UC Davis LAX returns to action against RMU

March 6, 2018

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DAVIS, Calif. – After nearly setting a school record in a Sunday setback against Harvard, UC Davis women’s lacrosse returns from its extended break to host Robert Morris, ending a three-game homestand. The contest takes place at 6 p.m. at Aggie Stadium.

The weekend bye provided 10 calendar days between games, enough for first-year head coach Suzanne Isidor to take stock of her team, both on an individual and group level, and assess where the team’s focus can be. Fortunately, the former Penn State standout has an optimal team to work with.

“This group really is a pleasure to coach, and I can’t ask more from them,” said Isidor. “They come to practice, they work hard, they challenge each other and they listen. They are very coachable.”

A major point of emphasis during the first third of the season was the offense, which struggled early in the year. The Aggies shot just .286 (14-for-49) in their first two games, with junior Taylor Cuenin and sophomore Amanda Outcalt accounting for 10 of those goals. 

However, the attack turned a corner in its most recent visit from Harvard: a .700 shooting average, with six players enjoying multi-goal or multi-assist games. Cuenin led with four goals, later earning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Offensive Player of the Week accolades. Senior Kate Fellner set a career high of six total points (2 goals, 4 assists), while Shannon Cross recorded her sixth career hat trick. Outcalt (2-2-4) and fellow sophomores Sorana Larson (2-0-2) and Maddie Myers (1-3-4) also contributed into the offensive onslaught.

“Each one of our attackers has shown what they can do, and on any given day, we know that any of them can have a big game,” said Isidor. “In this last game, Maddie Myers really played a great game, the first of many for her. She did a great job contributing all over the field. Shannon Cross had a big game against Harvard and Kate Fellner has done a lot for us. We’re pretty well-rounded.”

UC Davis will need versatile contributions from throughout its roster in the upcoming contest against Robert Morris, a team with a 2-4 record and a few thrilling contests in the book. The Colonials will face the Aggies coming off a 12-7 loss at Cal on Monday, and a 9-7 setback against George Washington on Saturday. Like UC Davis, RMU has a balanced attack: Meghan Crouse paces the offense with eight goals, with Sophia Eureka (7), Clio Kerr (7) and Dana Davis (6) giving chase for the team lead.

“I think this is going to be a great game,” said Isidor. “They’ve had a lot of close games, some they’ve won and some they haven’t. They’re a feisty, relentless and skilled team that always makes a coach nervous. You know they are not going to give up. They also have a well-rounded team with a lot of weapons, and they’re well-coached. We know we have to bring our ‘A’ game.”

Thursday’s game begins at 6 p.m. Links to live coverage are above.

Suzanne Isidor was selected as the honorary assistant coach for the UC Davis gymnastics team in last Friday’s home dual meet with Air Force... The Aggie gymnasts set two school records and tied a third in that meet... Junior midfielder Taylor Cuenin notched three more caused turnovers against Harvard, bringing her career total to 76... She needs nine more to pass up former assistant Molly Peterson for third on the school career list... Freshman defender Ally Deremer picked up three ground balls in the last game, putting her in a tie with San Diego State’s Jill Haight for the conference lead in that category... This will be the fifth meeting between UC Davis and RMU... The Aggies dominated the Colonials by a combined score of 38-5 in the first two meetings (when UC Davis was Div. II) but the two teams have split their two previous showdowns (RMU, 13-8, in 2009; UC Davis, 15-7, in 2014).

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