Lacrosse Looks To Continue Upswing At Fresno State

Kai Murphy posted a career-high 13 saves in Sunday's MPSF battle at No. 20 Denver.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

April 9, 2013

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Saturday, April 13 - at Fresno State, 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 7 - at Denver (L, 11-13)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (3-8, 0-4) led 7-6 at halftime and by two goals on two different instances before falling to No. 20 Denver by a 13-11 final... This is the closest the Aggies have come to defeating an IWLCA Top 20 team in the program's Division I era... The previous tightest margin against a nationally ranked team had been a 17-14 loss to No. 13 Stanford on April 25, 2010... However, that game had a 10-2 start and 13-5 halftime lead for the Cardinal... In Sunday's loss, the Pioneers did not take the lead for good until the 55th minute.

UC Davis outdrew Denver by an 18-8 margin and shot with a substantially higher rate (.500 to .351)... Senior attacker Elizabeth Datino scored three goals for her fifth straight hat trick and ninth of the year... Sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Landry tallied exactly half of the Aggies' hat tricks... She holds the school single-game record of 12, set last year against Long Island... Freshman defender Mary Doyle tallied six draw controls, two caused turnovers and two ground balls, while matching her career high of two goals... The Orinda native has enjoyed her two best games against Top 20 competition: she previously scored two goals with three ground balls and six draw controls at No. 18 Navy... Sophomore Meghan Jordan tallied two assists to catch Datino for the team lead of 17.

UP NEXT: The Aggies continue MPSF play with a Saturday afternoon tilt at Fresno State... UC Davis looks to avenge a 12-11 overtime loss to the Bulldogs from last April... That contest remains FSU only conference victory in its brief history.

FRESNO STATE (2-9, 0-4) lost its third straight contest since picking up an 11-10 win at Manhattan during a Spring Break trip... Senior midfielder Paula Badali tied a school record with five goals against San Diego State but the remainder of the Bulldog lineup combined for 3-for-14 shooting in an 18-8 loss to San Diego State... Badali took over the team scoring lead although sophomore Marcy Levatino remains atop the FSU points race at 21 (15 goals, 6 assists).

"I certainly have mixed emotions about the Denver game. In the big picture, it shows a lot of growth. The team is getting better every single outing. But we're not satisfied with the outcome, either. We're disappointed that we had them for the entire game and let it slip out of our fingers. In the end, it came down to some crease defense and winning the important draw, and continuing to run our offense in the second half. We had four assists in the first half and none in the second. We had more turnovers in the second half. All of those little things, which come down to staying focused and sticking to our game plan, came back to bite us."

"I expect us to play better against Fresno State than we have played yet. We're on an upward slope and I expect to continue that direction this week. We need a lot of momentum going into our final conference stretch, and I hope to gain that this weekend. A four-way tie [for fourth] is still possible. We have to win out and a few other things that are out of our control have to go our way. So we just have to focus on playing our best lacrosse. We have four opportunities left with this group of players, so I know we'll make every opportunity count."