries to maintain its first-place standing when it travels to face No. 14 Stanford in a league game on Friday night.
UC Davis takes a three-game winning streak, matching its longest of the season, into Stanford. The Aggies are 6-6 overall and 2-0 in the NorPac after upsetting Cal last Sunday, 3-1, at Aggie Stadium. The Cardinal, which beat the Bears 2-1 last Friday are 7-4 overall and 1-0 in the league.
Stanford opened the season with three losses in its first four games, two of the losses coming against ranked teams including defending national champion Maryland. Since then, however, the Cardinal has turned its fortunes around by winning five of its past six. The only blemish in that run was a 6-2 loss to No. 1 North Carolina.
Stanford has three players with at least four goals, a trio that includes Courtney Haldeman (5), Hope Burke (4) and Katie Mitchell (4). Becky Dru has a team-high six assists. Freshman Dulcie Davies has seen all the action in goal, collecting 43 saves and allowing just 1.76 goals per game.
The Cardinal have won all six meetings with UC Davis since 2009.
The Aggies enter the weekend coming off a memorable 3-1 upset over Cal last weekend, beating the Bears after two heart-breaking home losses the previous two seasons. Like 2011, UC Davis took a 2-0 halftime lead but eventually pushed it to 3-0 in the second half. Cal picked up a late goal but the Aggies were able to turn the Bears away the rest of the way to earn the win.
The victory earned NorPac West Division Defensive Player of the Week honors for senior Casey Wollbrinck, and Rooke of the Week accolades for freshman Jamie Garcia. Wollbrinck provided solid defense that helped limit Cal to just four shots while Garcia scored a goal.
Balance has been a key to UC Davis' offensive attack this season. Eight players have scored at least two goals, led by Cloey LemMon and Marissa Hughes who each have six. Garcia and Emily Mecke have each tallied three with Garcia adding a team-best six assists.
Conly Craven has 38 saves in goal for the Aggies.