Aggie drops lacrosse heartbreaker to Lions

March 16, 2017

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis sophomore midfielder Taylor Cuenin scored a career-high six goals but a Laine Parsons eight-meter shot with nine seconds remaining lifted Columbia to the 14-13 win in non-conference women’s collegiate lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Thursday night.

The Aggies fall to 3-5 for the year. The Lions, enjoying their best season start since 2009, improve to 4-2.

Cuenin, who scored three goals in each half, also had a game-high six draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers. Senior goalkeeper Lauren Ali tallied a season-high 14 saves. Junior Kelsey DeJesus, sophomore Shannon Cross and freshman Amanda Outcalt each added two goals, while DeJesus also led all players with four steals. Freshman Anna Belenis picked up five ground balls.

Parsons’ game-winner was her team-leading fourth of the game. Senior Caroline Joy added another three tallies for Columbia, while junior Victoria Kalamaras had a game-high four assists. Lindsey Ewertsen provided two goals, two assists and a team-best five draw controls for the Lions.

The contest featured seven ties and four lead changes. Columbia jumped out to a two-goal lead before UC Davis answered with three straight in taking a 3-2 lead by the 10th minute. Cuenin scored on an eight-meter chance and assisted on one of two Cross goals in that run. An Ewertsen draw control led immediately to a Taylor Quinn goal to tie the contest at 3-3 just a minute later. Cuenin won the next two draws, which resulted in back-to-back goals: one by Outcalt with 19:02 left, then another on Cuenin’s drive to the cage less than a minute later, resulting in a 5-3 UC Davis edge.

The Lions answered with three straight scores in the next four minutes to regain the lead to 6-4, then allowed two Aggie goals to even the board back to 6-6. Freshman Kate Graham then put the Aggies back on top, 7-6 with her putback with 9:43 left. However, UC Davis committed five turnovers down the stretch of the first half and surrendered four straight goals to fall into a 10-7 halftime hole.

Columbia held an 11-8 edge until the 40th minute of the second half. DeJesus made good on a Cuenin steal, finishing a fast-break opportunity to make it 11-9. Cross won the next goal, then passed to Cuenin who drove the rest of the way to cut the lead to 11-10. Geary controlled her own draw, setting up an Outcalt equalizer in the 41st. 

Columbia called a timeout, then responded with Parsons’ hat trick goal after the ensuing restart, then extended its lead to 13-11 on Joy’s goal with 12:03 remaining. Once again, however, UC Davis fought back. Ali made a key save on Mariel Teague’s eight-meter shot, then DeJesus finished the job on the other end to halve the deficit to one. Soon after, Outcalt scored what appeared to be the equalizer but was called for a goal circle violation. Instead, the Aggies had to wait until the 58th minute to tie the game. Columbia’s Sara Ruzzi was called for a yellow card at the 2:40 mark, leaving UC Davis a player up for most of the remainder of regulation. Cuenin eventually tied the contest with 97 ticks left.

Cuenin won the next draw on a leaping effort, evidently giving the Aggies the final possession of the game. However, Quinn blocked a pass, resulting in Teague’s pickup. Columbia quickly cleared and earned an eight-meter foul on the opposite end. That sent Parsons to the hash to score the game-winner. Belenis won the next draw but the clock expired before the Aggies could reach their attacking third.

UC Davis outdrew its guest by a 18-11 margin, and held the second-half advantage in shots (15-10). However, Columbia committed only three turnovers in the first half and successfully cleared on 18 of 19 transition opportunities. The Lions also scored 4-for-7 on eight-meter chances as opposed to the Aggies’ 1-for-7 success rate.

UC Davis resumes Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play at Saint Mary’s on Sunday, then breaks for the university’s final examinations. That game in Moraga begins what will be six straight Aggie road contests.

Columbia (4-2) 10 4 - 14
UC Davis (3-5) 7 6 - 13

GOALS - COLUMBIA: Laine Parsons 4, Caroline Joy 3, Lindsey Ewertsen 2, Taylor Quinn 1, Victoria Kalamaras 1, Sara Ruzzi 1, Mariel Teague 1. UC DAVIS: Taylor Cuenin 6, Amanda Outcalt 2, Shannon Cross 2, Kelsey DeJesus 2, Kate Graham 1. 

ASSISTS - COLUMBIA: Victoria Kalamaras 4, Lindsey Ewertsen 2. UC DAVIS: Taylor Cuenin 1, Kate Fellner 1, Melissa Kellan 1.  

GOALIE SAVES - COLUMBIA: Kelsey Gedin 12 (60:00). UC DAVIS: Lauren Ali 14 (60:00).