No. 17 Albany Great Danes (13-5)
UC Davis Aggies (5-12)
Thursday, Nov. 3 - 2:30 p.m.
Pacific Field Hockey Turf (500) - Stockton, Calif.
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DAVIS, Calif. - Now that the regular season is over, everyone’s attention will shift to Stockton, site of the 2016 America East Conference Field Hockey Championship. UC Davis’ run at the league’s playoff tournament will begin Thursday afternoon at Pacific Field Hockey Turf against Albany.
The winner of this matchup will advance to Saturday’s semifinal and face the winner of Friday’s Maine vs. California quarterfinal.
Live stats and a video stream for all seven games taking place at Pacific this weekend are available at the America East’s Tournament Central webpage.
For the second straight season, UC Davis will battle Albany in the quarterfinal round of the America East Tournament. Last season, the Aggies lost to the eventual league champion, but were forced to compete against the Great Danes on their home turf. This year, it is the Aggies who will enjoy an advantage since they are the ones with the luxury of a short bus trip, and not a cross-country flight preceding the league’s playoff.
Albany will head to Stockton looking for its third tournament title in a row, and sixth in the last nine seasons.
In order to top the Great Danes in their second-ever head-to-head match, the Aggies will need to neutralize the scoring and defensive prowess of three key players: Paula Heuser, Maxi Primus and Molly Mariano.
Heuser will enter Thursday’s quarterfinal with 19 goals, 12 assists and 44 points, totals that rank her No. 2 in each category among all league players. The senior midfielder is Albany’s first-ever three-time All-American, the reigning National Field Hockey Coaches Association Player of the Year and the current active NCAA leader in career points. Heuser also led her team in every major statistical category this year: goals, assists, points, shots (98), shots on goal (62) and game-winning goals (4).
On the other end of the turf, senior goaltender Maxi Primus ended the 2016 regular season with a league-low 1.11 goals against average and a conference-high .761 save percentage.
Thursday’s quarterfinal will pit two of the league’s most recent Players of the Week in Aggie goalkeeper Beth Lee and Great Dane forward Molly Mariano. Mariano earned offensive accolades for notching her second hat trick of the season in last Sunday’s Senior Day game vs. UMass Lowell, and is currently ranked No. 2 in three major offensive categories among all Albany players: goals (14), points (29) and game-winning goals (3).
All-Time Series: Albany leads 1-0
Last UC Davis Win: N/A
Last Cal Win: 7-1; 11/5/15 at Albany
Last Five UC Davis Results: L (A)
AGGIES VS. THE AMERICA EAST
UC Davis field hockey holds the following league rankings (statistic in parentheses):
Shots: 9th (166)
Shots/Game: 9th (9.76)
Goals: 8th (26)
Goals/Game: 8th (1.53)
Assists: 8th (19)
Assists/Game: 8th (1.12)
Penalty Corners: 8th (81)
Defensive Saves: T-2nd (6)
Saves: 3rd (121)
Saves/Game: 3rd (7.12)
Shutouts: T-3rd (4)
Goals Against Average: 7th (2.76)
Shots: Agustina Singh - T-10th (46)
Shots/Game: Agustina Singh - 8th (2.71)
Points: Agustina Singh - T-20th (16)
Goals: Agustina Singh - T-17th (7)
Goals/Game: Agustina Singh - 18th (0.41)
Defensive Saves: Lauren Mewes - 2nd (3); Kate Young - T-4th (2)
Saves: Beth Lee - 2nd (101)
Saves/Game: Beth Lee - 3rd (5.94)
Shutouts: Beth Lee - T-2nd (3)
Shutouts/Game: Beth Lee - T-2nd (0.18)
Goals Against Average: Beth Lee - 7th (2.62)
Save Percentage: Beth Lee - 5th (.716)
AGGIES VS. AMERICA
UC Davis field hockey holds the following national rankings compared to all Division I programs (statistic in parentheses):
Defensive Saves: 25th (6)
Save Percentage: 32nd (.718)
Saves/Game: 17th (7.18)
Defensive Saves: Lauren Mewes - 24th (3)
Save Percentage: Beth Lee - 29th (.716)
Saves/Game: Beth Lee - 21st (5.94)
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 continuing with another two on Friday, Nov. 4, winners of these four 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. Games are scheduled to take place at noon and 2:30 p.m. each day, with the exception of the championship match. The battle for the league’s title, and automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, is set for 1 p.m.
America East Field Hockey Tournament
Hosted by Pacific
Stockton, Calif. - Pacific Field Hockey Turf
NOTE: All times listed below are Pacific
Thursday, Nov. 3
Game 1: Stanford vs. UMass Lowell - 12 p.m.
Game 2: UC Davis vs. Albany - 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 4
Game 3: California vs. Maine - 12 p.m.
Game 4: Pacific vs. New Hampshire - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5
Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 3 - 12 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 4 - 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6
Game 7: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 - 1 p.m.
THANK YOU SENIORS!
Even though the Aggies’ Oct. 28 match marked the final home appearance for Eden Borsack, Lauren Copeland, Courtney Hessler, Kat Jackson, Beth Lee, Agustina Singh and Kayla Wigney, UC Davis field hockey fans will have another opportunity to watch all seven compete in person since local rival Pacific is hosting this year’s postseason tournament.
LEAGUE NAMES LEE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
By keeping Cal off the scoreboard during the Aggies final home match of the season, Beth Lee collected her first Defensive Player of the Week honor when the league announced its final group of weekly award winners for the 2016 season on Halloween.
ONE MORE AND WE CAN CALL IT A TREND
UC Davis’ 2-0 victory, on Oct. 28, marked the second time in as many seasons that the Aggies defeated Cal on Senior Day. These teams have now split their last four matches, with the home team collecting a victory each time.
NO DENYING WIGNEY THAT DAY
For the second time in her career, Kayla Wigney scored two goals in a game. As was the case on Oct. 21, 2014, vs. Central Michigan, Wigney’s two goals helped her team collect a home victory.
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.
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.