April 6, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -
Sophomore Courtney Neff scored three goals while Ellie Delich added a goal and an assist, but UC Davis' comeback effort fell short in 9-6 loss to Denver in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Aggies even their overall record to 6-6 and slip to 1-4 in conference play. The Pioneers, among the teams receiving votes in the IWLCA national poll, improve to 11-1 for the year and remain unbeaten atop the MPSF standings at 5-0.
Delich, junior Elizabeth Landry and sophomore Mary Doyle each had a goal in aid of Neff's first hat trick of the year. Landry also had four draw controls while Doyle added another three. Jordan Majka, who entered the game as a relief goalkeeper in the 21st minute, tallied three saves with three goals against.
Denver earned four points each from Meredith Harris and Jill Remenapp. Harris tallied three goals and an assist while Remenapp, the national leader in assists, added four more to her season total in that category. Rachael McKinnon also delivered a hat trick for DU.
The Pioneers stormed to a 5-0 start in the first 8:06 of play, getting two goals each from Harris and McKinnon. Neff put the Aggies on the board with a successful eight-meter on the next possession to make it 5-1, then hit her second later in the first to keep the margin at four. McKinnon completed her hat trick on a quick-stick goal with 40 seconds left before halftime, but Delich responded on the other end with a converted free position. DU held a 7-3 lead at halftime.
Remenapp assisted Jenn Etzel and Christa Reese in the early going in the second half to push the lead to 9-3, but UC Davis managed to stage a comeback down the stretch. Neff hit her third goal in the 42nd minute, Landry hit one in the 54th and Doyle scored less than two minutes later to set the board at 9-6.
The Aggies had chances to cut the lead even further. Neff had a goal called back due to a stick violation, while Denver goalkeeper Hannah Hook had four of her seven total saves after her team's 9-3 lead. One of those stops came on a key eight-meter chance with just 1:37 left to play: junior Sara Quero had won the two previous draws after Aggie goals to help her team's late rally.
UC Davis hits the road for continued MPSF play against Oregon and Stanford on April 13 and 15, respectively.
|Denver (11-1, 5-0)
|UC Davis (6-6, 1-4)
GOALS - DU: Meredith Harris 3; Rachael McKinnon 3; Jenn Etzel 2; Christa Reese 1. UC Davis: Courtney Neff 3, Ellie Delich 1, Elizabeth Landry 1, Mary Doyle 1.
ASSISTS - DU: Jill Remenapp 4, Meredith Harris 1. UC Davis: Ellie Delich 1.
GOALIE SAVES - DU: Hannah Hook 7 (60:00). UC Davis: Kai Murphy 0 (20:35), Jordan Majka 3 (39:25).