Aggies Head to Virginia, Seek First NorPac Championship

Megan Reardon is one of four players making their final appearance at the NorPac Championship this week.
 
Megan Reardon is one of four players making their final appearance at the NorPac Championship this week.
 

Nov. 5, 2013

LAST WEEK’S ACTION

Nov. 1 vs. Pacific: W, 3-2

THIS WEEK’S GAMES

NorPac Tournament Game 1 

East Division No. 3 Radford Highlanders (5-14)
vs.
West Division No. 2 UC Davis Aggies (5-12)

Thursday, Nov. 7 – 8 a.m. (PT)
Liberty Field Hockey Field (1,500) – Lynchburg, Va.

Championship Central
Live Stats (Radford vs. UC Davis)
Video
 

NORPAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE 

Thursday, Nov. 7

Game 1:  No. 2W UC Davis vs. No. 3E Radford - 8 a.m.
Game 2:  No. 1E Liberty vs. No. 4W California - 10:30 a.m.
Game 3:  No. 1W Stanford vs. No. 4E Davidson - 1 p.m.
Game 4:  No. 2E Longwood vs. No. 3W Pacific - 3:30 p.m. 

Friday, Nov. 8

Game 5:
  Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser (consolation) - 8 a.m.
Game 6:  Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner (semifinals) - 10:30 a.m.
Game 7:  Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner (semifinals) - 1 p.m.
Game 8:  Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser (consolation) - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Game 9:
  Game 6 loser vs. Game 7 loser (Third Place) - 8 a.m.
Game 10:  Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner (Championship) - 10:30 a.m.
 

NOTE: All times Pacific, division seeds for each participating team included in Thursday's schedule


DAVIS, Calif. –
Less than a week after earning its second-straight second-place finish, UC Davis will face East Division No. 3 seed Radford Highlanders in the opening game of the 2013 NorPac Championships. The Aggies’ inaugural tournament contest is slated for Thursday, Nov. 7, at 8 a.m. (PT).

Hosted by Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., live stats and video are available for all main draw, and consolation matchups taking place at Liberty Field Hockey Field.

Thursday’s game will mark the third head-to-head meeting; during the 2009 season, Radford scored a late-game goal, and fought off a late UC Davis charge to defeat the Aggies, 3-2, in a neutral-site game held in Davidson, N.C. In addition to winning that contest, Radford squeaked by the Aggies once again in the opening round of the 2009 NorPac Championships by scoring two second-half goals.

Both teams enter their tournament-opener after recording markedly opposite results throughout the last week of the regular season.

Radford enters postseason action after being shutout in its final two games against Davidson and Liberty. Of the Highlanders’ last 10 games, the team collected victories on only two occasions–at home versus Robert Morris and at Appalachian State. 

UC Davis arrives to Virginia after its strong showing against the Pacific Tigers last Friday. By scoring the game’s first goal, Cloey LemMon helped the Aggies take an early 1-0 lead. Combined with Stephie Sabraw’s effort, she recorded an assist on her team’s inaugural goal and scored one of her own within the first minute of the second half, UC Davis captured its division’s No. 2 seed and forced Pacific to face a tougher draw in its first tournament game against Longwood.

LemMon now has a chance to further strengthen her position as the program’s all-time scoring leader, and can add to her total of 27 career goals with positive performances this week at Liberty. 

Already with a career-high four goals scored, Sabraw has an opportunity to join three of her teammates and add her name to the list of UC Davis players with five goals to their credit.

In addition to LemMon, Jamie Garcia and Danielle Koehne also ended the regular season with five goals; the former needs just one more goal to tie her career-high set last season, Koehne’s total represents her program-high since the 2013 campaign was the redshirt freshman’s first on the field.

Garcia also led the team with six assists.

This weekend’s event marks the first true road trip for the Aggies since spending the entire month of September away from Aggie Stadium. In addition to a pair of neutral-site games, the team also competed six games at various locations throughout the Midwest, a block of action that included four games within a six-day timespan.

For Radford, its first tournament game simply extends a road trip that spanned the final three weeks of October, including a stop in Lynchburg, site of this year’s tournament, to face Liberty in the regular season finale for both squads. 

Besides their sweep of Appalachian State, and a victory against Robert Morris, the list of Highlanders victories earned this season include efforts over Davidson and Saint Louis.

Radford is 1-1 in its two neutral-site games played this season; in addition to earning one of its five victories on the year against Saint Louis, the team also fell to Miami (OH) by a 6-1 score. 

The only opponent to face Radford and UC Davis this season, Miami (OH) downed the Aggies 4-1 in a well-played game by both sides until the final minutes of the match. The Redhawks scored in the 61st minute before adding an insurance goal in the penultimate minute of the game to secure the result.

Of the 17 goals scored this season by Radford, sophomore forward Marianna Parker was responsible for seven. Sophomore midfielder Stacey Mackintosh was a distant second with three goals, senior defender Alayna Versage and junior forward Sydney Myrdal each recorded a pair with junior forward Ashton Cox, freshman forwards Meghan Smiga and Camaron Watkins comprising the list of Highlander goal scorers this season. 

If UC Davis can keep the score close throughout the first half, the Aggies possess their most dangerous opportunity to light up the scoreboard because Radford allowed 38 of its 63 goals in the second half. Conversely, only five of the Highlanders’ 17 goals found the back of the cage throughout the final 35 minutes.