Ducks Ride First-Half Lead To Win Over Aggies

Senior Stephanie Guercio led UC Davis in points (4), ground balls (6) and draw controls (4) against Oregon on Sunday.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

April 21, 2013

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Stephanie Guercio tallied two goals and two assists to lead UC Davis offensively but Oregon enjoyed hat tricks from four different players in securing a 15-8 win over the host Aggies in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Aggies move to 5-9 for the year and 2-5 in MPSF play. The Ducks even their overall record to 8-8 and improve to 3-4 in conference games.

In addition to her attacking numbers, Guercio led UC Davis with six ground balls and four draw controls. Junior Carly Voris added two goals, while senior Hannah Mirza contributed a goal and an assist for two points. However, the Aggies struggled to a .296 shooting percentage despite a 29-27 advantage in shots, just two days after firing a school-record .704 against San Diego State.

For Oregon, junior Shannon Propst, junior Nikki Puszcz, freshman Carly O'Connell and senior Kate Cathell netted three goals each. Propst added a game-high four assists for seven total points. Junior goalkeeper Caroline Federighi recorded 12 saves with just six goals allowed in her 56 minutes of action.

The Ducks never trailed in the game, as Cathell and Propst took turns scoring back-to-back goals in a 6-1 first half. Mirza had the lone UC Davis goal in that run, converting an assist from Guercio in the 23rd minute.

The Aggies shot just 1-for-8 and committed eight turnovers before the break, but improved in both categories for the second period: they hit 9 of 19 in shooting and halved their turnovers to just four. A Puszcz goal made it 7-1 five minutes into the second half but UC Davis answered with four of the next five to trim the deficit to just 8-5. Voris scored two goals and Guercio had a goal and an assist in that comeback. Guercio's second goal came just 11 seconds after Voris' second strike. She collected the ensuing draw and sprinted some 30 meters straight to the Duck cage.



However, the Aggies never approached by closer than three goals. Oregon responded with four unanswered, including back-to-back goals by O'Connell in the 51st and 52nd minutes, respectively. By the time seniors Anna Geissbuhler and Elizabeth Datino combined on a goal to break the scoreless stretch, UO had claimed a 12-5 lead with less than five minutes remaining.

The Ducks continued to pile on goals down the stretch, as Devon Frazer and Courtney Valdez scored within a span of 23 seconds in the 56th minute. Guercio hit her second with 3:44 remaining and freshman Mary Doyle popped in a second-chance goal with 1:12 left. UC Davis won the next draw but a Chelsea Randel interception near the Aggies' restraining line gave the Ducks possession with less than 30 seconds left. Oddly, Oregon opted to add another goal in the final seconds rather than running out the clock.

UC Davis closes its 2013 season at home against Stanford on Thursday night. First draw at Aggie Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Oregon (8-8, 3-4) 6 9 - 15
UC Davis (5-9, 2-5) 1 7 - 8

GOALS - UO: Shannon Propst 3; Nikki Puszcz 3; Carly O'Connell 3; Kate Cathell 3; Sami Kiser 1; Devon Frazer 1; Courtney Valdez 1. UC Davis: Stephanie Guercio 2, Carly Voris 2, Hannah Mirza 1, Elizabeth Datino 1, Meghan Jordan 1, Mary Doyle 1.

ASSISTS - UO: Shannon Propst 4; Casey Brogan 2; Sami Kiser 1; Hayley Milner 1; Nikki Puszcz 1. UC Davis: Stephanie Guercio 2, Ellie Delich 1, Anna Geissbuhler 1, Hannah Mirza 1.

GOALIE SAVES - UO: Caroline Federighi 12 (55:57), Salliebeth Finnegan 2 (4:03). UC Davis: Kai Murphy 2 (30:59), Jordan Majka 2 (29:01).