Nov. 2, 2011
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STANFORD, Calif. - The UC Davis women's field hockey team makes its third appearance at the NorPac Championships when the Aggies open the league tournament on Thursday morning at Stanford against Davidson College.
UC Davis, 4-11 overall while finishing 2-4 in the NorPac, is the third-seeded West Division team in the eight-team event while Davidson is the second-seeded East Division program. The Wildcats enter the week with a 10-7 overall record after going 4-2 in the league.
This is the second time the teams have met in the NorPac Championships after tangling in the consolation round in 2009. It took overtime for the Wildcats to post a 2-1 win after Lydia Brambila scored off an assist from Kristen Lopez during the second half to forge a 1-1 tie for the Aggies.
The teams share just one common opponent this year in William & Mary which Davidson beat 2-1 in overtime and UC Davis lost to 3-1. The Wildcats bring a two-game winning streak into Thursday's game and have won three of their past four.
Davidson has scored 43 goals and 114 points this season with most of the production coming from a trio of players in Finley Amato, Christine Rua and Annie Evans. Amato has a team-high 13 goals and 33 points, Ruas has tallied nine goals and 24 points and Evans has picked up seven goals and 19 points.
Sarah Fisher has been Davidson's mainstay in goal, collecting 87 saves and also a shutout.
The Aggies ended their regular season in strong fashion, beating rival Pacific last Saturday, 4-1. That win came on the heels of a disappointing 3-2 overtime loss to Cal on Oct. 23, a game which UC Davis led most of the way.
Emily Mecke, Cloey LemMon and Kristen Lopez each have 13 points for UC Davis with Mecke and LemMon scoring six goals each and Lopez tallying a team-high nine assists. Conley Craven has posted 60 saves for the Aggies who last year lost to Longwood in their opening game at the tournament before beating Appalachian State, 4-2 in the consolation round.
Other first round games on Thursday have Stanford (#1 West) against Applachian State (#4 East) at 1:30 p.m., Longwood (#1 East) against Pacific (#4 West) at 4 p.m. and Cal (#2 West) versus Radford (#3 East) at 6:30 p.m.
An Aggies win will send them into the championship semifinals at 1:30 p.m. on Friday while a loss will put them in a consolation game at 11 a.m. The other semifinal is at 4 p.m. while the remaining consolation matchup is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The third-place game will be played at 11 a.m. on Saturday while the final is set for 1:30 p.m. The tournament winner will host the winner of the Atlantic-10 Conference in an NCAA play-in game next Tuesday.