Lacrosse Looks To Get Back On Track Against Stanford

Junior Jen Sanderson was a bright spot for UC Davis on Sunday, leading the team with four steals and scooping five ground balls.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
Junior Jen Sanderson was a bright spot for UC Davis on Sunday, leading the team with four steals and scooping five ground balls.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 27, 2006

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Friday, Mar. 3 - at Stanford, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26 - OREGON (L, 6-13)

LAST WEEK: UC Davis was outshot 31-17 in 13-6 loss to Oregon Sunday... The Aggies also committed 28 turnovers, one off the 29 against Saint Mary's a week earlier; and lost margins on ground balls (39-27) and draw controls (11-10)... Junior Katie McMahon figured on five of her team's six goals, scoring four and assisting Patrice Clark on one of her two... The Aggies converted just two of their six free-position attempts (both my McMahon), a follow-up to the 2-for-7 second half vs. the Gaels on Feb. 18... Defensively, Jen Sanderson led UC Davis with four caused turnovers and won five ground balls... GK Hilary Harkins also had a pair of caused turnovers (an interception and pass deflection) to go with 10 saves in net.

THIS WEEK: The Aggies pursue their first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win, this time against defending conference champion Stanford... The 20th-ranked Cardinal have won 11 straight series games, dating back to a 16-13 Aggie win on April 2, 2000... Stanford holds a 2-2 record with wins against Oregon and Ohio State, and losses to California and No 17. Notre Dame... Sunday's Cardinal-Irish contest went three overtimes, with Jill Byers delivering the winning goal for UND... Sophomore Daphne Patterson had four goals while junior Liz Piselli added three in the 12-11 contest... Piselli leads Stanford with 10 goals, including both game-winners... GK Laura Shane has 47 saves against 38 goals against for a .553 success rate.

"There was definitely more intensity against Oregon than the week before with Saint Mary's. That was the good thing. I think if we had played against Saint Mary's the way we played against Oregon, we would have won."

"The breakdowns were that we got outhustled on ground balls and draws, and we didn't have enough people scoring. I have one attacker that scored four goals and a sub that scored two. So where is everyone else? It's hard to win with just two people scoring. Two people can't carry a team."

"I haven't been very pleased with the first three games. We were sloppy in the first game [Robert Morris], then last weekend we're still not putting the ball in the net and we're dropping passes at crucial times. We had 28 turnovers again. Right now, there is no one thing that has been good in all three games. Some people who had a poor game against Saint Mary's were able to rebound against Oregon, so that's good. But we haven't been tight or consistent."