UC Davis Aggies (1-15, 0-5 AE)
No. 18 Stanford Cardinal (9-7, 3-2 AE)
Saturday, Oct. 28 - 6 p.m. (PT)
Varsity Field Hockey Turf (500) - Stanford, Calif.
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will play its last match of the 2017 regular season this Saturday at 3 p.m. against America East colleague, Stanford. Once the conference rankings are set, the Aggies will make their way to Lowell, Massachusetts for the America East Championship Tournament, which begins quarterfinal play on Nov. 2.
Aggie fans can follow along with the live stream of Saturday's contest by clicking on the link above.
"Since we last played Stanford we have been more consistent throughout the game and have been developing more team attack, and we're looking to continue that trend on Saturday," said head coach Britt Broady.
"Our team has been growing and getting better with every single game of the season and that's what a coach always hopes for," Broady added. "Despite our record, we have been playing very high caliber hockey and we're very positive about where we are."
"Chelsea Bigelow continues to be a great leader in the goal cage and is a key component in developing our attack. We've also been seeing more and more from Lauren Gengarella, Emily Chen, and Nica Taglieri on the forward line. They have all been doing a great job of taking the ball with speed and getting scrappy in the circle," said Broady.
Following two recent losses to Pacific and California, the Cardinal are currently 3-2 in America East play. Stanford has faced eight top-25 ranked squads this season including then ranked No. 4 Connecticut, No. 14 Northwestern, No. 17 Iowa, and a recent matchup against No. 4 Michigan.
Leading the Cardinal in points and goals, and co-leading the team in assists with 30 points on 11 goals and eight assists, is freshman Corinne Zanolli. Co-leading the team in assists with Zanolli is fellow freshman Sarah Johnson, who has tallied 14 points on three goals and eight assists so far in 2017.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Bing has garnered 94 saves and a 1.57 goals against average across 16 games played this season for the Cardinal.
Stanford is led by head coach Tara Danielson in her eighth season with the Cardinal.
AGGIES VS. THE AMERICA EAST
UC Davis field hockey holds the following league rankings (statistics in parentheses):
Defensive Saves: 1st (6)
Saves: 1st (135)
Saves/Game: 1st (8.44)
Save Percentage: 7th (0.696)
Saves/Game: Chelsea Bigelow - 1st (8.06)
Save Percentage: Chelsea Bigelow - 7th (0.686)
Saves: Chelsea Bigelow - 1st (129)
Defensive Saves: Kate Young - T-5th (2), Summer Borsack - T-5th (2), Kelley Kramer - T-5th (2)
Assists: Madison Cohen - T-15th (4)
AGGIES VS. AMERICA
UC Davis field hockey holds the following national rankings compared to all Division 1 programs (statistic in parentheses):
Defensive Saves: 19th (6)
Saves/Game: 9th (8.44)
Saves/Game: Chelsea Bigelow - 6th (8.06)
Pacing the Aggies in points is junior forward Nica Taglieri. The communications major has tallied seven points on two goals and three assists, and has played in all 16 games this season. Taglieri's first goal came in the Aggies' overtime match against Temple, and her second against Pacific on the Aggies' senior day.
On the heels of Taglieri with six points each are senior Kate Young, senior Madison Cohen, and sophomore Kim van der Meulen.
Young currently leads the team in goals after notching her third goal this season against Pacific. The biochemistry and molecular biology major now has eight career goals as an Aggie. Young is also tied for second for defensive saves in the America East individual statistics with two tallied in 2017.
Cohen also leads the team in assists with four notched this season and is currently tied for 15th 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.
Also tied for second in points with Young and 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 15 games played, van der Meulen has garnered six points on two goals and two assists.
Lauren Gengarella, Briana Sooy, Tatiana Arias, Carli Colyer, Shea Gavin, Daniella Schoenfeld, and Emily Chen make up the rest of the goal scorers for UC Davis this season. Gengarella has tallied two goals, with Colyer, Gavin, Arias, Schoenfeld, Chen, and Sooy 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 135 saves as a team, with 129 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 129 saves for the season, she is on the verge of surpassing Sawvelle's record. With one regular season game remaining on the Aggies' 2017 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 one goal and 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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