April 7, 2013
Senior Elizabeth Datino scored a hat trick and sophomore Elizabeth Landry combined four total points with a game-high nine draw controls but UC Davis was unable to protect its halftime lead, falling to 20th-ranked Denver by a 13-11 final in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse action at Barton Lacrosse Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Aggies slip to 3-8 overall and 0-4 in conference play. The Pioneers, coming off a 14-10 upset of 10th-ranked Stanford, improve to 13-1 for the season and remain unbeaten in MPSF contests at 5-0.
Landry, senior Hannah Mirza and Mary Doyle each scored two goals for UC Davis. She also tied freshman Ellie Delich and sophomore Meghan Jordan for the team lead with two assists. Doyle also had six draw controls to help UC Davis hold an 18-8 edge in that category. Sophomore goalkeeper Kai Murphy also helped keep the Aggies in the hunt, posting a career-high 13 saves.
For Denver, senior Kara Secora tallid five goals with four assists, sophomore Jill Remenapp added two goals with a game-high six assists while senior Kate Henrich tallied six caused turnovers. That trio was particularly effective down the stretch: Secora had a 3-3-6 offensive chart, Remenapp went 2-1-3, and Henrich had five of her six steals in the final 21 minutes of play. Henrich leads all NCAA Division I players in caused turnovers, and has set school career, season and single-game records in that category this season.
Though Secora drew first blood in the contest, UC Davis took its first lead when Carly Voris put the Aggies on the board in the fifth minute, then Doyle won the ensuing draw and hit an eight-meter chance just 20 seconds later. Denver responded with three straight -- including two by Mikayla Clark -- but the Aggies scored five of six during a 14-minute stretch late in the first half. Jordan assisted Landry and Mirza on successive goals at the 16th and 21st minutes, Landry assisted Delich and Mirza in the 27th and 29th, then Datino gave UC Davis a 7-5 lead with just 50 seconds left in the half. Secora cooled the Aggies' momentum with her goal with eight ticks remaining, cutting the halftime margin to 7-6.
Steals by Doyle and Mirza combined with Datino's successful eight-meter shot restored the Aggie advantage to two goals four minutes into the second half. Denver answered with three straight goals to take a 9-8 lead although Murphy also managed five saves in that 11-minute span to keep UC Davis within striking range.
The Pioneers took a two-goal lead for the first time since early in the first half when a Henrich steal led to a second-chance goal by Rachael McKinnon on the other end. The Aggies managed to battle back to an 11-11 tie when Delich's steal against Hook's clear attempt led to a Landry goal with 7:39 left. However, Remenapp scored a key steal on the next draw, returning the possession to Denver. It took three shots for the go-ahead but Secora converted a pass from Remenapp for the game-winner with six minutes left.
Remenapp won the next draw and Secora scored an insurance goal a minute later. Rachel Dillon controlled the ensuing draw for DU, which managed the clock for almost five full minutes in protecting its win.
Although UC Davis won the battle for draw controls, Denver enjoyed a key edge in most other categories, particularly in the second half. The Pioneers outshot their guests by a 37-22 margin, including 17-9 after the break. They also committed just nine turnovers to the Aggies' 16, including a 4-to-9 difference in the second period.
UC Davis continues MPSF play with a road game at Fresno State on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.
|UC Davis (3-8, 0-4)
|#20 Denver (13-1, 5-0)
GOALS - UC Davis: Elizabeth Datino 3, Elizabeth Landry 2, Hannah Mirza 2, Mary Doyle 2, Ellie Delich 1, Carly Voris 1. DU: Kara Secora 5, Jill Remenapp 2, Mikayla Clark 2, Jenn Etzel 2, Rachael McKinnon 2.
ASSISTS - UC Davis: Ellie Delich 2, Meghan Jordan 2, Elizabeth Landry 2, Stephanie Guercio 1. DU: Jill Remenapp 6, Kara Secora 4.
GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Kai Murphy 13 (60:00). DU: Hannah Hook 8 (60:00).