Oct. 18 vs. Pacific: L, 4-2
Oct. 20 at Cal: L, 3-1
THIS WEEK’S ACTION
UC Davis Aggies (4-10)
No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions (11-3)
Saturday, Oct. 26 – 11 a.m. (PT)
Grant Field (1,000) – Iowa City, Iowa
UC Davis Aggies
No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes (10-5)
Sunday, Oct. 27 – 1 p.m.
Grant Field (1,000) – Iowa City, Iowa.
DAVIS, Calif. – In its final regular season road trip, UC Davis will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to face two nationally ranked teams in No. 6 Penn State and No. 19 Iowa. Live stats links for both matchups are available at ucdavisaggies.com.
On Oct. 20, in a home matchup against Cal, UC Davis field hockey and its fans had an opportunity to support Play4theCure, the National Foundation for Cancer Research’s awareness and fundraising campaign. The Aggies would like to thank everyone who purchased t-shirts or donated money for this worthy cause.
Through recreational sports programs, middle schools, high schools and collegiate sporting events throughout the country, Play4theCure is dedicated to raising funds in support of cancer research, prevention education and early detection information to the public.
Founded in 2006 by Christine K. Reinprecht, a current board member of USA Field Hockey, Play4theCure was originally organized as an annual indoor field hockey tournament to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. In the following years, Play4theCure has since expanded to include many recreational sports programs, as well as middle school, high school and collegiate teams.
For additional information about the NFCR and its "Play4the Cure" campaign, visit http://www.nfcr.org/p4tc.
SCOUTING NO. 6 PENN STATE
Coming off its come-from-behind victory against Michigan State in league action, Penn State and UC Davis will face one another for the first time in each program’s history in a neutral-site match at Iowa.
The Nittany Lions enter their game against the Aggies with a 10-game win streak, a block of success that includes wins against three ranked opponents (at the time of each respective game) in Princeton, Delaware and Northwestern.
Responsible for nearly half of their team’s scoring, junior forward Taylor Herald and senior midfielder Brittany Grzywacz lead all Nittany Lions with 10 and nine goals each. Even though Herald paces Penn State in scoring, it is Grzywacz who is the more dangerous of the two–she is singlehandedly responsible for six of her team’s game-winning goals, one more than the rest of her team combined.
SCOUTING NO. 19 IOWA
UC Davis will end its weekend in Iowa against a surging Hawkeye field hockey team. Entering this weekend’s action on a five-game win streak, Iowa will host the Aggies on its Senior Day in the first-ever head-to-head meeting.
Sophomore forward Natalie Cafone leads all Hawkeyes with 17 goals, six assists, 40 points, 59 shots, 42 shots on goal and five game-winning goals. If the Aggies are able to neutralize Cafone, the team’s chance to record a victory increase dramatically.
UC Davis will square off against senior goalkeeper Kelsey Boyce, who enters Sunday’s matchup with 46 saves and a 1.39 goals against average. Throughout her team’s win streak, Boyce has allowed six collective goals to her opponents; in four of those five games, Iowa’s opponents were only able to beat Boyce on one occasion.
UC DAVIS FIELD HOCKEY HAS A SENIOR MOMENT
In its 2013 season finale, UC Davis will honor its two graduating seniors, Cloey LemMon and Danielle Herrington, in a pregame ceremony before facing the Pacific Tigers on Friday, Nov. 1.
ONE MORE AND IT’S A TREND
For the second straight week, Agustina Singh was named NorPac West Rookie of the Week when released by the league on Oct. 15. This marked the second straight season where an Aggie captured consecutive rookie honors; in 2012, Jamie Garcia was recognized by the conference on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2.
As a freshman, Cloey LemMon captured three straight Rookie of the Week awards and was honored on Sept. 20, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, 2010.
KEEPING CLEAN ON THE FIELD
Forced to make only one save in her team's inaugural game of the season, against Missouri State, senior goalkeeper Danielle Herrington earned the second shutout of her career in front of the UC Davis faithful at Aggie Stadium.
Herrington captured her second clean sheet of the season on Oct. 20, in the Aggies’ penultimate home game of the year, against Cal.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
In its 2013 NorPac opener, UC Davis captured the first victory over Stanford since the program returned to action in 2009. By defeating the No. 6 Cardinal in overtime, 3-2, the Aggies also recorded their first win over a ranked opponent.
The loss was Stanford’s second against a NorPac team within the last four seasons.
THE DAMAGE WAS SWIFT AND SUDDEN
For the second time this season, Stanford allowed a season-high three goals in its loss against the Aggies. Only No. 5 Syracuse was able to find the back of the cage on as many occasions in a single game, entering that night’s NorPac event
Outside of those six combined goals, the Cardinal allowed only seven goals combined to their other nine opponents prior to entering Aggie Stadium for their game against UC Davis.
NORPAC NAMES LEMMON, SINGH AS ITS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
On the heels of UC Davis’ 3-2, conference-opening overtime victory against No. 6 Stanford on Oct. 6, the NorPac recognized senior forward Cloey LemMon and freshman forward Agustina Singh Monday afternoon as its Offensive and Rookie Players of the Week.
Returning to Aggie Stadium for the first time since its season opener against Missouri State on Aug. 30, LemMon and Singh helped UC Davis capture its first win against Stanford, and a nationally ranked team, since the program returned to action in 2009.
Including her goal scored with just over five minutes remaining until halftime, the only offense generated by either team in last Sunday’s game, LemMon recorded the game-winning assist on the Aggies' lone overtime penalty corner. She also led all players with five shots, more that one-third of the Aggies’ total (14), and three shots on goal.
In her first NorPac contest, Singh once again earned the starting nod from interim head coach Austin Pile, and was as a key contributor on both ends of the field to help her team record an upset over last week's sixth-ranked squad.
In addition to blocking shots and frustrating Cardinal forwards on one end, Singh led many Aggie counterattacks and organized numerous scoring opportunities when UC Davis was possessed this ball.
This is the third time in as many seasons that LemMon was received offensive recognition from the NorPac, Monday’s announcement is the first time that Singh has been honored by the conference.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Aggies’ NorPac opener against then-No. 6 Stanford was just the second true home game for UC Davis this year following a 4-0, season-opening triumph that took place on Aug. 30, against Missouri State. Since that game, the Aggies were the designated home team for two neutral-site games held at Cal, then hit the road for six straight.
UC Davis and Appalachian State are the two NorPac teams that have hosted the fewest home games prior to league action; each team also possesses the fewest number of home games this season with four.
BLAME IT ON THE RAIN?
Competing against Vermont, in a torrid downpour, for all but a handful of minutes in a neutral-site contest at Ball State on Sept. 29, UC Davis scored four goals in its victory against the Catamounts. Of the four, all were earned by different Aggies. Danielle Koehne, Jamie Garcia, Sophia Lisaius and Kayla Wigney all scored in a game that capped a six-game road trip, and a portion of UC Davis’ schedule that included four games within a six-day timespan.
FIVE TIMES THE TROUBLE (FOR OPPONENTS)
Buoyed by her effort against Pacific on Oct. 18, senior forward Cloey LemMon is found in five top-10 NorPac statistical categories. In addition to her No. 5 ranking in assists (5) and assists per game (0.36), LemMon is ranked No. 9 in shots per game (2.07), and No. 10 in points (13) and points per game (0.93).
TOP 10 TOTALS
Entering this week's action, Aggies who possess top 10 NorPac rankings (in parentheses)
Shots: Agustina Singh – 32 (7); Jamie Garcia – 31 (T-8)
Shots Per Game: Agustina Singh – 2.29 (7); Jamie Garcia – 2.21 (8); Cloey LemMon – 2.07 (9)
Points: Cloey LemMon – 13 (T-10)
Points Per Game: Cloey LemMon – 0.93 (10)
Assists: Cloey LemMon – 5 (T-5)
Assists Per Game: Cloey LemMon – 0.36 (5)
Game-Winning Goals: Danielle Koehne – 2 (T-3)
Defensive Saves: Martha Duterte – 2 (T-6)
Saves: Danielle Herrington – 58 (6)
Saves Per Game: Danielle Herrington – 4.14 (8)
Shutouts: Danielle Herrington – 2 (3)
Goals Against Average: Danielle Herrington – 2.89 (5)
Save Percentage: Danielle Herrington – .611 (8)
OUR PLACE IN THE (NOR)PAC
Compared to other NorPac teams, UC Davis possesses the following team rankings (in parentheses):
Scoring Margin: -1.13 (5)
Scoring Average: 1.76 (4)
Shutouts: 2 (T-3)
Goals Against Average: 2.89 (4)
Shots: 172 (5)
Shots Per Game: 12.29 (4)
Goals Scored: 25 (4)
Goals Scored Per Game: 1.79 (4)
Goals Allowed: 41 (4)
Goals Allowed Per Game: 2.93 (4)
Assists: 20 (T-5)
Assists Per Game: 1.43 (4)
Saves: 67 (8)
Saves Per Game: 4.79 (7)
Penalty Corners: 64 (7)
Defensive Saves: 3 (T-5)
PACK YOUR BAGS
The Aggies’ six-day, four-game road trip prior to the start of league competition was the second-longest block of action experienced by a NorPac team this season. Pacific will compete against four East Coast teams in as many days in its penultimate week of non-conference games before facing Stanford, on the road, in its conference opener.
THE FIRST OF MANY
Known for creating as challenging a season as possible, UC Davis field hockey faced its first ranked team of the season on Sept. 13, against No. 16 Louisville, in a neutral-site game in Ann Arbor, Mich. Other ranked teams on the Aggies’ schedule include Stanford (home-and-home league series), Penn State and Iowa.
MAKING THE MOST OF A FIRST IMPRESSION
Redshirt freshman forward Danielle Koehne scored 10 minutes into the Aggies' non-conference match against Missouri State, on Aug. 30, and again 10 minutes into the second half to help UC Davis earn a 4-0 shutout in its season opener at Aggie Stadium.
A 2012 redshirt, Koehne scored on both shots taken against the Bears that afternoon in her first game as an Aggie.
Since then, Koehne has scored another three goals to lead her team with five.
TRIAL BY FIRE
In her first game as an Aggie, forward Agustina Singh recorded a team-high three shots and one on goal. Singh was one of two true freshmen to earn a starting nod from interim coach Austin Pile in UC Davis' season opener against Missouri State. Midfielder Courtney Hessler was the other true freshman to earn one of 11 starting spots.
CHALK UP ANOTHER ONE
For the fourth time since taking the field for its inaugural season in 2009, UC Davis earned a victory in its season opener by downing Missouri State by a 4-0 score. The Bears were also defeated by UC Davis in its 2009 season opener; other victories took place in 2011, at home against Pacific and last season, also at home, when the Aggies shutout Saint Louis 3-0.
NO GOALS FOR YOU
For the second time in as many seasons, UC Davis did not allow a goal to its opponent in a season opener. Last season, the Aggies kept Saint Louis off the scoreboard in their 3-0 win; this year, UC Davis blanked Missouri State 4-0 to open its season in victorious fashion.
ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
UC Davis will face four teams this season that earned a national preseason ranking from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Ranked opponents the Aggies will face include (preseason ranking in parentheses):
Sept. 15 at Michigan (9);
Oct. 6 (H) and Oct. 11 (A) against Stanford (12);
Oct. 26 vs. Penn State (6) in Iowa City, Iowa
; Oct. 27 at Iowa (13)
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE AGGIES' ROSTER
Included below is a breakdown of UC Davis 2013 roster by class, primary position and hometown.
Freshmen (10): Eden Borsack, Erica Cohen, Lauren Copeland, Megan Doles, Courtney Hessler, Katriona Jackson, Danielle Koehne, Kristin Rodgers, Agustina Singh, Kayla Wigney
Sophomores (7): Emily Costa, Hannah Drawbridge, Martha Duterte, Jamie Garcia, Courtney Hazy, Stephie Sabraw, Linnea Whitney
Juniors (5): Jennifer Allen, Sophia Lisaius, Mattie Maloney, Megan Reardon, Carly Schoch
Seniors (2): Danielle Herrington, Cloey LemMon
Goalkeepers (2): Erica Cohen, Danielle Herrington
Defenders (5): Eden Borsack, Martha Duterte, Mattie Maloney, Carly Schoch, Linnea Whitney
Midfielders (10): Jennifer Allen, Lauren Copeland, Emily Costa, Hannah Drawbridge, Jamie Garcia, Courtney Hazy, Courtney Hessler, Katriona Jackson, Megan Reardon, Kristin Rodgers
Forwards (7): Megan Doles, Danielle Koehne, Cloey LemMon, Sophia Lisaius, Stephie Sabraw, Agustina Singh, Kayla Wigney
California (22): Jennifer Allen, Eden Borsack, Erica Cohen, Lauren Copeland, Emily Costa, Megan Doles, Hannah Drawbridge, Martha Duterte, Jamie Garcia, Courtney Hazy, Danielle Herrington, Courtney Hessler, Katriona Jackson, Danielle Koehne, Cloey LemMon, Mattie Maloney, Kristin Rodgers, Stephie Sabraw, Carly Schoch, Agustina Singh, Linnea Whitney, Kayla Wigney
Vermont (1): Sophia Lisaius
Virginia (1): Megan Reardon
UC Davis will honor its seniors next week in its final tune-up before the start of the NorPac Championships:
Friday, Nov. 1: vs. Pacific – 7 p.m.