April 19, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Seniors Elizabeth Datino and Hannah Mirza combined for nine goals while sophomore attacker Meghan Jordan tallied a career-high six assists, helping UC Davis set a school record for shooting percentage in a 19-12 victory over San Diego State in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Friday evening.
The Aggies improve to 5-8 overall and win their second straight conference game to move to 2-4 in MPSF play. The Aztecs slip to 8-6 for the year, 3-3 in league.
Overall, UC Davis scored 19 goals on 27 shots for a .704 average, breaking the previous mark of .700 set Claremont's club team back in 2000. Mirza shot a perfect 5-for-5 with three goals in eight-meter opportunities. Datino added four goals and sophomore Elizabeth Landry tallied a hat trick to go with four draw controls. Jordan had one goal and three assists in each half for eight total points. Her goal in the 39th minute gave UC Davis the lead for good.
For SDSU, sophomore midfielder Sophie Koubek scored three goals while Christina Ricciardulli, Bailey Ewing and Alexa Comfort each netted two. Freshman Felice Artuso picked up five draw controls to match Aggie first-year Mary Doyle for the game high in that category.
UC Davis jumped out to a strong start, scoring five of the contest's first six goals during the initial 10 minutes. Senior Stephanie Guercio scored on a pair of unassisted drives while Jordan had a goal and assist in that boost. But the Aztecs, whose play was marred by two unforced turnovers on their first two possessions, recovered to a 7-2 run during the next 16 minutes of play. Lauren Maack assisted Madison Formwalt for a goal in the 28th minute to give SDSU its first lead.
Jordan found Landry for a goal with 1:46 left in the half to equalize at 8-8, but the Aztecs responded with two quick goals in taking a 10-8 advantage. Artuso hit an eight-meter and Comfort converted an assist form Michaela Jarvis to establish their team's largest lead.
Datino won the next draw and took it immediately to the San Diego State goal to help cut the lead to one going into the break. The Aggies tied the contest in the opening minutes of the second half when a head-check yellow card sent Mirza to the eight-meter arc. She promptly finished to even the tally at 10-10.
Ewing answered with a free-position goal of her own in the 34th minute to restore the Aztec lead, but that edge proved to be relatively short-lived. Doyle won the next draw control, which set the stage for Jordan to assist Delich for the game's fourth tie at 11-11. Jordan took advantage of yet another SDSU yellow card - one of seven charged to the Aztecs over all - in scoring a man-up goal with 21:54. She side-stepped an SDSU defender and made a quick move toward the cage to set the board at 12-11. Datino made it 13-11 a minute later with another eight-meter goal.
The Aggies finished on a 6-0 run during the final 14 minutes of play. Mirza kicked off that stretch with another spectacular goal. After defender Colleen McGee won the ground ball on a Kai Murphy goalie save, she found Mirza open in the midfield. Mirza dashed across the SDSU restraining line to complete the clear and charged virtually untouched to the Aztec goal.
UC Davis outshot its guest by a 15-8 margin in the second half after batting to 12-12 before the break. Perhaps more importantly, the Aggies committed just 11 turnovers to the Aztecs' 20 during the game. Finally, after San Diego State won 13 of the 20 draws in the first half, UC Davis outdrew SDSU by an 8-5 edge in the second.
Sophomore Sara Quero enjoyed a strong defensive game for the Aggies. She tallied four ground balls and three caused turnovers, including a pair of drawn charges. Senior Tess Alekna and sophomore Allie Lehner combined for five ground balls on the defensive end.
MPSF play continues at Aggie Stadium on Sunday as UC Davis hosts Oregon for a 1 p.m. contest.
|San Diego State (8-6, 3-3)||10||2||-||12|
|UC Davis (5-8, 2-4)||9||10||-||19|
GOALS - SDSU: Sophie Koubek 3, Christina Ricciardulli 2, Alexa Comfort 2, Bailey Ewing 2, Felice Artuso 1, Meris Walsh 1, Madison Formwalt 1. UC Davis: Hannah Mirza 5, Elizabeth Datino 4, Elizabeth Landry 3, Meghan Jordan 2, Ellie Delich 2, Stephanie Guercio 2, Mary Doyle 1.
GOALIE SAVES - SDSU: Sammy Slattery 6 (60:00). UC Davis: Jordan Majka 0 (18:24), Kai Murphy 4 (41:36).