April 10, 2012
Sunday, Apr. 15 - DENVER, Noon
Wednesday, Apr. 4 - CALIFORNIA (L, 10-15)
Sunday, Apr. 8 - at Oregon (L, 13-16)
LAST WEEK: UC Davis (5-7, 2-2) evened its MPSF record with losses to Cal and Oregon... Both games featured untimely scoring runs by the opponent: Cal had separate 6-1 stretches in each half, while Oregon finished its game with six unanswered... The Aggies took a 13-10 lead early in the second half against the Ducks but shot 0-for-5 down the final stretch... Junior attacker Elizabeth Datino had two goals and two assists against the Golden Bears, three goals and two assists against the Ducks... Junior midfielder Stephanie Guercio also had five goals for the week, including her first career hat trick on Sunday at Oregon... Hannah Mirza was UC Davis' leading scorer in Eugene with four goals... She also had six draw controls, helping the Aggies win that battle by a 19-12 margin.
STAT RANKINGS: UC Davis remained in the top 10 in caused turnovers (8th, 9.50) and draw controls (6th, 15.50), but slipped to No. 11 in ground balls (18.17)... The Aggies also rank 8th nationally in total points (261) and T14th in scoring offense (14.17)... Individually, Datino is 2nd in points (6.08) behind Stony Brook's Claire Petersen (6.73)... She also ranks 6th in assists (2.75) and 13th in points (3.33)... Freshman Elizabeth Landry is tied for 12th in draw controls at 4.75, 15th in caused turnovers with 1.83 per game.
UP NEXT: UC Davis returns to Aggie Stadium to host Denver for the first of four straight home games to close out the regular season... The Pioneers lead the all-time series by a 13-3 margin; however, the two teams battled to a 15-14 overtime slugfest last season... The Aggies' last victory over DU was a 16-14 upset in the 2009 MPSF tournament... Sunday's game begins at noon, admission is free.
DENVER (9-1, 3-0) won its ninth straight game by defeating Stanford, 12-9, in MPSF play on Saturday... Mikayla Clark scored three goals while Jenn Etzel had two goals and two assists... Defender Kate Henrich tallied five ground balls, six caused turnovers and four draw controls... Etzel leads the Pioneers with 27 goals, Henrich paces all NCAA Division I players with 3.1 CTs per game... DU's only loss was a 20-5 setback at then-No. 19 Johns Hopkins to start the season... The Pioneers boast the conference's highest RPI at LaxPower.com, moving to No. 19 (UC Davis slipped to No. 64).
HEAD COACH ELAINE JONES:
"Cal was a tough matchup. I thought we were very prepared but unfortunately they had one player who we didn't match up well against. Against Oregon, we played well in the first half and partway through the second half. When we got a lead, the team lost its composure and deviated from the game plan. We had a couple slips, a lack of execution both on offense and defense."
"I was really pleased with the way they battled. Nobody quit. I feel like we're very close. The Oregon game was a sign that we're very close. I was happy we outdrew them. That was one thing we didn't do well against Cal. We're so close to getting those wins. We're proud of the effort, so now it's time to get over the hill."
"Denver is always a tough opponent. We have to keep our composure and stick to the game plan. The players know this. This is a young team. We only have four returning starters from last year. These are the things a young team has to learn. They really have done a good job since the Davidison game. That Virginia Tech game [on March 3] was definitely the starting point for our `new' team. They're really battling hard."