April 3, 2012
Wednesday, Apr. 4 - CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Apr. 8 - at Oregon, 1 p.m.
Monday, Mar. 26 - at Holy Cross (L, 9-12)
Tuesday, Mar. 27 - at Bryant (W, 11-7)
Thursday, Mar. 29 - at Vermont (L, 13-16)
LAST WEEK: UC Davis (5-5) won one of its three contests during a four-day Spring Break road trip to New England... The Aggies fell just shy in comeback runs at Holy Cross and Vermont, while overcoming a 7-6 deficit to post a 11-7 win at Bryant... Junior Elizabeth Datino led offensively with eight goals and eight assists... Junior Hannah Mirza added a 7-3-10 line with five caused turnovers... She had hat tricks against Holy Cross and UVM... Freshman Elizabeth Landry continues to patrol the midfield, tallying seven ground balls with 16 draw controls and eight steals... She also scored six goals for the week, including four against the Catamounts... Junior Anna Geissbuhler tied Datino with eight assists for the weekend.
With UC Davis ranking among the top scoring offenses all year - the Aggies are 10th nationally at 14.7 goals per game - it's easy to overlook the defensive stat sheet... Sophomore GK Jordan Majka recorded 34 saves on the road trip, starting with a career-high 12 at Holy Cross before resetting her PR to 14 against Vermont... She also had seven ground balls for the week... Freshman Sarah Rupp had four ground balls and six CTs in the three games, nearly doubling her season totals... Furthermore, the Aggies as a team held their last three opponents to a combined .350 shooting (41-for-117)... This represents a dramatic improvement to the first six games, in which foes hit 85 of 159 (.535)... Even Long Island, which lost 24-10 to the Aggies on Mar. 11, managed to connect at a .769 clip... The goalkeeping tandem of Majka and Kai Murphy have posted 43 saves against 41 goals for a .512 average in the past four dates... In the first six games, they had 40 saves with 85 goals allowed (.320)... "I think it gives confidence to the whole team," said assistant coach Katie Leland. "She makes a save and the whole team wants to capitalize. If the defense makes a low-angle shot for Jordan to save, then the defense did its job, too.
RANKINGS: Besides scoring offense (see above), UC Davis also ranks among the national top 10 in draw controls (6th, 15.80), ground balls (5th, 19.30) and caused turnovers (6th, 10.10)... Individually, Datino has slipped to No. 2 in both points per game (6.40) and total points (64) although it appears a stat adjustment from the Virginia Tech game still has not taken effect... She remains among the top 10 in goals (6th, 3.50) and assists (5th, 2.90)... Landry ranks 8th in draw controls (5.10) and 16th in caused turnovers (1.80).
UP NEXT: UC Davis returns to MPSF play, first in a home game against California on Wednesday, then on the road at Oregon on Sunday... In fact, the trip to Eugene will be the last road game until the conference championship tournament: the Aggies host four straight home games in April.
CALIFORNIA (5-5, 2-2) also headed east for its Spring Break, suffering a 15-5 loss at Patriot League front-running Navy before turning around for a 10-6 win at Villanova... Megan Takacs and Vail Horn each had three goals while Melissa Humphrey had three assists in Saturday's victory over the Wildcats... Takacs is tied for first nationally with 40 goals in 10 games... OREGON (7-4, 2-0) split games against High Point and Davidson before grabbing a 20-10 victory over Cincinnati on neutral turf on Sunday... Shannon Propst had six goals and four assists in the wins over Davidson and Cincinnati to secure MPSF Player of the Week honors.
HEAD COACH ELAINE JONES:
"We had an opportunity to win against Vermont. We came back from four goals down four different times. I think that shows our competitiveness and tenacity. We had the opportunity to at least tie and even win with under five minutes to go, but the ball didn't bounce our way. This team wouldn't quit, they went hard all the way to the end."
"We didn't play our best game at Holy Cross. We let the weather affect us. It was windy and cold and we let it affect us. The players were determined not to let that happen for the rest of the trip. Vermont was snowy and cold, but they battled through it. They learned from the Holy Cross game."
On the upcoming games: "We want to continue winning the 50-50s, the ground balls and the draw controls. We want to finish our shots, and to play disciplined and composed for all 60 minutes."