Comeback Bid Falls Short In Loss At USC

Sophomore Ellie Delich broke the seal on the USC goal late in the first half, sparking a valiant comeback effort in Friday's conference road clash at USC.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

March 14, 2014

Final Stats

LOS ANGELES - Four different Aggies scored two goals each to help UC Davis rally back from an 11-0 deficit in the first half, but the comeback effort fell short in a 15-10 loss to USC in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse action at McAlister Field Friday afternoon.

The Aggies incur their first loss of the year, moving to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in MPSF play. The Women of Troy even their season mark to 2-2, and open their conference slate at 1-0.

Freshman Melissa Kellan had two goals and two assists, juniors Meghan Jordan and Elizabeth Landry each finished with 2-1-3 offensive charts, while sophomore Courtney Neff added two goals to lead UC Davis.

The Aggies managed just three attempts at the cage in the first half (to the Trojans' 16) but outshot their hosts by a 14-9 margin after the halftime break. The second half also saw improvements on the draw: UC Davis won 8 of 13 after intermission after allowing USC to control 10 of 14 in the first half. Additionally, the Aggies halved their turnovers from 10 to 5 from one period to the next, including an improvement from 2-for-6 to 4-for-4 in transition play.

Nonetheless, the USC start proved insurmountable. Freshmen Annie Ruland and Michaela Michael each had runs of three consecutive goals during the Trojans' 11-0 start. Michael's team-leading fourth goal gave USC its biggest lead with 2:53 to go before UC Davis got on the board with two swift tallies to end the period: Kellan assisted Delich in the 28th minute, then Landry fed senior Carly Voris for another just 26 seconds later.



Although Neff continued the Aggie run to start the second half to bring the score to 13-3 less than a minute in, USC righted its ship enough to hit back-to-back eight-meter goals by Caroline Cordrey and Kylie Drexel. However, UC Davis answered with a 7-1 run during the next 12 minutes to close the gap to 14-9 with still 8:03 left to play. Neff won the next draw to give the Aggies another chance to continue shaving the deficit, but USC goalie Liz Schaeffer came up with a nice save. The Women of Troy cleared their transition, then Danielle Doherty converted an assist from Caroline de Lyra in the 55th minute.

A Delich draw control gave UC Davis another immediate opportunity to close the gap. Shaeffer again came up with a big save. The Aggies brought the lead back to five goals when a Mary Doyle steal allowed midfielder Morgan Sissler to connect with Kellan on a fast-break goal. However, USC had managed to manage the clock down to a minute left, and the score held at 15-10 the rest of the way.

Friday's loss ends what had been the best season start by UC Davis women's lacrosse since going 11-0 in 2000.

The Aggies continue its MPSF road trip at San Diego State on Sunday.

UC Davis (5-1, 1-1) 2 8 - 10
USC (2-2, 1-0) 11 4 - 15

GOALS - UC Davis: Courtney Neff 2, Elizabeth Landry 2, Melissa Kellan 2, Ellie Delich 2, Carly Voris 1, Meghan Jordan 1. USC: Michaela Michael 4, Annie Ruland 3, Danielle Doherty 2, Caroline Cordrey 2, Caroline de Lyra 2, Amanda Johansen 1, Kylie Drexel 1.

ASSISTS - UC Davis: Melissa Kellan 2, Ellie Delich 1, Meghan Jordan 1, Elizabeth Landry 1, Morgan Sissler 1. USC: Caroline de Lyra 4, Danielle Doherty 1, Michaela Michael 1.

SAVES - UC Davis: Kai Murphy 1 (11:51), Jordan Majka 3 (48:09). USC: Liz Schaeffer 6 (60:00).