March 21, 2013
Monday, Mar. 25 - at Howard, Noon PDT
Wednesday, Mar. 27 - at Navy, 1 p.m. PDT
Saturday, Mar. 30 - at Drexel, 1:30 p.m. PDT
Tuesday, Mar. 12 - VIRGINIA TECH (L, 7-16)
Friday, Mar. 15 - IONA (W, 14-10)
TO RECAP: UC Davis (2-5, 0-3) ended a four-game losing skid with a 14-10 win over Iona before breaking for finals week... The Aggies lost to ACC member Virginia Tech earlier in the week... Freshman Ellie Delich was a bright spot offensively against Tech, shooting 4-for-4 with a pair of draw controls... Senior Hannah Mirza netted a season-best five goals in the win over the Gaels... Sophomore Meghan Jordan totaled a game-high four assists while defender Sara Quero picked up eight ground balls, the most by any UC Davis player since current volunteer assistant coach Hilary Harkins picked up that many against Saint Mary's on Apr. 20, 2008... Jordan now matches Elizabeth Datino for the Aggies' assists lead (13) while Quero's Friday performance doubled her season total to a team-high 16.
UP NEXT: The Aggies will engage in limited practices during finals week, which concludes on Saturday... The team then makes its second East Coast trip, this time around the Delmarva peninsula... UC Davis takes on Howard (Mar. 25) and Navy (Mar. 27) before heading north to face Drexel (Mar. 30).
HOMETOWN INTEREST: With more than half the Aggie roster hailing from outside California, the cross-country road trips represent rare opportunities for several players to compete near family and hometown friends... Closest to home will be sophomore defender Colleen McGee of Annapolis, Md., whose high school (St. Mary's) is roughly two miles away from the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium... Saturday's game at Drexel will take place roughly an hour from Doylestown, Pa., where freshman Sam Axenroth calls home... Of course, Drexel's Vidas Athletic Complex is a mere 20 miles from Garnet Valley High School, the alma mater and last coaching stop for first-year head coach Kate Henwood.
HOWARD (1-8) picked up its first win last Friday, taking down Delaware State in a 17-4 drubbing... The Bison lost to Manhattan, 17-8, two days later... Junior Cynthia Smalls led Howard with five goals in each of the last two games, while midfielder Courtland Lackey paces the team with 18 goals for the year... 18th-ranked NAVY (9-1) mostly recently scored a 9-6 win at George Washington on Wednesday, extending its win streak to three... The Mids' only loss was a 15-12 setback against No. 4 Northwestern on March 11... Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo, the Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, has lived up to that billing with 33 goals and 32 assists thus far... She entered the week ranked 2nd nationally in points per game (6.5 ppg), but Wednesday's game pushed her past Maryland's Alex Aust for the NCAA perch... Note: UC Davis' own Datino led all Division I players in this very category in 2012... DREXEL (6-2) dropped a 9-8 thriller to Louisville (now 20th-ranked) on Sunday... The Dragons came back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 6-5 halftime lead, only to surrender a 4-1 run in the first 20 minutes of the second period... Senior midfielder Kelli Joran leads Drexel with 21 goals while senior attacker Alyse Maiden has 14 goals with 11 assists... The Dragons have stifled opponents to 7.9 ppg.
HEAD COACH KATE HENWOOD:
"Consistency has been a big problem for us, whether it's having our attack and our defense play well at the same time, or having our entire team play well for 20 minutes then letting down for 10. The Iona game was an ugly win, and it didn't feel like a win. It wasn't something we really celebrated because we were dissatisfied with the way we played. I had someone say that an ugly win is better than a pretty loss, but I can't help but disagree with that. We're at a point in our program where we are trying to put together lessons on the field in a consistent way. That's what I'm looking for. We want to play well offensively and defensively for 60 minutes, and to walk off the field proud of our effort. If we do that, the win-loss column will fix itself."
"This is an important week coming up. We have three nonconference games that will be really good experiences for us. They hopefully will help us grow as a team, and allow us to tweak some of the things we need to fix, so that we can come back to California and be prepared and battle-tested from playing these East Coast teams. Howard is more up-and-coming with a new coach. We have to show up and play our game. Navy and Drexel are really solid programs. If we can prove to ourselves that we can go the distance with them, we'll be in a good situation confidence-wise when we come back to finish our MPSF games."