UC Davis Tries To Clinch Second In NorPac West

Kelly Dudek
 
Kelly Dudek
 

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.

The Last Meeting
California1
UC Davis3
September 30, 2012
Davis, Calif.
Three Goals And An Upset Of Cal For Field Hockey
Final Stats
Sophia Lisaius scored in the 20th minute and freshman Jamie Garcia added a goal eight minutes later as UC Davis jumped to a 2-0 halftime lead en route to a 3-1 upset of Cal in a NorPac Conference women's field hockey game on Sunday afternoon at Aggie Stadium.

The Last Meeting
UC Davis4  
Pacific3OT
September 23, 2012
Stockton, Calif.
Mecke, Garcia Team For Game-Winner At Pacific
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Emily Mecke rebounded a shot from freshman Jamie Garcia off a penalty corner in overtime on Sunday afternoon as the UC Davis women's field hockey team opened NorPac Conference play with a 4-3 victory over host Pacific.

UC Davis, which has lost four straight, is currently 6-10 overall and 2-2 in the NorPac while Cal and Pacific enter the weekend with 1-4 league records. A win in either game delivers the Aggies second place and the No. 2 seed from the West heading into next week's eight-team conference tournament at Longwood.

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.