Oct. 19, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis looks to move into a tie for first place in the NorPac Field Hockey Conference West Division when the second-place Aggies host league-leader and No. 14 Stanford at Aggie Stadium at 6 p.m. on Saturday as the regular season begins to wind down.
The Aggies, 6-9 overall and 2-1 in the NorPac, have been idle since falling 7-0 to defending NCAA champion Maryland last weekend. The Cardinal, which beat UC Davis on Oct. 5, are 3-0 in the NorPac while California and Pacific - who are UC Davis' final two opponents of the regular season - are tied for third.
The four NorPac West Division teams are jockeying for position in anticipation of the conference tournament scheduled for Nov. 1-3 in Longwood, Va. The teams will be matched with the East Division for first-round games.
Stanford enters Saturday's game on a two-game losing streak but both defeats came to a pair of the country's top collegiate teams. It lost 4-1 to No. 1 Syracuse in Amherst, Mass., last Friday before falling to No. 4 Connecticut two days later, 1-0. Prior to that, the Cardinal had put together eight wins in nine games.
Stanford's offense has been led by Becky Dru whose 23 points are a team-high. Her eight goals are tied with Courtney Haldeman for most on the team. Six players have at least three goals and 10 have tallied at least two. Nearly 62 percent of Stanford's shots have been on goal.
Dulcie Davies, who has posted 10 wins in goal, has three shutouts and has picked up 57 saves.
The Aggies have lost their last three games after stringing together three straight prior to that. Two of the losses were to Stanford and Maryland while a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime defeat to Towson University was sandwiched in between.
Cloey LemMon continues to lead UC Davis in scoring, picking up seven goals and four assists for 18 points, one of three players who have scored at least 14 points. Freshman Jamie Garcia, who has earned multiple Rookie of the Week honors from the conference, has 15 points, nearly half from her seven assists. Senior Marissa Hughes has six goals and 14 points.
Goalkeeper Conley Craven has a 5-8 record in the cage and 51 saves.
The Aggies will stay in NorPac action next weekend, traveling to face Cal on Friday before hosting Senior Day on Sunday against Pacific at Aggie Stadium.