March 24, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore Katie McMahon scored five goals to send UC Davis to an early lead, then three straight second-half scores by junior Tifffany Lee helped that lead stand up as the Aggies beat Marist, 12-8, in a non-conference collegiate women's lacrosse game at Aggie Field Thursday.
UC Davis improves to 4-3 on the season. The Red Foxes, members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, drops to 1-4 overall.
McMahon figured on four of her team's first five goals, scoring three and assisting on another to help the Aggies craft a 6-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of play. Marist freshman Lindsey Diener ended the run by scoring the first of her team-high five goals at 23:28. McMahon answered with her fourth goal at the 27:49 mark and defender Ranessa Santos advanced nearly the entire field to convert her first career score a minute later. UC Davis entered the halftime break with a 8-2 edge.
"Our transition and excellent in the first half. Overall, the team played what I think is its best game yet," said Aggie head coach Elaine Jones. "We lost a little focus in the second half. We had some injuries and some calls that didn't go our way. It took a little bit away from what we we're doing, but the team regrouped and held on and got the win."
Diener and senior Christine Connell each scored goals out of the gates to trim that margin to four goals before Tiffany Lee's successful draw control led to McMahon's fifth goal, bringing the Aggie lead to 9-4. But sooner after that score, McMahon was called for her second penalty, removing her from the game.
Lee became UC Davis' biggest offensive threat during the final stretch of the game. She converted an assist by Katie McGovern at 50:08 to put the Aggies ahead by 10-5 margin. Then after free-position goals from Diener and Lauren Sherman allowed Marist to approach within three goals, Lee scored back-to-back goals with 2:48 and 1:40 remaining, effectively sealing the win for UC Davis.
"I think those goals padded our lead, which was good," said Jones. "Defensively we were mismatched because two of our players were out for the majority of the second half. It was nice to have some goals to add to the lead and to have some other people get some good looks."
"The key for us will be to keep this up. This is the first of four games for us and each one will be harder than the previous game. We're done with final exams and we were excited to play today."
McGovern finished the game with two goals and two assists for a season-best four points. Midfielder Lindsay also scored for UC Davis while defender Nicole Frantz posted her first assist of the year.
Thursday's action is the first of four games in a six-day span for the Aggies. They travel to Washington, D.C. to face Howard University on Saturday.
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