Aggies battle early with No. 12 Stanford

Melissa Kellan posted her first five-goal game since 2015 in Friday's season opener against No. 12 Stanford. (Wayne Tilcock,
Feb. 10, 2017

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior attacker Melissa Kellan scored a team-high five goals while sophomore Taylor Cuenin posted three assists and six draw controls as UC Davis battled early but ultimately fell by a 20-10 final to No. 12 Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse season opener at Aggie Stadium Friday night.

Kellan, who also assisted her team's first goal of the game, led five Aggie scorers in the contest. Freshman Amanda Outcalt made her collegiate debut with two scores and an assist. Cuenin, junior Kate Fellner and freshman Kate Graham also found the back of the net. Fellner also had an assist and four draw controls. Sophomore defender Natalie Garces had three ground balls and a caused turnover in her first UC Davis start.

Stanford senior attacker Elizabeth Cusick notched four goals with two assists while Kelly Myers and Maggie Nick each chipped in three. Senior midfielder Alex Poplawski led all players with seven draw controls, while junior defender Madison O'Leary recorded game highs of four steals and three ground balls.

The Aggies largely kept pace with their nationally ranked guests in the first half, with Kellan and Outcalt each scoring twice to hold the score at 5-5 with 5:42 left in the period. Cusick scored immediately after the next draw to restore the Cardinal lead and begin a 4-0 finish, propelling her team to a 9-5 halftime edge. Cusick then assisted Myers in the 34th minute to make it five unanswered for Stanford.

The Cardinal pulled away in the second half, extending its lead to as much as 20-8 with 2:17 remaining. Fellner scored on a drive and Cuenin fed Kellan for a quick stick in the final minutes to get UC Davis to double digits.

Overall, Stanford outshot UC Davis by a 32-21 margin, and had favorable edges in ground balls (21-12), draw controls (18-13) and turnovers (17-21).

The Aggies continue their season-opening weekend with a Sunday home contest with LIU Brooklyn, which lost to Fresno State, 15-12, on Friday. First draw is scheduled for noon.

No. 12 Stanford (1-0, 1-0) 9 11 - 20
UC Davis (0-1, 0-1) 5 5 - 10

GOALS - STAN: Elizabeth Cusick 4, Kelly Myers 3, Maggie Nick 3, Kelsey Murray 2, Dillon Schoen 2, Anna Salemo 2, Alex Poplawski 2, Areta Buness 2. UC DAVIS: Melissa Kellan 5, Amanda Outcalt 2, Taylor Cuenin 1, Kate Graham 1, Kate Fellner 1.

ASSISTS - STAN: Kelsey Murray 3, Elizabeth Cusick 2, Dillon Schoen 2, Genesis Lucero 1, Kelly Myers 1, Alex Poplawski 1, Anna Salemo 1, Charlotte Ward 1. UC DAVIS: Taylor Cuenin 3, Kelsey DeJesus 1, Kate Fellner 1, Kate Graham 1, Melissa Kellan 1, Amanda Outcalt 1.

GOALIE SAVES - STAN: Allie Dacar 7 (60:00). UC DAVIS: Lauren Ali 7 (40:17), Grace Richards 2 (19:43).