Braasch Posts 13 Saves As Aggies Hold On Against Ducks

May 5, 2005

Box Score

MORAGA, Calif. - UC Davis senior goalie Kristen Braasch posted three of her 13 total saves in the final three minutes to help seal a 7-6 win over Oregon in first-round action of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse tournament at Saint Mary's Thursday.

The Aggies, seeded fourth in the tournament, improves to 10-7 for the year. The fifth-seeded Ducks drop to 5-11 overall.

Sophomore Katie McMahon and freshmen Kaitlin Moore and Katie McGovern each scored two goals for UC Davis. Moore also had a pair of assists, both to McMahon.

For Oregon, Kate Fleming and Emily Fowler each recorded two goals. MPSF Newcomer of the Year honoree Jen May added a goal and an assist.

The Ducks took an early lead when Jen May hit Kate Fleming in transition just 40 seconds into the game. UC Davis tied it up in the eighth minute on McMahon's first goal, but UO reclaimed the lead at 11:46 on another transition goal, this time by Jana Bradley.

Sophomore Megan O'Connor and Moore converted free-position attempts in the 23rd and 26th minute, respectively, putting the Aggies up by a 3-2 advantage at the halftime break. Braasch tallied 10 saves in that first half.

"We got the lead early and didn't give it up. That was the best thing we did today." said UC Davis head coach Elaine Jones. "I'd like to see better possession and fewer turnovers in the midfield. We need everybody to play a little bit smarter overall and think a little clearer tomorrow [against Stanford]."

McMahon assisted Moore on a goal at the 37:24 mark to extend UC Davis' lead to 4-2, but Fowler converted back-to-back free-position goals in a span of 1:33 to tie the game at 4-4. McGovern scored in transition at the 43:58 mark to give the Aggies a one-goal lead. However, that advantaged proved to be short lived -- May converted yet another eight-meter goal at 47:13 to retie the game at 5-5.



In the 51st minute, UC Davis took a two-goal lead thanks to McMahon's second goal and still another free-position goal, this time by McGovern.

Fleming cut the Aggie lead to 7-6 at 24:08 with an unassisted drive to the cage, but the UC Davis ball control and Braasch's heroics in the cage helped that lead standup for the remainder. UO fired four shots in the final 2:48, including a one-on-one transition opportunity and two free-position chances, but could not find the back of the cage.

The Aggies advance to the tournament semifinal. They will face top-seeded Stanford at 2 p.m. Friday.

Oregon (5-11) 2 4 - 6
UC Davis (10-7) 3 4 - 7

GOALS - UO: Kate Fleming 2, Emily Fowler 2, Jen May 1, Jana Bradley 1. UC Davis: Katie McGovern 2, Kaitlin Moore 2, Katie McMahon 2, Megan O'Connor 1.

ASSISTS - UO: Jen May 1. UC Davis: Kaitlin Moore 2, Katie McMahon 1.

GOALIES - UO: Louisa Dorsch 11 saves, 7 goals against (60:00). UC Davis: Kristen Braasch 13 saves, 6 goals against (60:00).