UC Davis draws No. 21 Albany in playoff quarterfinal

Oct. 31, 2017

Match 18
No. 21 Albany Great Danes (11-6)
UC Davis Aggies (1-16)
Thursday, Nov. 2 - 10 a.m. (PT)/ 1 p.m. (ET)
Wicked Blue Field - Lowell, Mass.
Playoff Bracket
Championship Central
DAVIS, Calif. – For the third season in a row, UC Davis will take on No. 21 Albany in the quarterfinal match of the America East Championship Tournament hosted in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Aggies will face off against the Great Danes on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. (ET), with the winner advancing to Saturday’s semifinal to meet the winner of Friday’s California vs. New Hampshire quarterfinal.
Aggie fans can find links to live stats and live video for all seven games taking place in Lowell this weekend at the America East’s Tournament Central webpage above.
The Great Danes finished their 2017 campaign 11-6 overall and 6-2 in America East play. Albany shared the East Division title with Maine who also finished with a 6-2 conference record, but the Great Danes earned the number one seed due to a tiebreak advantage supported by their 1-1 record against the number three seed, New Hampshire.
The Great Danes’ two conference losses of the season came against UMass Lowell in double overtime, and in a recent match against the number two seed, Maine. Albany was no stranger to overtime contests this season as six of its 11 games on the schedule went into overtime, including two that required double overtime. Of the six extra time matches, the Great Danes came out victorious in two.
Pacing the Great Danes in points and co-leading the team in goals is freshman Katie MacCallum who has garnered 24 points on 10 goals and four assists this season. Also co-leading the team in goals is freshman Ghislaine Beerkens who has tallied 21 points on 10 goals and one assist. Co-leading Albany in assists are sophomore Dana Bozek and senior Kelsey Briddell who have both posted seven assists so far in 2017.
Sophomore goalkeeper Melissa Nealon has garnered 84 saves and a 1.46 goals against average across 17 games played for the Great Danes this season.
At the helm for Albany is three-time America East Conference Coach of the Year, Phil Sykes, who is in his 14th season as head coach for the Great Danes.
This year’s America East Field Hockey Tournament will take place at Wicked Blue 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. 
2017 America East Field Hockey Tournament
Hosted by UMass Lowell
Lowell, Mass. – Wicked Blue Field
Conference Standings:
West Division
1. Stanford
2. California
3. Pacific
4. UC Davis

East Division
1. Albany                           
2. Maine                           
3. New Hampshire              
4. UMass Lowell    

NOTE: all times listed are eastern

Thursday, Nov. 2
Game 1: East #1 (Albany) vs. West #4 (UC Davis) – 1:00 p.m. ET
Game 2: West #1 (Stanford) vs. East #4 (UMass Lowell) – 3:30 p.m. ET
Friday, Nov. 3

Game 3: West #2 (California) vs. East #3 (New Hampshire) – 12 p.m. ET
Game 4: East #2 (Maine) vs. West #3 (Pacific) – 2:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 4
Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner – 12 p.m. ET
Game 6: Game 2 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner – 2:30 p.m. ET
Championship Match
Sunday, Nov. 5
Game 7: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner – 1:00 p.m. ET
UC Davis field hockey holds the following league rankings (statistics in parentheses):
Defensive Saves: 1st (8)
Saves: 1st (135)
Saves/Game: 1st (8.53)
Saves/Game: Chelsea Bigelow - 1st (8.06)
Save Percentage: Chelsea Bigelow - 8th (0.678)
Saves: Chelsea Bigelow - 1st (137)
Defensive Saves: Kate Young – T-5th (2), Summer Borsack - T-5th (2), Kelley Kramer - T-5th (2), Madison Cohen – T-9th (1), Farah Farjood – T-9th (1)
UC Davis field hockey holds the following national rankings compared to all Division 1 programs (statistic in parentheses):
Defensive Saves: 11th (8)
Saves/Game: 11th (8.53)
Saves/Game: Chelsea Bigelow – 10th (8.06)
Pacing the Aggies with seven points each are junior Nica Taglieri and freshman Emily Chen. Taglieri has tallied seven points on two goals and three assists, and has played in all 17 games this season. The communication major’s first goal came in the Aggies’ overtime match against Temple, and her second against Pacific on the Aggies’ senior day.
Tied with Taglieri is Chen, who had a breakout performance in the Aggies’ last regular season game against No. 18 Stanford, scoring both UC Davis goals on the night. Her two-goal effort was enough to rank her tied for second in the UC Davis all-time record books for goals in a game. Chen scored her first ever collegiate goal as an Aggie on Oct. 20 against California to force overtime against the Golden Bears. The biomedical engineering major also co-leads the team in goals with three tallied in 2017.  
On the heels of Taglieri and Chen with six points each are senior Kate Young, senior Madison Cohen, and sophomore Kim van der Meulen.
Young co-leads the team in goals after notching her third goal of the season against Pacific on Oct. 22. The biochemistry and molecular biology major now has eight career goals as an Aggie. Young is also tied for fifth for defensive saves in the America East individual statistics with two tallied in 2017.
Cohen currently leads the team in assists with four tallied this season, and ranks tied for ninth overall for defensive saves in the America East. 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 eight defensive saves on the year with Summer Borsack, Kelley Kramer, and Kate Young each contributing two apiece, and Madison Cohen and Farah Farjood adding one each.
The Aggies have garnered an impressive 145 saves as a team, with 137 resulting from the efforts of sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea Bigelow, who set the new all-time record for saves in a season during the Aggies’ last regular season game against Stanford. 
The previous school record for saves in a season was set by Lauren Sawvelle in 2009 at 131. Bigelow will have the chance to add on to her record in the Aggies upcoming America East Tournament quarterfinal match against No. 21 Albany on Nov. 2.
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.
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.
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and animal science programs.
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