Lacrosse Hosts Aztecs, Ducks This Weekend

Senior Hannah Mirza needs just three draw controls to pass Megan O'Connor for the UC Davis career record.<br>(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
Senior Hannah Mirza needs just three draw controls to pass Megan O'Connor for the UC Davis career record.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

April 16, 2013

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Friday, April 19 - SAN DIEGO STATE, 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 21 - OREGON, 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 13 - at Fresno State (W, 15-6)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (4-8, 1-4) picked up its first MPSF win, riding a 10-1 first-half lead to a 15-6 win at Fresno State... Sophomore Elizabeth Landry scored four goals, senior Hannah Mirza added three, and senior Elizabeth Datino tallied two goals with two assists... Freshman Mary Doyle continued her strong play around the center ring, picking up six draw controls... She posted exactly six in three of the last four games... Doyle has won 27 DCs in the last six after winning just 12 in her six contests of the year... As such, UC Davis outdrew opponents by a 35-14 margin during the two April games against Denver and FSU.

TALE OF TWO HALVES: The Aggies dominated the first half of play at Fresno State, outshooting the Bulldogs by a 22-7 margin and winning 11 of the 12 total draws... However, both numbers cooled after the break: FSU had more shots (12-11) and only one fewer draw control (5-6) in the second half... The scoring dip after halftime continues a recent trend... In the past four contests, UC Davis has shot 28-for-51 (.549) in the first half but just 16-for-42 (.381) in the second... This does not include the Howard game, in which the Aggies led 17-3 at halftime en route to a 23-6 win: this is more of a matter of UC Davis playing more of a clock-management mode after the break.

CAREER WATCH: With 42 draw controls for the year, Mirza has 161 for her career... She needs three to pass Megan O'Connor (2004-07) for the Aggie record... Datino brought her career goals total to 139, putting her four behind Gina Hoffmire (2008-11) for second in school history... She broke the UC Davis career assists benchmark earlier in the year... Senior Anna Geissbuhler notched her 52nd career assist on Saturday, breaking her tie with Molly Lapolla for seventh in program annals... Landry needs just four more draw controls to become the fifth Aggie to 100 in a career.

UP NEXT: The Aggies return home for three straight games to close out the regular season, starting with this weekend's action against San Diego State and Oregon... The Aztecs come to town for a 5 p.m. tilt on Friday while the Ducks visit Aggie Stadium for a Sunday noon contest... Fun fact: former UC Davis defender Megan Miller will perform the national anthem at Sunday's game, something she did for every home game during her career from 2004-08.

SAN DIEGO STATE (8-5, 3-2) has wasted no time in establishing itself in the conference, having matched the five wins from the Aztecs' 2012 rookie season a full month ago... More recently, SDSU gave chase to MPSF front-runner California, battling back from an 8-4 deficit to a 10-10 tie with less than six minutes remaining before falling by a 13-11 final... Sophomore Bailey Ewing tallied three goals while attacker Michaela Jarvis chipped in a goal and three assists... Ewing leads SDSU with 37 goals while Jarvis has a team-best 34 assists through 13 games.

OREGON (7-7, 2-3) picked off conference wins over Fresno State and Saint Mary's by a combined score of 37-17 last week... Junior attacker Shannon Propst earned MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honors, totaling 14 points in the two wins... She went 5-2-7 against Fresno State then 4-3-7 against SMC... Propst leads the Ducks for the year, with totals of 23 goals and 32 assists for 55 points entering their Friday game at Stanford.

On the FSU win: "The difference [in the two halves] was a sense of urgency. We had the momentum going in the first half. I remember wishing we could skip the halftime. We sat under that tent for 10 minutes and relaxed. It took the wind out of our sails, and we came out flat in the second half. That has been a problem for this team, and it's something we will address for this week: the last three games, we have been a first-half team."