Aggies Prep For Road Trip Amidst Final Exams

Goalkeepers Jordan Majka (above) and Kai Murphy combined for nine saves against just six goals allowed in Monday's win over Central Connecticut.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

March 20, 2012

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Monday, Mar. 26 - at Holy Cross, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Mar. 27 - at Bryant, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Mar. 29 - at Vermont, Noon

Sunday, Mar. 19 - CENTRAL CONNECTICUT (W, 18-6)

LAST WEEK: UC Davis (4-3) overcame a relatively slow start in an 18-6 win over Central Connecticut in its last contest before breaking for final examinations... The Aggies hit just 2-for-11 during the first 22 minutes of the contest before junior Elizabeth Datino posted three goals and two assists in a 6-0 run to close out the half... Datino posted six assists with four goals for 10 total points, tying the school single-game assists record previously set by Katie McGovern and Christina Corsa... Junior Hannah Mirza led all players with a season-high five goals while freshmen Charlotte Morris and Elizabeth Landry each netted three... As a team, UC Davis shot .529 (18-for-34), which translates to 16-for-23 (.696) in the final 38 minutes... In fact, the Aggies have hit 56 of 100 in the past three games.

Goalkeepers Jordan Majka and Kai Murphy combined for their best game of the year, recording nine saves against just six goals allowed for a .600 save average... Majka also had three ground balls and a caused turnover before handing over netminding chores to Murphy in the 48th minute.

RANKINGS: UC Davis ranked T3rd nationally in scoring offense heading into Monday's game at 16.0 goals per game... The Aggies also led all NCAA Div. I teams in draw controls (18.17), although posting "only" 12 vs. CCSU will lower the average for next week's report... Individually, Elizabeth Datino led the nation in points per game (6.33), with her 10 against the Blue Devils serving to raise her average for the March 26 leaderboard... She is the only player who ranks among the national top 10 in both goals per game (5th) and assists per game (T10th)... Landry checked in at No. 6 among draw control leaders at 5.50 per game.

UP NEXT: The Aggies head to New England for their second three-game road trip of the year... This is the fifth all-time meeting with Holy Cross and the third with Vermont, yet UC Davis has never played at either campus... The Aggies hosted UVM in 2006 and 2009, and the Cross in 1999, 2003 and 2008... The fourth meeting with the Crusaders took place on neutral turf - a road game at Loyola Marymount in 1998.

HOLY CROSS (4-4) picked up a 15-12 win over Sacred Heart on Sunday, ending a three-game homestand... Sara Hennessey scored a career-high six goals with five draw controls and three caused turnovers in the victory... Taylor Debrowski leads the Crusaders with 20 goals and eight assists... Holy Cross will take on Colgate in a Patriot League game two days before hosting the Aggies... BRYANT (1-5) notched its first win on Wednesday, exploding for a season-high goals in a 17-8 win over Presbyterian... The Bulldogs lost a 9-8 overtime heartbreaker three days later at Siena... Haley Bloom and Lauren Sheridan each have a team-high 12 goals in six games while GK Lauren Fillippone has 71 saves and 23 ground balls... At 23rd, VERMONT (5-2) owns the highest RPI of any UC Davis opponent thus far, thanks to dominating wins early in the year and a near miss vs. No. 17 UMass on March 10... Allison Pfohl and Sydney Mas each tallied four goals while Samantha Stern had five assists to lead the Catamounts to a 14-11 triumph over Columbia on Saturday... Stern has 20 assists in the first seven games, placing her 4th among all Div. I players.

"I thought we were a little flat coming out. With exam week coming up, I thought maybe the minds were on finals - it was the day before. I noted it during warmup and hoped they would snap out of it. But I was pleased that they were able to find their stride."

"After the LIU game, I knew we had some defensive things to work on. We spent all last week working on our defense and I think it showed. The team was much more in sync with each other from that standpoint. Then Kai and Jordan made good saves, which was really positive. They both had really good games."

"This trip is similar to our first East Coast trip. We have two back-to-back games. We went 0-3 in our last trip, so we need to change that. But I also think we're a different team than we were on that last trip. We're looking to continue our scoring output and continue playing better all over the field. We need to clean up and cut down on our unforced errors."