Aggies Rally In Second Half But Fall To No. 14 Denver

Junior Hilary Harkins had 19 saves for UC Davis, including 13 in the first half.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
Junior Hilary Harkins had 19 saves for UC Davis, including 13 in the first half.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

April 8, 2007

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore midfielder Karen Morton scored three goals with two assists to help 14th-ranked Denver protect its first-half lead in a 12-5 win over UC Davis in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse game at Aggie Stadium Sunday.

The Aggies, who outscored their guests by a 4-3 margin in the second half, fall to 6-6 overall and 0-3 in MPSF play. The Pioneers remain unbeaten in conference at 2-0 while improving to 12-2 for the year.

Senior Kristie Leggio, junior Megan Carver and freshman Ali Flury each had two goals for DU. Senior midfielder Megan O'Connor led UC Davis with a pair of goals, while junior goalkeeper Hilary Harkins protected the cage with 19 saves. That total matches her career high, set previously against Oregon to start the 2007 season and Stanford in last season's MPSF tournament.

O'Connor scored the first goal of the game, converting an eight-meter attempt at the 4:11 mark. It turned out to be UC Davis' only shot in the first half, while Denver scored nine straight before the break. Carver had the equalizer in the 12th minute, then Morton assisted Leggio for the go-ahead goal less than a minute later. Morton scored two goals while teammate Steph Coyne had a goal and assist in the first-half onslaught. Additionally, DU outshot its host, 31-1, before the halftime break.

The Aggies claimed the first two goals of the second half, first on a Clark-assisted score by freshman Molly Lapolla at the 34:13 mark. On the next possession, senior defender Jen Sanderson won the draw then junior midfielder Katie McGovern short-hopped her shot against Pioneer goalie Katie Gold. The ball caught the left post and bounced into the net, cutting the deficit to 10-3.



Morton completed her hat trick at 36:55 with her successful eight-meter attempt, then senior Kate Broderick bumped the lead back to eight with a goal at 40:38, capitalizing on a caused turnover by teammate Jenn Moore.

Sophomore Catie Strahorn-Brown connected on a catch-and-shoot opportunity with 4:34 left and O'Connor hit a free-position attempt with 22 ticks to account for the remaining UC Davis goals.

O'Connor led the Aggies with five draw controls and a trio of steals. Denver defender Natasha Davies led all players with eight ground balls and caused four UC Davis turnovers.

The 12 Pioneer goals represents a relative low for the nation's top-rated offense. Denver managed 12 in Friday's win against Stanford and scored six in its season opener against Duke.

UC Davis is back in action on April 13 against Ohio State.

Denver (12-2, 2-0 MPSF) 9 3 - 12
UC Davis (6-6, 0-3 MPSF) 1 4 - 5

GOALS - DU: Karen Morton 3, Kristie Leggio 2, Ali Flury 2, Megan Carver 2, Steph Coyne 1, Lexi Sanders 1, Kate Broderick 1. UC Davis: Megan O'Connor 2, Katie McGovern 1, Molly Lapolla 1, Catie Strahorn-Brown 1.

ASSISTS - DU: Karen Morton 2, Steph Coyne 1, Dani Espinosa 1, Lexi Sanders 1. UC Davis: Patrice Clark 1, Jen Sanderson 1.

GOALIES - DU: Becky Childs 0 saves, 1 goal against (30:00); Katie Gold 6 saves, 4 goals against (30:00). UC Davis: Hilary Harkins, 19 saves, 12 goals against (30:00).