Aggie Lacrosse Hosts USC In Home Opener

Senior Stephanie Guercio has scored five goals with eight draw controls this season.
(David Williams, Stetson Athletics)

March 5, 2013

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Wednesday, Mar. 6 - USC, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 10 - at California, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Mar. 12 - VIRGINIA TECH, 4 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 1 - at Saint Mary's (L, 15-16 OT)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (1-2, 0-1) lost to Saint Mary's for the first time since Feb. 18, 2006, falling in a one-goal overtime setback... The Aggies led 13-10 through the first 43 minutes and 15-14 in overtime... Senior attacker Elizabeth Datino scored five goals with two assists while senior midfielder Hannah Mirza led with six draw controls... Oddly, UC Davis shot a season-best .556 after opening the season at a .379 clip, and held a slight edge in draw controls (19-16)... The Aggies also finished 3 of 3 on eight-meter opportunities after struggling (1-for-7) in such situations during the Florida trip... In the end, UC Davis committed seven turnovers in the last 15 minutes of regulation to allow SMC to force overtime.

CAREER WATCH: Datino took over the top spot on the UC Davis career assists chart... She enters this week's games with 82, two ahead of previous recordholder Christina Corsa (2008-11)... Senior Anna Geissbuhler is the next active player on the list, sitting 8th with 50...

UP NEXT: UC Davis returns to Aggie Stadium for its home opener against new MPSF member USC... Game time is 6 p.m.... Thanks to the generosity of the Aggie parents in running their own grassroots promotional campaign, the first 50 UC Davis undergrads with valid ID will receive a free T-shirt... The Aggies continue MPSF play with a Sunday game at Cal (2 p.m.) before returning home for a Tuesday afternoon game against Virginia Tech.

USC (3-3) inaugurated its lacrosse program with the ultimate degree of difficulty, losing 18-5 against No. 1 Northwestern... The Women of Troy later won three straight, including a 17-8 conference win over Saint Mary's... Most recently, USC lost, 18-13, to Princeton... Freshman Caroline de Lyra leads the nation with 36 total points (21 goals, 15 assists) while midfielder Amanda Johansen paces the country with 40 total draw controls... CALIFORNIA (0-2) will face Saint Mary's at home before hosting the Aggies... The Golden Bears lost to James Madison and UMBC two weeks prior before taking a weekend bye... They return to Memorial Stadium after playing two seasons at the Witter Rugby Field... Junior Paige Gasparino leads Cal with three goals and an assist... Senior Megan Takacs is the reigning MPSF Player of the Year but has shot 0-for-14 in the first two games... VIRGINIA TECH (3-3) lost a 9-8 heartbreaker to James Madison before recovering with a 13-4 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Saturday... The Hokies will host Boston College before making their first California road trip... Sophomore attacker Megan Will has 14 goals and four assists while midfielder Brooke Martin has shot 12-for-24.

"This is a really big week for us, obviously. I strongly believe that we have one of the best teams in the conference but we haven't proved it yet. And the first people we need to prove it to is ourselves. We've had a refocus in practice on us. We have two very athletic teams coming up. They will be tough opponents, but we have to focus on UC Davis and what we'll bring to the table. So I expect to see a more disciplined team out there tomorrow night."

"Give credit to Saint Mary's because they wanted it more than we did. That has to be something that our players commit to themselves, that they show up to play. You're working so hard at your sport for so many hours a day that it consumes you, so you have to show up and play. It's the moment you work for. If I had to point my finger at one thing, it was our lack of composure in emotional moments. It wasn't just throwing the ball away at the end of the game, which we did, it was multiple opportunities where we passed the ball to the goalie instead of getting a quality shot off, or getting a beautiful feed and dropping the ball. Those have to be goals, they have to moments where we capitalize. We just weren't as focused as we need to be."