March 14, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Aggie sophomore Katie McMahon recorded a season-best five goals but opposing attacker Ali Shafer scored four first-half goals as Longwood University held on to a 10-8 win over UC Davis in a women's collegiate lacrosse game at Aggie Field Monday.
The Aggies drop to 2-3 on the season. The Lancers improve to 2-1. Both institutions are in the second year of a four-year transition process to NCAA Division I status and are thus ineligible for national postseason play, giving the annual contest the moniker "The Battle of the Banned".
Each team claimed three members of the game's all-star team. Representing UC Davis were McMahon, freshmen midfielder Lindsay Messina and freshman goalkeeper Hilary Harkins. On the Longwood side was Shafer, senior Sophie Dress and junior goalie Emily Wilson.
McMahon put the Aggies on the board first, splitting three defenders and scoring on a back-handed shot just 1:40 into the game. However, Strain assisted Shafer to equalize the game just three minutes later. Strain assisted on three of Shafer's goals.
Sophomore Megan O'Connor converted a free-position opportunity and McMahon fired in her second goal to put UC Davis ahead by 3-1, but again Longwood answered back. Strain set up Dress on a goal with 12:42 remaining before the break, then Shafer scored back-to-back goals to give the Lancers a 4-3 edge with 9:27 left in the first half.
The topsy-turvy nature of the game continued as McMahon scored two more goals within a span of 64 seconds, putting the Aggies up by a 5-4 margin. Shafer re-tied the game at 5-5 then Isa Cohen sent Longwood into the break with a 6-5 advantage, scoring on a Jenn Shipp-assisted play in the final minute of the first period. Dress had a chance to increase that lead in the waning seconds, but an Aggie field block stopped a free-position attempt in :08 on the clock.
Lancer sophomore Kathleen Barry scored on a strong cut in front of the UC Davis cage within the third minute after halftime, giving Longwood a two-goal edge. Strain won the ensuing draw, but two Lancer shots failed to elude Harkins in net. Harkins saved the second effort, then successfully cleared the ball downfield to the Aggie front line. Freshman Lindsay Messina then finished an unassisted effort in the 34th minute to cut the Lancer lead to 7-6.
Cohen scored 38:16 into the game then Shipp scored another with help from a ground-ball recovery by senior Leanne Kibler, sending Longwood ahead by 9-6, its biggest lead of the game and one it would not relinquish. UC Davis managed to approach as close as 9-8 when freshman defender Ranessa Santos recovered a ground ball near the center circle then delivered a long assist to McMahon at the 45:54 mark.
With a narrow one-goal lead, the Lancers successfully controlled the clock on offense while holding the Aggies to 0-for-2 shooting during the next 10 minutes of play. In a ball-control setup, Shafer ran out of bounds to give the Aggies a brief possession with three minutes remaining in the game. She redeemed the turnover with a caused turnover of her own, then her team wound almost two more minutes from the game.
After winning another possession on a ground-ball rebound, UC Davis fired an errant pass on the offensive end. Strain recovered the ground ball, then Kathleen Barry scored on the opposite end with 34 seconds remaining to seal the Lancer win.
O'Connor finished with two goals and Messina had one for the Aggies. Harkins posted 13 saves in her first career start. For Longwood, Cohen and Barry each had two goals. Strain had four total assists while Joyce Haines added two. Emily Wilson posted six saves in the Lancer net.
This is the third all-time meeting between UC Davis and Longwood, and the second as the "Battle Of The Banned".
The Aggies return to action on Wednesday when they host Long Island University. Gametime is 3 p.m.
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GOALIES - LU: Emily Wilson 6 saves, 8 goals against (60:00). UC Davis: Hilary Harkins 13 saves, 10 goals against (60:00).