Aggie LAX hosts Harvard during Alumni Weekend

Feb. 21, 2018

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DAVIS, Calif. -- Returning to their shared alma mater, a few dozen UC Davis women’s lacrosse alumnae – some from nearby while others now living thousands of miles away – will return to the 530 area code for a weekend that ends with a tough test for the current Aggies: a noon home game against Harvard.


The Crimson, who opened their year with a 14-5 victory over New Hampshire last weekend, ranked higher in last year’s RPI (38th) and LaxPower’s ratings (29th) than either of UC Davis’ first two Div. I opponents this season (Cal and Oregon). According to first-year Aggie mentor Suzanne Isidor, Harvard will be a good challenge for her team. “There is nothing easy about them,” she said. “They will play Stanford before they come to us. The Ivy League is strong, top to bottom. They’re typically fast and they’re well-coached. They will be a really tough opponent.”


The Aggies split their second weekend’s worth of games, suffering a 15-5 road loss against a new-and-improved Oregon squad, before returning home to score a 13-6 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. And in contrast to the opener against Cal, in which only two players (junior Taylor Cuenin and sophomore Amanda Outcalt) scored goals, last weekend saw other Aggies contribute in the scoring column. Senior midfielder Kelsey DeJesus totaled three goals for the weekend, senior Kate Fellner supplied four assists in the win over the Athenas, while sophomore Sorana Larson enjoyed her first hat trick in that Sunday contest.


“We feel like we have seven scorers on the attack,” said Isidor. “We’re comfortable that if they key on one person, we have others who will step up. This weekend, we had a few more people getting into it. Sorana had a great game finding the back of the net on Sunday. It took her getting her first couple of goals of the season to get that confidence up.”


Isidor also identifies two key areas where she expects to see improvement. UC Davis committed 30 turnovers on Sunday, eight more than in the loss to Cal, and the most since suffering that many in a 2009 loss to Robert Morris. So reducing turnovers will be the team’s primary focus, especially against a tough opponent like Harvard. “We make a great stop or come up with a caused turnover, then we turn the ball over. I like our aggressiveness, that we’re going for things, but we have to be smarter with the ball. We have to make better passes and better decisions,” said Isidor.


On the flipside of turnovers, Cuenin posted three steals against CMS to bring her career total to 73. That breaks her tie with Mary Doyle (2013-16) and puts her one ahead of Elizabeth Landry (2012-15) for fourth in school history. Doyle and Landry, incidentally, are two of the alums taking part in the upcoming weekend’s alumni festivities.


HARVARD (1-0) rode the offensive contributions of two key veterans in its 14-5 win over UNH on Saturday. Junior midfielder Keeley MacAfee, who ranked second on the team in scoring last year, paced the Crimson with four goals and two assists. Senior Julia Glynn, an All-Ivy honorable mention in 2017, added a 3-2-5 attacking chart. Defensively, goalie Olivia Gundrum made just her second career start, but responded with 14 saves against the five goals for a glittering .737 average.


Live stats for Sunday’s game are available via StatBroadcast, while live video will be streamed to the UC Davis women’s lacrosse Facebook page. Fans may also pair the video stream with David “DK” Kim’s live audio feed, available through Stretch Internet.



ALUMNI WEEKEND
While previous UC Davis lacrosse coaches have held alumni games, Suzanne Isidor and her staff are hosting a full-fledged alumni weekend... Friday consists of a 7 p.m. no-host social at Bistro 33 in downtown Davis, Saturday has the alumni game and reception at Aggie Stadium (3:30 p.m.), then Sunday will provide an opportunity to recognize the alums during the Aggies-Crimson contest at noon... No word if any of the coaches are participating in this year’s alumni game, but assistant Ashley Johnson not only played in but scored a goal during the 2016-17 edition... Any Aggie LAX alums looking to take part in the weekend should contact assistant coach Emi Smith at emvsmith@ucdavis.edu.


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