UC Davis Aggies (1-13, 0-3 AE)
California Golden Bears (8-6, 3-1 AE)
Friday, Oct. 20 - 6 p.m.
Underhill Field - Berkeley, Calif.
UC Davis Aggies
Pacific Tigers (6-7, 2-2)
Sunday, Oct. 22 - 2 p.m.
Pacific Field Hockey Turf - Stockton, Calif.
DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis will hit the road for its three remaining games on the 2017 regular schedule, beginning with California on Friday, Oct. 20 followed by Pacific on Sunday, Oct. 22. The Aggies’ last game before heading to Lowell, Mass. for the America East Championship Tournament will take place on Oct. 28 at Stanford.
Fans can watch the live stream of Friday's aciton against California by clicking here, and Sunday's match against Pacific by clicking here.
“In our past games against Cal and Pacific this season, we had great performances as a team on both sides of the ball,” said head coach Britt Broady. “We were able to support our attacking threats with a strong defensive effort which led to great opportunities against both teams for us,” added Broady.
“Our attack penalty corner unit has shown tremendous improvement since the beginning of the season and they are really clicking on the field,” Broady said. “I think our passing game has also really improved, specifically our ability to pass and join and go forward, which has created more attacking opportunities for us."
"Being able to draw corners and have more of an attacking threat will help us to improve even more over these last few games of the regular season.”
Currently 3-1 in America East play, the Golden Bears’ only conference loss came against Pacific in their second meeting of the season on Oct. 13 by a margin of 3-2. The Golden Bears’ two remaining opponents on the regular season schedule include UC Davis and No. 17 Stanford.
California will enter their last home game of the 2017 season against the Aggies on Oct. 20 with an 8-6 overall record, then turn around to face the Cardinal on Oct. 22.
Pacing the Golden Bears in both goals and points is freshman Megan Rogers, tallying 33 points on 15 goals and three assists across 14 games played this season. Leading the team in assists is sophomore Femke Delissen with eight assists and one goal notched in 2017.
Sophomore goalkeeper, and Davis, Calif. native, Danielle Mentink, has garnered 61 saves and a 1.67 goals against average across 14 games this season.
The Tigers are currently 2-2 in America East play, following their recent win against the Aggies last Sunday. Pacific’s first loss came against Stanford by a score of 1-0, and their second against California. But in the second meeting against California the Tigers edged the Golden Bears with a 3-2 victory in front of a home crowd.
The Tigers’ last four opponents of the 2017 regular season include No. 17 Stanford, UC Davis, No. 10 Syracuse, and Colgate. Pacific will take on the Cardinal on Oct. 20 with a 6-7 record before facing the Aggies on Oct. 22.
Leading the team in points and goals is junior Kriekie van Wyk with 30 points on 13 goals and four assists. Leading the Tigers in assists is sophomore Ash Rutherford who has tallied 17 points on 11 assists and three goals so far this season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Marlise van Tonder has garnered 89 saves across 13 games played in 2017.
AGGIES VS. THE AMERICA EAST
UC Davis field hockey holds the following league rankings (statistics in parentheses):
Defensive Saves: 1st (6)
Saves: 1st (115)
Saves/Game: 1st (8.21)
Save Percentage: 7th (0.693)
Saves/Game: Chelsea Bigelow - 1st (7.79)
Save Percentage: Chelsea Bigelow - 7th (0.681)
Saves: Chelsea Bigelow - 1st (109)
Defensive Saves: Kate Young – T-3rd (2), Summer Borsack - T-3rd (2), Kelley Kramer - T-3rd (2)
Assists: Madison Cohen - T-9th (4), Nica Taglieri – T-12th (3)
Assists/Game: Madison Cohen - 15th (0.31)
AGGIES VS. AMERICA
UC Davis field hockey holds the following national rankings compared to all Division 1 programs (statistic in parentheses):
Defensive Saves: 15th (6)
Saves/Game: 12th (8.21)
Saves/Game: Chelsea Bigelow - 8th (7.79)
Leading the team in points is junior Nica Taglieri. The communications major has tallied seven points on two goals and three assists, and has played in all 14 games this season. Taglieri’s first goal came in the Aggies’ overtime match against Temple, and her second in UC Davis’ most recent contest against Pacific.
On the heels of Taglieri with six points each are senior Madison Cohen and sophomore Kim van der Meulen. Cohen leads the team in assists and has tallied six points on one goal and four assists so far in 2017. Cohen is currently tied for ninth for assists and 15th in assists per game 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.
Tied for second in points with Cohen is 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 13 games played, van der Meulen has garnered six points on two goals and two assists.
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 115 saves as a team, with 109 resulting from the efforts of sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea Bigelow.
The school record for saves in a season was set by Lauren Sawvelle in 2009 at 131. With Bigelow currently at 109 saves for the season, she is quickly approaching Sawvelle’s record. With three 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.
2017 ROSTER AT A GLANCE
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.
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 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.
AMERICA EAST LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
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
Sunday, Nov. 5
Game 7: Winner of Game 5 vs. winner of Game 6
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