April 15, 2008
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Friday, April 18 - at Denver, 1 p.m. PDT
Sunday, April 20 - SAINT MARY'S, 1 p.m. PDT
Saturday, April 12 - at Cincinnati (W, 12-11)
Monday, April 14 - at Louisville (L, 13-20)
TO RECAP: The Aggies split road games to move to 5-9 overall, beating Cincinnati on Saturday, then falling to rookie sensation Louisville on Monday... Senior midfielder Katie McGovern scored four goals in Saturday's win over the Bearcats, including the game-winner in the final seconds of play... Adding three goals against the Cardinals, she brings her season total to 32 and her career total to 103... McGovern is now the fourth Aggie in school history to surpass the century mark, and needs just two more to pass Megan O'Connor for third place on the school's career scoring list... Freshman Jacklyn Taylor scored four goals in Monday's setback to U of L, her second hat trick of the year... Her previous best was a three-goal performance against Mount St. Mary's on February 27... Senior Hilary Harkins had a season-best 14 saves in Saturday's win at Cincinnati... She also allowed 11 goals in that game for a .560 save average, another high for the year...
RANKINGS: Not counting Monday's game, senior Katie McMahon is T18th nationally in total points (60), 16th in points per game (4.62), 7th in goals per game (3.69) and T7th in caused turnovers (2.00)... Harkins is T27th in both total saves (118) and saves per game (9.08)... The MPSF leaderboard includes Monday's output, putting McMahon well atop the goals list (50 goals, 3.57 per game) and second in points (4.57 ppg).
UP NEXT: UC Davis returns to conference play to conclude its regular season, first in a road game at 20th-ranked Denver on Friday, then at home against Saint Mary's on Sunday... The team will honor its seven seniors prior to Sunday's contest: McGovern, McMahon, Harkins, Tarryn Furr, Ranessa Santos, Melissa Mahoney and Megan Miller.
DENVER (8-5, 1-0) slipped two spots from No. 18 in Tuesday's IWLCA/Under Armour national poll despite a 13-9 win over George Washington on Sunday... Last year's MPSF Freshman of the Year Ali Flury ranks second in the conference (behind McMahon) at 2.77 goals per game, while junior Steph Coyne is first in the MPSF and third nationally with 38 assists... The Pioneers play nothing but conference games during the upcoming two weeks, having beaten Oregon, 13-12, in their only league tilt.
SAINT MARY'S (2-12, 0-3) have lost three straight games, all to conference opponents, by a combined score of 55-7.... Most recently, the Gaels fell in a 20-3 loss to Oregon on April 13... Junior P.J. Hainley leads SMC with 17 goals while ranking fourth in conference with 1.73 caused turnovers per game.
HEAD COACH ELAINE JONES:
"One thing I liked against Cincinnati was that we were down by three goals and yet we battled back. Katie McGovern scored that goal with six seconds left, and it was a great drive. It won the game. That tells me we have a lot of mental toughness, and we've shown that a lot this year."
"Our freshmen are definitely understanding that they need to take a more active role on the team. We had a couple chats with them and it fired them up to get out there and be more aggressive and competitive. It shows in their play. Are they still learning? Of course they are. But I think it's a good experience to face against good competition. It will only make them better players. Jacklyn [Taylor] and Gina [Hoffmire] really responded. So did Corsa before she got injured. Rachael Martinez face-guarded Louisville's best player. She had never done that in a game before, yet she accepted the challenge and did an excellent job. The freshmen are really stepping up. The other teams know that they can't just worry about Nos. 24 and 14 when they play us."
"Injuries and sickness have had an adverse effect on our season because we haven't been able to establish a good rhythm and flow. We haven't had a lot of injuries, we've just have had different people at different times. But I think everyone has remained positive and excited for every game. Our practices always go very well and the team is intense and hard-working. They're always prepared for the next game."
"Our main goal, as always, will be to play hard for the full 60 minutes. We had a little lapse in the Louisville game where the other team went on a run. We have to make sure that doesn't happen against Denver."