March 1, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Elizabeth Datino scored a game-high five goals with two assists for UC Davis but it was Saint Mary's midfielder Amanda Cross who came up with the late heroics as the Gaels edged the Aggies in overtime, 16-15, during a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse thriller Friday evening.
The Aggies dip to 1-2 for the season and open conference play at 0-1. The Gaels move to 1-2 overall and in MPSF contests.
Datino led seven UC Davis scorers. Sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Landry added a hat trick in her return after missing a game due to a hand injury. Defensive wings Sara Quero and Stephane Guercio each added two goals. Sophomore Meghan Jordan matched Datino's team-leading two assists.
Cross scored four goals with three assists to lead SMC offensively. More importantly, she scored the equalizer with 1:38 remaining in the first overtime segment, then assisted Jillian Chong for the game winner with 54 ticks left in the contest, preventing a sudden-victory frame.
The Gaels jumped out with four of the game's first six goals in the initial 10 minutes of play. After Allie DeBruhl capped a transition goal initiated by Jillian Chong's steal in the 10th minute, UC Davis scored three straight to turn the 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead. Allie Lehner converted an assist from freshman Courtney Neff in the 14th, Guercio hit the equalizer shortly after, then Datino finished her shot on the ensuing possession to give the Aggies the one-goal edge.
UC Davis looked to extend its lead but shots from Jordan and Datino failed to connect. Megan Armes picked up the ground ball, the Gaels quickly cleared the midfield, then Rachel Minarovich tied the contest for a third time. Saint Mary's Caroline Mahony and UC Davis' Quero traded goals to bring the tally to 6-6 with less than five minutes remaining, then Minarovich converted the assist from Cross to restore the Gaels' lead. The Aggies failed to convert in two final possessions down the stretch, allowing SMC to hold a 7-6 halftime break.
The Aggies employed a 3-0 run in the second half to take their largest lead of the game. Freshman Ellie Delich, Guercio and Datino each planted one goal in a span of four minutes to lift UC Davis to a 10-8 advantage. Cross broke up the onslaught with her goal in the 38th minute but Landry immediately answered with her eight-meter conversion to keep the Aggies up by two.
Datino pushed UC Davis out to a 13-10 lead on an assist from sophomore Meghan Jordan but SMC rallied for three straight goals to tie. Chong's eight-meter goal knotted the score at 13-13 with 10:22 to go. Aggie goalkeeper Kai Murphy stopped a couple of shots during the next three minutes to prevent the Gaels from taking the lead, but DeBruhl finally put a shot between the pipes to give SMC a 14-13 edge with just under eight minutes left.
Datino struck again for her fifth goal in the 57th minute to even the score at 14-14, the game's eighth tie. Landry then put the Aggies out front on the first possession of the extended play, only to have Cross tie the contest for a ninth and final time less than a minute later. Jaclyn Biggers controlled the next draw and Chong immediately scored the fateful 16th goal for SMC.
Neff won the next draw but Biggers posted a big steal to put the ball back in to SMC hands long enough to manage the clock for the final half-minute.
UC Davis held a 19-16 advantage in draw controls but Saint Mary's won the key one near the end. The Gaels also only committed 10 turnovers, including just two in the first half.
Friday's loss also ended UC Davis' series win streak of 15 against the Gaels. It also marked the ninth time in those 16 contests that the final margin was three goals or fewer.
The Aggies continue MPSF play in their home opener against first-year program USC on Wednesday night. Game time at Aggie Stadium is 6 p.m.
|UC Davis (1-2, 0-1)||6||8||1||-||15|
|Saint Mary's (1-2, 1-2)||7||7||2||-||16|
GOALS - UC Davis: Elizabeth Datino 5, Elizabeth Landry 3, Stephanie Guercio 2, Sara Quero 2, Allie Lehner 1, Ellie Delich 1, Hannah Mirza 1. SMC: Amanda Cross 4, Rachel Minarovich 3, Jillian Chong 3, Caroline Mahony 2, Jaclyn Biggers 2, Allie DeBruhl 2.