UC Davis Lacrosse Resumes MPSF Play In Denver

April 2, 2013

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Sunday, April 7 - at Denver, 1:30 p.m. PDT

Monday, Mar. 25 - at Howard (W, 23-6)
Wednesday, Mar. 27 - at Navy (L, 11-19)
Saturday, Mar. 30 - at Drexel (L, 7-9)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (3-7, 0-3) went 1-2 on its Spring Break team, although facing the toughest back-to-back combination of opponents thus far this season... After pounding Howard by a 23-6 final, the Aggies battled Navy and Drexel, respectively 16th and 12th in Tuesday's RPI at LaxPower.com... Senior Elizabeth Datino garnered MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honors, totaling 13 goals with four assists in the three games... She posted a career-high seven at Howard then scored hat tricks each against the Mids and Dragons... UC Davis rallied to within deficits of 5-3 and 8-5 early on before Navy pulled way in the middle third of the contest... The Aggies held a 5-3 lead late in the first half before a Drexel goal at :08 ignited what became a 6-2 Dragon finish... Sophomore goalkeeper Kai Murphy enjoyed perhaps her best game to date, talling eight saves (six in the 5-4 first half)... Senior Hannah Mirza scored a hat trick with six draw controls, an assist and caused turnovers against the No. 18 Mids... Freshman midfielder Mary Doyle netted a career-high two goals to go with three draw controls... She ranks second on the Aggies in the latter category with 27, behind Mirza's 38.

UP NEXT: UC Davis returns to conference play in Sunday's matchup against Denver, which entered the IWLCA rankings at No. 20... The Pioneers had received votes for the previous for weeks, thanks to early season wins over Vanderbilt and Louisville.

HOMETOWN INTEREST: Denver's Barton Lacrosse Stadium sits a mere seven miles north of Datino's alma mater of Littleton High School... Oddly, this will be the first game for the all-region honoree since her freshman year: UC Davis hosted the Pioneers in each of the 2011 and 2012 seasons... Datino played three games at Barton in 2010, the road contest plus two MPSF tournament matchups.

DENVER (11-1, 3-0) swept a conference road trip with a 13-9 win at San Diego State and a 16-11 victory at USC over the weekend... Freshman Rachael McKinnon earned MPSF Rookie of the Week accolades, scoring five goals and an assist in the two games... Sophomore attacker Jill Remenapp, who shared last year's MPSF Newcomer of the Year award with UC Davis' Elizabeth Landry, leads the Pioneers with 22 goals and an NCAA-leading 42 assists... Also contributing to DU's 14.67 offensive average is Kara Secora (34), Jenn Etzel (29) and Rachael Dillon (28)... The Pioneers also lead the nation in caused turnovers, thanks to senior defender Kate Henrich, who has posted 39 steals, 40 ground balls and 35 draw controls... Before hosting the Aggies, Denver takes on Stanford, which moved from 13th to 10th in Monday's national poll.

"Looking back on the trip, it was a great experience. We represented UC Davis lacrosse well. I was proud of the team for their efforts. Playing teams of that caliber and being in those games will prepare us for coming back to face our toughest MPSF opponents. There's something about timing that you have to understand as a coach. I've been telling the team for two weeks that we are about to turn that corner. The Drexel game helped prove to our players and helped them understand that they belonged.

"Denver is our first MPSF opponent coming back to the West Coast. They're at the top of the conference right now, having a really strong season. I think playing against Drexel and playing that tight shows our players that we can compete with a team like Denver. Drexel was a team who right before us had lost to Penn State in the last 30 seconds. Then on the day we played Drexel, Penn State beat Florida. So anything can happen on any given day. We're competing against teams that play at the highest level."

GONNA FLY NOW: The UC Davis women's lacrosse team gathers on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, perhaps best known to sports fans for its use in the film Rocky. (Photo courtesy of Kate Henwood)