Golden Rams Upset Top-Ranked Aggies

April 11, 2003

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - Despite a team-best three goals from Jaime Fitzpatrick, UC Davis was unable to recover from an early 5-1 deficit as the No. 1 Aggies lost to No. 4 West Chester in a women's collegiate lacrosse game Friday.

The loss snaps the Aggies' six-game winning streak, dropping to 7-4 on the year. It is also the first against a D-II opponent during the 2003 season. The Golden Rams improve to 7-2 overall. UC Davis also stood atop this week's NCAA South Region rankings, ahead of Longwood, Limestone and WCU.

"We had trouble with our passing and catching and we had dropped balls," said Aggie head coach Elaine Jones. "West Chester had tough pressure defense but nothing like haven't seen already. We just weren't executing -- I was baffled.

"Its unfortunate that we played that way. I just hope it doesn't come back to haunt us."

Naomi Coffman posted two goals and an assist in the loss. Kate Hanson also scored a pair of goal for UC Davis. Goalkeeper Kristen Braasch had 11 saves in net.

After a 5-1 deficit, UC Davis battled back to cut the halftime lead to 5-4, helped a goal in the final second before the intermission. But the Golden Rams opened with a quick 3-0 run in the second half to push their lead to 8-4. The Aggies cut that back to 8-7 going into the final minutes before WCU added an insurance goal to seal the win.

UC Davis faces Millersville University on Saturday. The Marauders dropped out of this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll after two weeks at No. 10.

UC Davis (7-3)






West Chester (7-2)





GOALS - UC Davis: Jaime Fitzpatrick 3, Naomi Coffman 2, Kate Hanson 2. WCU: not available.

ASSISTS - UC Davis: Naomi Coffman 1. WCU: not available

GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Kristen Braasch 11. WCU: not available.