March 14, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Freshman attack wing Katie McMahon scored a career-high six goals, helping UC Davis build an early 4-0 lead en route to a 12-6 win over Wagner College in a non-conference collegiate women's lacrosse game at Aggie Field Sunday.
The Aggies, ranked fourth in Inside Lacrosse magazine's Division II poll of March 8, improve to 4-2 with the victory. Wagner, a member of the Northeast Conference, drops to 0-4 overall.
McMahon led all scorers with six goals and an assist for seven total points. Senior defensive wing Jessie Donohoue added two goals for UC Davis, while center Naomi Coffman posted a game-high two assists. Goalkeeper Kristen Braasch recorded seven saves against 21 total Seahawk attempts.
Jill Pyzik, Heather George and Darby Biggart each scored two goals for Wagner. Pyzik and sophomore midfielder Jen Ryan had one assist apiece. Erica Brown had nine saves and three ground balls in net for the Seahawks.
McMahon had two of her goals and her only assist as part of a 4-0 Aggie run to open the game. She set up fellow attack wing Stacy Sugarman on a goal just 20 seconds after the opening draw, then scored one of her own at 0:41. Megan O'Connor and McMahon converted free-position shots at 4:05 and 6:46 to stretch the lead to four goals.
"It was our goal to jump on them early and get the momentum going," said UC Davis head coach Elaine Jones. "I think we accomplished that. The team knew this game would be tougher than Lehigh, so they were ready to be aggressive, ready for a team with better stick skills and better ability to take it to the cage."
Pyzik put her team on the board on the next possession, winning the ensuing draw and taking the ball all the way to the Aggie cage for her first goal. However, that score was the last offense for the next 12 minutes. Brown had three saves during the scoreless stretch while her counterpart Braasch knocked down a Jen Ryan free-position shot at 17:51 to protect her team's lead.
McMahon pushed the Aggie lead back to four with an unassisted goal at 20:40, but Biggart answered back less than a minute later, converting an assist from Pyzik to cut the margin to 5-2. Another Braasch save in the 27th minute helped send UC Davis the other way, allowing senior Kelly Albin to punch in a goal at 27:30. The Aggies carried that 6-2 lead into halftime.
UC Davis managed to keep the Seahawks at arm's length throughout the second half. Biggart and George each scored a goal within a 10-second span, allowing Wagner to approach within a 7-4 deficit. But McMahon had three of the game's next four scores, allowing her team to pull ahead to 10-5.
The Aggies break for final examinations, then return to action for a trip to D.C. from March 27-30, during which they will face Gannon, Howard and Longwood.