March 10, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior Elizabeth Landry scored four goals while sophomore Ellie Delich added another three to lift UC Davis to an 11-9 overtime win over Siena in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Monday evening. Both players scored in the extra frame to help the Aggies remain undefeated for the year.
UC Davis moves to 4-0 overall. The Saints slip to 1-4.
Landry scored one goal in the first half, two in the second, then her fourth on the opening possession of the overtime period. She also picked up a game-high six draw controls. Delich netted back-to-back midway through the first half then added an insurance goal in the 63rd minute. Freshman Melissa Kellan provided another two goals while Meghan Jordan and Morgan Sissler each netted one. Senior Carly Voris had an assist, three draw controls and five ground balls.
For Siena, sophomore Sarah Croutier shot 4-for-5 while Alyssa Treanor hit another two. Junior midfielder Julia Sirianni had a goal with a team-leading four draw controls.
The game ran in streaks for either team before settling into a 9-9 tie at the end of regulation. Croutier and Treanor sparked the Saints to a 2-0 lead in the first nine minutes before Delich's consecutive scores led a 3-0 Aggie comeback. Croutier responded with two goals amidst a run of four unanswered Siena goals to set the board at 6-3 through the 28th minute. However, Kellan's eight-meter goal in the 29th and Jordan's unassisted drive with five seconds left in the first period evened the tally at 6-6 at the break.
The ebb-and-flow pattern continued into the second as Landry's two goals extended UC Davis' scoring stretch to five unanswered, giving the Aggies an 8-6 lead through the 39th minute. Croutier's four goal halved the deficit to one at the 10:30 mark in the second, then turnovers by either side halted the scoring before Kellan's second-chance goal made it 9-7 in the 49th minute. UC Davis suffered a tough break minutes later when a goal came off the board in the 51st: Delich had found Voris cutting through the eight-meter area, and Voris converted the pass, but the shot was disqualified after a routine stick check. The lead remained at two, and Siena gained possession.
The Saints closed the gap to a 9-8 when Treanor converted an eight-meter chance in the 55th, then Sirianni equalized when she converted an Erin Mossop assist with less than four minutes remaining. UC Davis had three chances to take the game in regulation. Junior Sara Quero drew a charge when Croutier attempted a crease roll -- a play on which she had scored twice before -- with 2:40 remaining. The Aggies quickly transitioned to the offensive end, but Siena freshman goalie Samantha DePasquale came up with a big save on an ensuing eight-meter attempt.
As Siena attempted to clear, Voris picked off a Briana Sirianni pass just beyond the restraining line with less than 30 ticks on the second-half clock. Again, UC Davis was unable to score on the play. Then sophomore Courtney Neff drew a foul inside the arc. She had to leave the game due to an injury, and midfielder Mary Doyle stepped in to take the free position. Again, DePasquale made a key save for the Saints, then later broke up an entry pass to kill any further UC Davis shots in regulation.
To start the overtime period, Landry drew to herself and sprinted half the field straight to the Siena cage for the go-ahead goal just 13 seconds in. Voris won the next draw, and UC Davis drew yet another free-position opportunity. The shot sailed high but the Aggies retained possession. After working the three-minute segment clock to its final seconds, Delich popped in the 11th goal of the game.
UC Davis managed the clock for most of the remaining half of overtime although Briana Sirianni gave the Saints one final chance with her steal in the Aggies' attacking third. Possession volleyed between the two teams for the last half-minute but Siena never managed to threaten the cage. Eventually, Quero intercepted a pass with two seconds to seal the victory.
UC Davis shot 11-for-23 overall, 4-for-10 on eight-meter chances. Siena outshot its hosts by a 12-11 margin in the first half but managed only six attempts in the second half and none in regulation. Furthermore, the Saints struggled with the transition game, suffering 10 of their 19 turnovers on clear attempts.
The Aggies finish their season-opening homestand with a Wednesday afternoon game against Robert Morris. First draw is set for 3 p.m.
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ASSISTS - Siena: Erin Mossop 1. UC Davis: Carly Voris 1.