Aggie comeback thwarted in loss to Aztecs

April 21, 2017

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore attacker Shannon Cross scored a hat trick while senior defender Tess Kevorkian posted a team-best three caused turnovers, but UC Davis’ second-half comeback fell short in a 13-11 loss to San Diego State in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Friday night.

The Aggies fall to 6-10 for the year and 2-5 in conference play. The Aztecs improve to 9-6 overall and 3-4 in MPSF games, while also clinching a spot in the conference tournament later this week.

Cross led four UC Davis players with multiple goals. Senior Melissa Kellan, freshman Maddie Myers and sophomore Taylor Cuenin each added two. Kellan also had an assist for three total points. Cuenin, making her first appearance since missing the past two games due to injury, also added a steal despite limited action off the bench.

For SDSU, Taylor Sullivan netted three goals while three other players had two scores apiece. Kayla Dietz, among the two-goal scorers for the Aztecs, matched Kevorkian for the game high of three CTs.

After UC Davis surrendered a 2-0 start, Cuenin came in to post her lone steal and back-to-back goals, evening the contest to 2-2 by the 10th minute. However, Ijeoma Ikpe scored twice in a 7-2 Aztec finish to the half, sending the guests to the break with a 9-4 lead.

The Aggies cut into that margin with goals by Myers and Cross in the first four minutes of the second half, but the Aztecs then answered with three of the next four to claim a 12-7 lead by the 40th minute. 

UC Davis rallied with four straight to pull within a single goal during the next 12 minutes. Melissa Kellan picked up what was nearly an Aggie turnover, then immediately inserted the ball into the net in the 41st. Cross drew an eight-meter foul, then scored on the free position in the 43rd. Amanda Outcalt scored on a crease roll in the 51st, then Kate Fellner’s drew control led directly to a second Kellan goal just 16 seconds later.

SDSU scored the back-breaker with 3:44 to play. Erin Jeffrey took an eight-meter chance and went straight to the cage. UC Davis goalie Lauren Ali made the save but the ball popped straight back to Jeffrey, who scooped up the rebound and redirected the ball into the cage. Aggie senior Shannon Gear won the next draw control but two UC Davis turnovers protected the Aztecs’ lead down the final stretch.

UC Davis outshot SDSU by a 13-8 margin in the second after giving up a staggering 17-8 edge in the first. The two teams matched in both draw controls (13-13) and turnovers (17-17).

The Aggies wrap up their season with a Sunday game against USC. First draw is at noon.

San Diego State (9-6, 3-4 MPSF) 9 4 - 13
UC Davis (6-10, 2-5 MPSF) 4 7 - 11

GOALS - SDSU: Taylor Sullivan 3, Kristen Hickey 2, Kayla Deitz, 2, Ijeoma Ikpe 2, Erin Jeffery 1, Harlowe Steele 1, Jill Haight 1, Natalie Peel 1. UC DAVIS: Shannon Cross 3, Melissa Kellan 2, Maddie Myers 2, Taylor Cuenin 2, Amanda Outcalt 1, Rylie Siegfried 1. 

ASSISTS - SDSU: Erin Jeffery 2, Jill Haight 1, Ryli Quinn 1, Harlowe Steele 1, Taylor Sullivan 1. UC DAVIS: Kelsey DeJesus 1, Kate Fellner 1, Melissa Kellan 1. 

GOALIE SAVES - SDSU: Katrina Reeves 5 (60:00). UC DAVIS: Lauren Ali 7 (60:00).