Oct. 25, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - An opportunity to clinch sole possession of second place in the NorPac Conference West Division is on the line for the UC Davis field hockey team this season when it closes the regular season at Cal on Friday and home against Pacific on Sunday.
Friday's game in Berkeley begins at 7 p.m. while Sunday's matchup - which will also honor 11 Aggie seniors who will be playing their final home game - starts at noon.
If UC Davis loses twice, there will be a three-way tie for second, bringing tiebreakers into play.
For the Aggies, the weekend brings an opportunity to post its best NorPac West Division finish in four seasons since restarting their varsity program. Stanford, at 5-0, has clinched the division titie.
UC Davis is also looking to sweep the season series against Cal, which it upset 3-1 on Sept. 30 at Aggie Stadium for the program's first win against the Bears. Sophia Lisaius, Jamie Garcia and Marissa Hughes each scored goals for the Aggies who led 3-0 and didn't allow a goal until the 58th minute.
Cloey LemMon and Jamie Garcia share the UC Davis scoring lead with 18 points each while Hughes has chipped in with 14. Emily Mecke and Nadia Namdari each have three goals. Conley Craven has 41 saves in goal while recording five of the team's six wins.
Cal has lost four straight games and five of its past six as it looks to gain momentum heading into the tournament. The Bears are coming off a 2-0 defeat at Stanford on Tuesday night.
Lara Kruggel has dominated the offense for Cal, scoring 15 goals and tallying 34 points. She has nine more goals than Caroline Strujik who is second on the team with six goals and 12 points.
The Aggies needed overtime to beat Pacific on Sept. 23 in Stockton, getting a goal from Emily Mecke in the 73rd minute for the 3-2 win. Huges scored twice for UC Davis while Garcia had a goal and an assist.
Paige Counsman and Melissa Maultsby each have 15 points to pace the Tigers' offense while Emily Tregoning has 14 points. Five Pacific players have scored at least four goals and 10 points. Ashlee Schlesier has received most of the action in goal, picking up a team-high 78 saves.