Aggies host Stanford, Pacific in last two home games

Oct. 11, 2017

Match 13 (Pink Game)
No. 14 Stanford Cardinal (7-5 , 4-0 AE)
UC Davis Aggies (1-11, 0-1 AE)
Friday, Oct. 13 - 4 p.m.
Aggie Field Hockey Facility (500) - Davis, Calif.
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Match 14 (Senior Day)
Pacific Tigers (4-7, 0-2 AE)
UC Davis Aggies
Sunday, Oct. 15 - 2 p.m.
Aggie Field Hockey Facility (500) - Davis, Calif.
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DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis will host America East colleagues Stanford and Pacific at the Aggie Field Hockey Facility for the last two home games of the 2017 regular season. On Friday the Aggies will honor breast cancer awareness month with a pink game against No. 14 Stanford. UC Davis will then face Pacific for Sunday’s senior day matchup. Prior to the start of Sunday’s contest, the coaching staff, UC Davis Athletics and the field hockey program will honor three soon-to-be graduates in a pre-game senior ceremony.
“We are very excited for conference play to get underway this weekend,” said head coach Britt Broady.
“I’m also particularly excited for our seniors to play their last home games at the Aggie Field Hockey Facility,” Broady said. “Our turf is one of the very best in the country, and for the seniors to take pride in playing their last games at home is an important feeling for any student-athlete.”
Teams in the America East Conference play each of the other squads in their division twice during the regular season. This is different than most of the other field hockey conferences that schedule just one regular season meeting between each of the teams.  

“The way the America East Conference is set up, you become quite familiar with your opponents, which adds on another level of competitiveness to the games,” Broady said. “Stanford and Pacific are both great opponents, and since we have gotten to know each other’s teams so well, I think both games this week are going to be very tactically driven battles.”
Or at least this Friday, Oct. 13th UC Davis Field Hockey will. In honor of breast cancer awareness month the Aggies will don pink uniforms during Friday’s contest against No. 14 Stanford.
The UC Davis Field Hockey program will honor three student-athletes during a pre-game senior day ceremony: Madison Cohen, Briana Sooy, and Kate Young.
Fans are encouraged to show up earlier than normal to Sunday’s match to help honor the program’s three graduating seniors. The ceremony will take place approximately ten minutes prior to the scheduled 2 p.m. start.
Stanford began its 2017 season playing their first six consecutive games against top-25 ranked squads, beginning with then ranked No. 4 UConn. The next five opponents included included then ranked No. 14 Northwester, No. 17 Iowa, No. 22 Massachusetts, No. 20 Harvard, and No. 20 Pacific.
The Cardinal is currently 4-0 in America East play, nabbing wins against Pacific, UMass-Lowell, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Leading the team in points, goals, and assists is freshman Corinne Zanolli who has tallied 21 points on eight goals and five assists this season. Following behind Zanolli is senior Marissa Cicione who has posted 13 points on six goals and one assist.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Bing has garnered 83 saves and a 1. 59 goals against average. Bing was named America East Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2017 and was named NFHCA Player of the Week honorable mention earlier this season.
The Cardinal will face UC Davis on Friday Oct. 13 at 4 p.m.
Stanford is led by head coach Tara Danielson in her eighth season with the Cardinal.
Seven of the eleven opponents on the Tigers’ schedule have been against top-25 squads including then ranked No. 5 Syracuse, No. 20 Harvard, No. 2 Connecticut, No. 12 Stanford, No. 18 William and Mary, No 8 Boston College, and No. 4 Virginia. Pacific’s recent contest against Boston College reached two overtime periods, but ended with a 5-4 loss for the Tigers.  
Pacing the Tigers in goals and points is junior forward Krieke van Wyk with 21 points on nine goals and three assists. Not far behind van Wyk is senior Savannah Burns who has tallied 16 points on six goals and four assists. Co-leading the team with eight assists each are senior Emma Leach and sophomore Ash Rutherford.
Sophomore goalkeeper Marlise van Tonder has garnered 76 saves across 11 games played in 2017 for the Tigers.
The Tigers are currently 0-2 in America East play after a one goal loss to Stanford and 4-1 loss to California earlier this season.
Prior to facing UC Davis on Sunday, the Tigers will enter their second game against the Golden Bears this season on Friday with a 4-7 record.  
At the helm for Pacific is head coach Andy Smith who enters his fifth season with the Tigers.
UC Davis field hockey holds the following league rankings (statistics in parentheses):
Defensive Saves: 1st (6)
Saves: 1st (109)
Saves/Game: 1st (9.08)
Save Percentage: 5th (0.732)
Saves/Game: Chelsea Bigelow - 1st (8.58)
Save Percentage: Chelsea Bigelow - 5th (0.720)
Saves: Chelsea Bigelow - 1st (103)
Defensive Saves: Kate Young – T-3rd (2), Summer Borsack - T-3rd (2), Kelley Kramer - T-3rd (2)
Assists: Nica Taglieri - T-12th (3), Madison Cohen - T-9th (4)
Assists/Game: Madison Cohen - 13th (0.33)
UC Davis field hockey holds the following national rankings compared to all Division 1 programs (statistic in parentheses):
Defensive Saves: 13th (6)
Saves/Game: 7th (9.08)
Save Percentage: 36th (0.732)
Saves/Game: Chelsea Bigelow – 6th (8.58)
Save Percentage: Chelsea Bigelow - 39th (0.720)
Co-leading the team in points 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 11 games played, Van der Meulen has garnered six points on two goals and two assists. 
Tied with van der Meulen for points and also leading the team in assists is senior Madison Cohen, who has tallied six points on one goal and four assists so far in 2017. Cohen is currently tied for ninth for assists in the America East individual statistics. The human development major notched her first career goal during the Aggies’ first game of the season against Michigan State. 
Junior communications major Nica Taglieri currently ranks third on the team in points and second in assists, with one goal and three assists notched in 2017. Taglieri scored her second career goal during the Aggies’ recent overtime contest against Temple.
Kate Young, Lauren Gengarella, Tatiana Arias, Carli Colyer, Shea Gavin, and Daniella Schoenfeld make up the rest of the goal scorers for UC Davis this season. Young and Gengarella have each tallied two goals, with Colyer, Gavin, Arias, and Schoenfeld tacking on one goal each.
As a team, UC Davis has tallied six defensive saves on the year with Summer Borsack, Kelley Kramer, and Kate Young each contributing two apiece. 
The Aggies have garnered an impressive 109 saves as a team, with 103 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 currently at 103 saves for the season, she is quickly approaching Sawvelle’s record. With five games remaining on the Aggies’ 2017 regular season schedule, Bigelow is on pace for her name appear in the all-time record books for a fifth time this season. 
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 donning a UC Davis uniform this season, 14 are underclassmen.
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 two assists so far in 2017.
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.
This year’s America East Field Hockey Tournament will take place at Cushing Field in Lowell, Mass. The tournament will begin with two quarterfinal face-offs on Thursday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 3. Winners from those games will move on to one of the two semifinal matches held on Saturday, Nov. 4. The surviving teams from Saturday will face each other in the Championship match on Sunday, Nov. 5 for the America East league title and automatic berth at the NCAA playoffs.  
All four West Division teams will advance along with four of the five East Division teams. Start times will be announced once all eight seeds are determined in year-end playoffs.
2017 America East Field Hockey Tournament
Hosted by UMass Lowell
Lowell, Mass. – Cushing Field
Thursday, Nov. 2
Game 1: West No. 1 vs. East No. 4
Game 2: East No. 1 vs. West No. 4
Friday, Nov. 3

Game 3: East No. 2 vs. West No. 3
Game 4: West, No. 2 vs. East No. 3
Saturday, Nov. 4
Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Game 6: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4
Championship Match
Sunday, Nov. 5
Game 7: Winner of Game 5 vs. winner of Game 6
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