March 13, 2012
Sunday, Mar. 19 - CENTRAL CONNECTICUT, 3 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 11 - LONG ISLAND (W, 24-10)
LAST WEEK: UC Davis (3-3) tied a school record with 24 goals in a home-opening win over Long Island on Sunday... In fact, several records fell during the contest... The 17 goals prior to halftime set a benchmark for a period, breaking the 16 scored in the second half of last year's Saint Mary's road game... The 25 draw controls surpassed the previous record of 23, set twice last season... Freshman Elizabeth Landry picked up 12 of those DCs to shatter the previous record of nine, set by Vannessa Jamison earlier this season... Oddly, UC Davis amassed its record-tying goals total despite shooting just 0-for-3 on eight-meter chances... Helping the cause were season highs in both ground balls (28) and caused turnovers (14).
Junior Anna Geissbuhler led the Aggies with five goals and four assists for nine total points, earning MPSF Co-Player of the Week honors...Freshman Charlotte Morris was close behind with a 4-4-8 line... Landry, Elizabeth Datino and Hannah Mirza each scored hat tricks... Landry also led UC Davis with four ground balls (tying Stephanie Guercio) and three caused turnovers.
RANKINGS: Datino took over the top spot in the NCAA Division I points leaders with 38, breaking the tie she held with UMass' Katie Ferris, and in points per game (6.33)... Datino is also 5th in goals (23), 9th in goals per game (3.83), T4th in assists (15) and T9th in assists per game (2.50)... Landry jumped up to No. 9 in draw controls (5.50 per game), well ahead of the 3.87 average Mirza held to lead the MPSF and set a school record last year... The new DC rules help polarize the stat into fewer players, as only two players from each team may stand on the center circle during the draw... Team-wise, UC Davis has reclaimed the top spot in draw controls (18.17) while ranking 3rd in goals (16.00) and 6th in total points (188).
UP NEXT: UC Davis hosts Central Connecticut in a rare Monday afternoon contest before breaking for final examinations... Game time is 3 p.m. at Aggie Stadium... Admission is free.
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT (2-2) evened its 2012 record with an 11-5 win over Manhattan on Wednesday... Ashley Mara scored three goals while Betsy Vendel had two goals and four assists in the contest... The Blue Devils scored six unanswered in the first 15 minutes, never allowing the Jaspers to within fewer than four goals... A returning All-Northeast Conference honoree, Vendel leads CCSU with 16 total points (six goals, 10 assists) while Mackenzy Ryan has netted a team-best eight goals.
HEAD COACH ELAINE JONES:
"I was pleased with the number of players who got involved in the offense. We had 10 different scorers. Along with the assists, I think it was a very balanced scoring day. And I thought our transitions did well. We did a good job going after ground balls in the midfield and causing turnovers. We did all the things we said we would do well, like winning the 50/50 battles."
"We've been trying some different things in practice on defense. I think we still need to work a little more but we'll be ready for the next game."
"I'd like to see us eliminate some of our fouls. We gave up some eight-meters that we didn't need to. And I'd like to see the team continue the positive scoring output."