UC Davis Lacrosse Hosts LIU In Home Opener

With 20 goals and 12 assists, junior Elizabeth Datino shares the NCAA Division I lead for total points with 32.<br>(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
With 20 goals and 12 assists, junior Elizabeth Datino shares the NCAA Division I lead for total points with 32.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

March 7, 2012

03.07.12 Weekly Release

Sunday, Mar. 11 - LONG ISLAND, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 29 - at High Point (L, 14-22)
Friday, Mar. 1 - at Davidson (L, 10-15)
Sunday, Mar. 3 - at Virginia Tech (L, 14-18)

LAST WEEK: UC Davis scored 38 goals in three games but ultimately fell to three first-time opponents in its first road trip of the year... Junior Elizabeth Datino scored 10 goals with five assists for 15 points for the week, including a 5-2-7 line at High Point... Freshman Allie Lehner posted her first collegiate hat trick at Davidson, scoring three goals with an assist... Another freshman, Elizabeth Landry, also had a 3-1-4 line two days later at Virginia Tech... Datino and Landry are 1-2 among Aggie scoring leaders with 20 and 10, respectively... Landry paces the team in ground balls (13) and draw controls (21)... Anna Geissbuhler led the Aggies with a four-goal performance against the Hokies.

BY THE NUMBERS: UC Davis shot just .303 at Davidson (10-for-33) but rebounded to a .609 clip against Virginia Tech, the program's highest since connecting at a .656 rate vs. Liberty back on March 22, 2010... The Aggies also saw marked improvement in turnovers (22 to 15) and transition percentage (13-for-20 to 10-for-10 in clear attempts) from the March 1 to March 3 games... Opponents shot 55-for-95 (.588) in the Aggies' three losses after hitting 20-for-51 (.392) in the two victories...

RANKINGS: Datino shares the national lead with UMass' Katie Ferris with 32 total points... She sits fourth in goals (20), T5th in assists (12)... Freshman Charlotte Morris is T18th in total assists (8) while Landry is T23rd in draw controls (21)... UC Davis ranks sixth nationally in draw controls at 16.80 per game, helped somewhat by the 147 total goals... For comparison, the Aggies led all of NCAA Division I with 16.0 per game in 2011.



UP NEXT: After five straight road games to start the year, UC Davis finally comes home to host Long Island in a Sunday afternoon matchup... The Aggies are 4-0 all-time against the Blackbirds, including a 22-11 shootout during last year's Spring Break trip... Game time is 1 p.m. from Aggie Stadium... Admission for all home lacrosse games is free.

LONG ISLAND (0-3) nearly rallied back from a 14-9 deficit against Manhattan on Saturday but fell just shy in a 14-13 setback... Freshman Brittany Rader, sophomore Ashley Delaney and sophomore Shakoya Smith each had three goals for the Blackbirds, who host Liberty on Thursday before making the trip out west... Smith leads LIU with seven goals while Caroline Kaplan has a team-high 11 ground balls... UC Davis is the first of three opponents during a week-long road trip to the Golden State: the Blackbirds will also face MPSF members Saint Mary's and Fresno State later in the week.

"We did very well with out transitions for the most part. We moved the ball well, especially in the last game against Virginia Tech. It's something we'll continue working on, just to become a bit crisper. But overall, we did a good job with that."

"Defense is another area we'll continue to work on. We have a young defense. We graduated four experienced defenders last year and this year we have a learning curve, which is to be expected. At one point, five of our defenders, including the goalie, were freshmen. They're doing a great job learning, so I only see positive things ahead as we move forward."

"The team had a great effort against Virginia Tech. We're really proud that they could end a tough three-game road trip like that, and against a tough ACC team. It really shows their resiliency and their tenacity."