April 22, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior midfielder Steph Greenlees scored four goals but it was a crucial draw control and assist by sophomore Kate Broderick that helped lift Denver to a 12-9 win over UC Davis in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse game at Aggie Field Friday.
The Aggies drop to 8-6 for the year, and 2-2 in the MPSF. The Pioneers improve to 5-11, but more importantly, bump their conference mark to 3-2. The win virtually ensures Denver of the third seed in May's conference tournament.
Sophomore Katie McMahon led UC Davis with four goals and an assist, while junior Tiffany Lee contributed a hat trick. All three of Lee's goals came within a span of four minutes during the second half, and two of them retied a game that featured three different lead changes.
Lee scored back-to-back goals at the 47:07 and 49:14 marks in the second period, cutting an 8-6 Denver advantage to an 8-8 tie. Greenlees hit her fourth goal at 50:56 into the game to give the Pioneers an 9-8 edge, but Lee struck again on an unassisted drive to retie the game at 9-9 with 8:44 remaining.
On the next draw, Broderick won the toss and immediately fired to teammate Tara Bourdelaise, who was making a strong drive toward the UC Davis cage. Bourdelaise collected the outlet and converted the goal to give the Pioneers the lead for good.
Junior midfielder Tanya Fuchs posted a goal and an assist in the final minutes to help Denver extend the lead to the 12-9 final.
Fuchs finished with a 2-2-4 line and Broderick had a 2-1-3 chart for the Denver offense. Steph Schneider posted 11 saves in the Pioneer cage.
UC Davis hosts its home finale against Saint Mary's on April 27.
|Denver (5-11, 3-2 MPSF)||6||6||-||12|
|UC Davis (8-6, 2-2 MPSF)||4||5||-||9|
GOALS - DU: Stephanie Greenlees 4, Tanya Fuchs 2, Kate Broderick 2, Crystal Jack 1, Megan Tyrie 1, Victoria Baines 1, Tara Bourdelaise 1. UC Davis: Katie McMahon 4, Tiffany Lee 3, Kaitlin Moore 1, Katie McGovern 1.