California Golden Bears (4-10, 1-3 AE)
UC Davis Aggies (4-12, 0-5 AE)
Friday, Oct. 28 - 3 p.m.
Aggie Field Hockey Facility 500) - Davis, Calif.
DAVIS, Calif. - The final match of the 2016 regular season will take place on Friday, at 3 p.m., when Cal visits Aggie Field Hockey Facility on Senior Day. Before action begins, head coach Chrissy Kilroe, UC Davis Athletics and the field hockey program will honor seven soon-to-be graduates in a pregame ceremony.
Regardless of the outcome, both participating teams will head to Stockton next week to compete at the America East Conference Tournament. With another league game still left to play, the Bears can lock up the West Division’s No. 3 seed with a win; a UC Davis victory will keep them in the hunt for that No. 3 seed, depending on what takes place during Cal’s season finale on Sunday.
For the second straight season, UC Davis will host Cal in its last match of the regular season, and final tune-up before the America East playoffs commence. When all is said and done this Friday, the Aggies will look to record a similar result to last year’s home game against the Golden Bears: sending their senior class off in style with a home win.
In their previous matchup, an early scoring effort by the Bears helped them collect a victory in the first league match of the season. However, UC Davis successfully stifled Cal’s offense throughout the entire second half, and did not allow it to record a shot for the last 28 minutes of the game. A 70th-minute penalty stroke was the only swing Cal took during that (nearly) half-hour timespan.
After that contest, Cal lost four of its following five matches; a 3-1 upset over Maine is the lone victory within that month-long block of action.
Preventing its opponent from scoring before halftime is a key component of UC Davis’ game plan since Cal has scored 13 of its 24 goals this year throughout the first 35 minutes of play. After halftime, however, opponents have successfully beaten the Bears throughout the second half of matches played this season since 22 of the 38 goals allowed took place after the break.
All-Time Series: Cal leads 12-4
Last UC Davis Win: 4-3; 10/30/15 at UC Davis
Last Cal Win: 5-1; 10/2/16 at Cal
Last Five UC Davis Results: L (A), W (H), L (A*), W (N), L (H)
* - Due to construction of its home facility, Cal held its home match vs. UC Davis at Aggie Field Hockey Facility
AGGIES VS. THE AMERICA EAST
UC Davis field hockey holds the following league rankings (statistic in parentheses):
Shots: 8th (150)
Shots/Game: 9th (9.38)
Goals: T-8th (24)
Goals/Game: 9th (1.46)
Assists: 8th (17)
Assists/Game: 9th (1.06)
Penalty Corners: 8th (74)
Defensive Saves: 2nd (6)
Saves: 3rd (115)
Saves/Game: 3rd (7.19)
Shutouts: T-3rd (3)
Goals Against Average: 8th (2.92)
Shots: Agustina Singh - 9th (43)
Shots/Game: Agustina Singh - 8th (2.69)
Points: Agustina Singh - T-20th (15)
Goals: Agustina Singh - T-17th (7)
Goals/Game: Agustina Singh - 17th (0.44)
Assists: Lauren Copeland - T-17th (5)
Assists/Game: Lauren Copeland - T-18th (0.31)
Defensive Saves: Lauren Mewes - 2nd (3); Kate Young - T-3rd (2)
Saves: Beth Lee - 2nd (95)
Saves/Game: Beth Lee - 2nd (5.94)
Shutouts: Beth Lee - 3rd (2)
Shutouts/Game: Beth Lee - 3rd (0.12)
Goals Against Average: Beth Lee - 9th (2.81)
Save Percentage: Beth Lee - 5th (.704)
AGGIES VS. AMERICA
UC Davis field hockey holds the following national rankings compared to all Division I programs (statistic in parentheses):
Defensive Saves: 20th (6)
Saves Percentage: 36th (.707)
Saves/Game: 16th (7.25)
THANK YOU SENIORS!
Fans are encouraged to arrive to earlier than normal for Friday’s field hockey contest vs. Cal, to help the program honor seven student-athletes during a pregame Senior Day ceremony: Eden Borsack, Lauren Copeland, Courtney Hessler, Kat Jackson, Beth Lee, Agustina Singh and Kayla Wigney.
The Aggies’ senior ceremony will take place approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled 3 p.m. start.
AGGIE FIELD HOCKEY FACILITY FIRST
When Kelley Kramer scored against Pacific on Oct. 14, she converted the first penalty stroke in Aggie Field Hockey Facility’s history. That shot also marked the first successful swing from the spot since Marissa Hughes scored the second of her two penalty strokes, during the 2012 season, on Sept. 23 at Pacific.
AGGIE FIELD HOCKEY FIRST
Kramer’s goal also doubles as the first converted penalty stroke on the Aggies’ home turf since the program was resurrected in 2009.
BRIEF TREK TO THE LEAGUE’S TOURNAMENT
This year’s America East Field Hockey Tournament will take place in Stockton at Pacific Field Hockey Turf. Starting with two quarterfinal matchups on Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4, winners of those matches will square off on Nov. 5 in the semifinal round. Teams that survive Saturday’s action will face one another on Nov. 6 in the championship game for the league title and an automatic berth at the NCAA playoffs.
All four West Division teams will advance; four of the five East Division teams will make the trek to Northern California that weekend. The league will announce all start times once the all eight seeds for the America East’s year-end playoffs are determined.
America East Field Hockey Tournament
Hosted by Pacific
Stockton, Calif. - Pacific Field Hockey Turf
Thursday, Nov. 3
Game 1: West No. 1 vs. East No. 4
Game 2: East No. 1 seed vs. West No. 4 seed
Friday, Nov. 4
Game 3: East No. 2 vs. West No. 3
Game 4: West No. 2 vs. East No. 3
Saturday, Nov. 5
Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Game 6: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4
Sunday, Nov. 6
Game 7: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6
A MOMENT SHE WILL NEVER FORGET
Farah Farjood’s first goal as an Aggie is one she will never forget, outside of the obvious reason, because it was the only one scored by either team when UC Davis faced Central Michigan on Oct. 8 in Iowa City, Iowa. By recording a game-winning goal on her only shot taken that afternoon — she only took two shots throughout her first 11 matches played entering that game — Farjood helped the Aggies secure their third shutout win of the season.
LET’S PLAY TWO
Overtimes, that is. And this is exactly what happened on Sept. 30 when UC Davis hosted Stanford in its America East opener. This marked the third time that a Farm vs. Farm rivalry match entered overtime, and the first occasion that double overtime was needed.
Including that match, UC Davis has competed in five double-OT matches in program history: 9/25/14 at Bryant, 10/30/10 at Pacific, 9/15/10 at Missouri State and 9/7/09 at Siena.
SHOOTOUT OPPORTUNITY VS. STANFORD FALLS SHORT
If UC Davis held on for another nine minutes, the Aggies would have competed in its first-ever home shootout, and the third in program history. Past shootouts took place on 10/30/10 at Pacific and 9/7/09 at Siena. UC Davis earned the win against the Tigers, but lost the shootout vs. the Saints.
HUMPHRIES HONORED BY THE AMERICA EAST
By scoring four goals throughout the Aggies’ two matches at Missouri State (9/24 and 25), redshirt freshman forward Kathleen Humphries helped UC Davis record a weekend sweep, which led to the America East Conference naming her as its Rookie of the Week on Sept. 26.
The Los Gatos native is the first Aggie to earn weekly accolades since field hockey joined the America East Conference last year. Humphries is the first UC Davis player to collect weekly accolades since the NorPac Field Hockey Conference — UC Davis’ former league — named Briana Sooy as its Rookie of the Week on Nov. 4, 2014.
In her first multiple-goal game as an Aggie, she scored three times out of her four shots taken in the team’s Sept. 25 match vs. LIU Brooklyn, and helped UC Davis prevent the Blackbirds from recording a shot throughout the entire match.
UC DAVIS DOMINATES THE BLACKBIRDS, SETS NEW TEAM RECORDS
Field hockey recorded its largest margin of victory, in program history, with a 10-0 victory against LIU Brooklyn. The Aggies’ previous record, which formerly stood as the biggest margin in a shutout result, took place on Sept. 19, 2012, when they topped Siena 9-0.
The 26 points (10 goals, six assists) recorded against LIU Brooklyn broke the previous single-game team record of 23 (nine goals, five assists); the Aggies also set a new single-game team scoring and assist records that afternoon.
HUMPHRIES’ RULE OF THREE
Of her four shots recorded throughout the day, Kathleen Humphries beat LIU Brooklyn’s goalkeeper three times within a 22-minute timespan. With that scoring spree, the redshirt freshman joined Cloey LemMon as the only Aggies to score three goals in a single game.
LemMon’s scoring effort took place five years ago at Penn (Oct. 9, 2011).
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
By scoring three goals, Humphries ended with six points against the Blackbirds, the third time in program history someone posted this single-game individual record. The other two Aggies are Nadia Namdari and Cloey LemMon.
Namdari’s two-goal, two-assist effort at home against Pacific (Oct. 28, 2012) while LemMon’s record-setting performance took place at Penn.
NO SHOTS FOR YOU!
For the first time in program history, UC Davis held its opponent from recording a shot throughout an entire match, when the Aggies faced LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 25. This is also a new team single-game record, topping the defensive effort that took place on Sept. 6, 2014, when the team limited Saint Louis (on its own turf) to only one shot.
TRIPLE THE TROUBLE FOR OPPONENTS THIS SEASON
Earlier this season, Kathleen Humphries became the first Aggie to post three points in a single game when she earned an assist on her team’s game-winning goal, before scoring one of her own in the latter moments of field hockey’s match at Ohio (9/2).
BRAGGING RIGHTS BELONG TO KATE
UC Davis’ road match at Missouri State (9/24) marked the final time that sisters squared off against one another when UC Davis’ Kate Young, and her older sister Liz, met at Betty and Bobby Allison North Stadium. Kate is younger than her redshirt senior sister, and now owns family bragging rights for life since her team won three of four head-to-head matches.
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
When it faced No. 13 Boston College on Sept. 11, UC Davis set a new single-game program record by finishing with 17 saves. The previous record of 16 happened on three occasions: Oct. 4, 2009, vs. Radford, Oct. 17, 2009, and Sept. 3, 2010, at Stanford.
AN AFTERNOON TO REMEMBER
Redshirt freshman forward Kathleen Humphries turned in a stellar performance when UC Davis battled the Ohio Bobcats on Sept. 2. In addition to scoring her first goal, and earning her first assist as an Aggie, Humphries posted the first individual three-point game since Kayla Wigney accomplished the feat at Pacific on Nov. 6, 2014.
The Aggies’ first road trip of the year was a unique one for head coach Chrissy Kilroe because UC Davis competed against her alma mater on Sept. 7. In addition to her time as an Ohio State student-athlete, Kilroe also spent four seasons as an assistant coach.
While on head coach Anne Wilkinson’s staff Ohio State won 57 games, won a conference title and advanced to Final Four in 2010.
That afternoon, UC Davis pushed OSU to its limits, but a late goal scored helped the Buckeyes escape with a 2-1 win.
BLOCKED BY BETH!
On Sept. 5 when UC Davis faced Indiana, junior goalkeeper Beth Lee ended with nine saves, a single-game career high and the third-highest total recorded by an America East ‘keeper this season.
Five days later when the Aggies battled the Maine Black Bears in a neutral-site match in Boston, Lee recorded another nine saves.
ANYONE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
UC Davis, a program willing to compete against the nation’s best on an annual basis, will face two teams that earned a top-20 ranking, and another seven squads that received voted in the Penn Monto National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association Preseason Poll.
Fellow America East colleague Stanford opened the season ranked No. 11; Boston University, a team the Aggies will face during its season-long five-match road trip, begins its season with a No. 17 ranking.
Teams receiving votes in the national preseason listing, that field hockey will face throughout the season, include (in order of total votes received): Maine, Iowa, Pacific, Indiana, Ohio State, California and Drexel.
2016 ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Fifteen letterwinners and six starters, a four-member senior class and six newcomers are part of first-year head coach Chrissy Kilroe’s roster. Including two redshirt freshmen and five sophomores, the Aggies skew young this year with 13 underclassmen donning a UC Davis uniform out of the 22 student-athletes comprising the team.
CAPTAINS OF THIS SHIP
UC Davis selected Lauren Copeland, Agustina Singh and Beth Lee as team captains for 2016 season.
Copeland, a senior back and Singh, a senior forward have been mainstays in the Aggies’ starting lineup throughout their tenure with the program. Forced to redshirt last season due to injury, the work ethic, dedication and tenacity shown by junior goalkeeper Lee throughout her rehab helped her earn this honor.