Aggies face Oregon, CMS during road-home weekend

Feb. 13, 2018

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DAVIS, Calif. -- In front of a lively crowd at Aggie Stadium, the Suzanne Isidor era of UC Davis women’s lacrosse began with an 11-9 setback to California. This week, the Aggies prepare for a pair of contests, including another Pac-12 Conference member. The team travels north to face Oregon on Friday, then returns home for a Sunday matinee against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

While the actual loss was certainly not what the first-year head coach wanted, Isidor found many positives to take from the game. “We came out with a lot of energy and fire. We had a little lull that Cal capitalized on, but we had a lot of opportunities. There were seven or eight great looks that we just didn’t put in, or their goalie made some great saves.”

Indeed, UC Davis had four of its first five shots deflected by Golden Bear goalkeeper Jenny Wilkens. Junior Taylor Cuenin scored five goals while sophomore Amanda Outcalt managed four, although the rest of the Aggie roster went 0-for-10. Defensively, junior goalkeeper Grace Richards and the Aggie defensive unit held Cal to just 33 percent shooting (11-for-33). Richards, a converted attacker, recorded 12 saves in her first complete game in the crease. The Aggies also outdrew their guests by a 12-9 margin, with Sorana Larson winning five.

“Defensively, we played a really solid game, and Grace was awesome in goal, and we did well on the draw,” said Isidor. “Capitalizing on the offensive end will be a little bit of a focus for us. This is all fixable. We have the ability and firepower to change it.”

Two freshmen saw substantial playing time and made significant contributions in their UC Davis debuts. Defender Ally Deremer posted a caused turnover with three ground balls to lead a solid backfield that featured Anna Belenis, Natalie Garces and Addie Dearden. Midfielder Mar Alvear led the Aggies with three steals, matched Deremer’s three ground balls and won a pair of draws. 

Of course, reducing the number of turnovers (22, including 12 after draws or in the attacking third) and improving the attacking efficiency (9-for-26 shooting) will be the focus for Isidor and her Aggie crew heading into the weekend’s schedule, especially since Oregon and CMS each have yet to play a game. The relative lack of intel means UC Davis can concentrate on its own player first.

OREGON (0-0) bolstered its team with the transfer of Brittany Read, the former Louisville goalkeeper who earned ACC Defender of the Year in 2017. The Ducks return two of their three top scorers from last season, namely junior Shannon Williams (51 goals, 21 assists) and senior attacker Mariah Gatti (42 goals). Williams and senior attacker Cambi Cukar (42 assists) earned All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors in their team’s last year in that conference.

No. 20 CMS (0-0) comes off a 16-2 season, a perfect 10-0 record in the SCIAC, and the program’s first NCAA Division III tournament appearance in six years. Senior midfielder Katie Hill (39 GBs, 22 CTs) earned SCIAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, with fellow middies Lauren Clubb (23 goals, 24 assists), Evan Murphy (31 goals) and Emily Cohen (team-high 49 goals) joining her on the all-conference first team.

Live stats for Sunday’s home game are available via StatBroadcast, while live video will be streamed to the UC Davis women’s lacrosse Facebook page. Links are above.

QUICK STICKS: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps may be a first-time opponent but it is hardly a stranger to the UC Davis lacrosse family... Head coach Lauren Uhr headed Saint Mary’s for eight years, while assistant coach Rachael Martinez was a four-year starter and 2011 team captain for UC Davis... Martinez, who won a pair of Academic All-MPSF honors during her Aggie career, previously coached at her high school alma mater of California HS and the Tenacity Project.

ABOUT UC DAVIS: Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation’s best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

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SAAC COIN DRIVE: Support the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Yolo County SPCA during the month of February as the Aggies hold their 11th annual coin drive at all home events. For the fourth year in a row, Big West Conference institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities, with the top three fundraising SAAC’s receiving a cash prize toward their SAAC budget. Over the last 10 years, conference members have combined to raise nearly $197,000.