Feb. 26, 2013
Friday, Mar. 1 - at Saint Mary's, 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 22 - at Florida (L, 4-16)
Saturday, Feb. 24 - at Stetson (W, 18-4)
TO RECAP: UC Davis (1-1) split its opening weekend, losing to No. 3 Florida then defeating Stetson by a similar score (16-4 and 18-4)... Senior Elizabeth Datino totaled six goals and four assists for 10 total points... With those four dimes, she tied Christina Corsa for the school career record at 80 (see CAREER WATCH for more)... Senior Hannah Mirza finished the weekend with 11 draw controls while Stephanie Guercio and Meghan Jordan each had five, helping the Aggies outdraw their opponents by a 28-17 margin in the two games... Jordan, a redshirt sophomore making her return after a year off due to injury, posted four assists in Sunday's win at Stetson... UC Davis fielded a relatively young starting lineup with three freshmen (Ellie Delich, Sam Axenroth, Mary Doyle) and four sophomores (Jordan, Kai Murphy, Allie Lehner, Elizabeth Landry) opening the season on the field.
CAREER WATCH: Datino will become the all-time career leader with her next assist... She also has 109 career goals, moving her into 5th ahead of Katie McGovern... Datino now needs four to pass Corsa for fourth, and 24 to pass up Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Famer Allison Stonebarger (1998-2000) for third all-time... With 189 career points, she should move past Corsa (192) and Stonebarger (194) in the upcoming games... Mirza brought her career draw controls total to 130, five ahead of Katie McMahon for second in Aggie annals... She needs 34 to break the benchmark set by Megan O'Connor (2004-07)... Mirza also became the eighth player to hit the century mark in career goals, entering this upcoming weekend with 103.
UP NEXT: The Aggies open Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Friday with a road game at Saint Mary's... UC Davis has won its last 15 matchups with the Gaels, although eight of those contests were decided by three goals or less.... SAINT MARY'S (0-2) opened its 2013 season with conference road losses to San Diego State and USC, losing by a combined margin of 36-14... Senior attacker Jillian Chong leads the Gaels with four goals while midfielders Amanda Cross and Krista Morgan each had 2-2-4 offensive lines... Cross ranked 4th in the MPSF in both goals (2.87) and points (3.80) last season, earning first-team all-conference honors.
HEAD COACH KATE HENWOOD:
"I think we started the season strong. We were antsy and ready to play. It had been a long road without competition and you can only beat up on each other for so long that we were ready to play another team. Obviously, we took some lumps against Florida but overall I think it was a great weekend for Aggie lacrosse. We took steps forward not only lacrosse-wise but also in getting closer as a family. We ended the weekend on a positive note at Stetson and now we look forward to Friday's game against Saint Mary's."
"We did a much better job outworking the other team than we did [at the Stanford Playday]. There were times in the first half of the Florida game that we got outworked, and there were times when we had silly setbacks - things we knew to expect yet they still scored on us. At the Stanford Playday, we looked like we were still asleep in the morning. That wasn't the case against Florida. We fought hard against them. The first-half score was tough, 11-0. But we made a commitment in the locker room put the first 30 minutes behind us, concentrate on the next 30 minutes, and finish the game. I think the team responded very well to that."
On Saint Mary's: "We need to set the tone early. Saint Mary's is very scrappy and they will be hungry to play us. They always are. They look at us as a team they really want to go after. It's a Friday night season opener for them, so our players will need to be prepared to play UC Davis lacrosse, to come out of the gates and play all 60 minutes in a consistent manner."