Panthers Best Aggies In Lacrosse Shootout

Stephanie Guercio scored two goals in Wednesday's high-scoring affair at High Point.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 29, 2012

Final Stats

HIGH POINT, N.C. - UC Davis junior attacker Elizabeth Datino tallied five goals while freshman Charlotte Morris provided four assists, but a second-half offensive burst and 17 total steals boosted High Point to a 22-14 win in non-conference women's collegiate lacrosse action at Vert Stadium.

Both teams move to 2-1 for the year.

Datino's five-goal output represents the third straight game she has led the Aggies in scoring. Juniors Stephanie Guercio and Hannah Mirza each chipped in two goals, while Anna Geissbuhler posted a goal and two assists.

Sophomores Chelsea Thompson and Mackenzie Carroll each shot 3-for-4 with three assists to lead the Panthers offensively. Seven other HPU players had two goals each.

Junior goalkeeper Anna Wallingford held the Aggies scoreless with three saves during the first five minutes of the game before Heather Ziccarelli drew first blood with a goal in the fifth minute. Datino evened the score on a successful eight-meter attempt less than a minute later. She and Guercio each cut the deficit to a single tally in the 10th and 13th minutes, respectively, but the Panthers put away five of the game's next six goals in a span of four minutes to claim a 9-4 lead.

Morris assisted Mirza for UC Davis' fifth goal with 10:14 remaining in the half but Wallingford again provided a seal on the cage, saving three Aggie shots during the next six minutes. Geissbuhler scooped up the loose ball on Wallingford's final save of that stretch, then sent it to sophomore Lauren Nardi to reduce the Panther lead to 9-6. UC Davis trailed 10-7 at the break.



Four Aggies - Geissbuhler, Morris, Datino and Mirza - netted goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half to pull UC Davis within a one-goal deficit. However, HPU responded with five straight through the 37th minute to claim a 17-11 lead. Datino's fifth goal interrupted the run but Carroll hit two in another 4-0 run that effectively sealed the win for the Panthers.

Wednesday's game is the highest-scoring contest UC Davis has played since a 24-16 victory over Colorado College late in the 2004 season. The two teams battled to 75 shots. The Aggies came away with 21 of the game's 38 draws, five of which ended up in the stick of freshman Elizabeth Landry.

The Aggies continue their South Atlantic road trip at Davidson on Thursday. Game time is 3 p.m. Pacific.

UC Davis (2-1) 7 7 - 14
High Point (2-1) 10 12 - 22

GOALS - UC Davis: Elizabeth Datino 5, Stephanie Guercio 2, Hannah Mirza 2, Charlotte Morris 1, Anna Geissbuhler 1, Vannessa Jamison 1, Elizabeth Landry 1, Lauren Nardi 1. HPU: Chelsea Thompson 3, Mackenzie Carroll 3, Sarah Kuhlman 2, Kendyl Gardner 2, Christie Dougherty 2, Grace Gaeng 2, Heather Ziccarelli 2, Alec Perry 2, Abby Berrettone 2, Alexis Goldman 1, Stephanie Pazulski 1.

ASSISTS - UC Davis: Charlotte Morris 4, Anna Geissbuhler 2, Elizabeth Datino 1, Hannah Mirza 1, Lauren Nardi 1. HPU: Chelsea Thompson 3, Mackenzie Carroll 3, Courtney McLaughlin 2, Grace Gaeng 1, Abby Berrettone 1, Stephanie Pazulski 1.

GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Jordan Majka 9 (60:00). HPU: Anna Wallingford 14 (60:00).