Lacrosse Hosts Stanford In Key MPSF Matchup

UC Davis will honor its lone senior, defender Laura Sunday, during Saturday's MPSF game with Fresno State.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

April 17, 2012

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Wednesday, Apr. 18 - STANFORD, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 21 - FRESNO STATE, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Apr. 24 - SAINT MARY'S 3 p.m.

Sunday, Apr. 15 - DENVER (L, 12-20)

LAST WEEK: UC Davis (5-8, 2-3) lost in its only contest of the week, dropping an MPSF game to Denver by a 20-12 final... The Aggies fell behind by a 6-3 deficit in the first 20 minutes, shot 6-for-6 during a 10-minute stretch (across the halftime break) to tie the contest at 9-9, but surrendered 11 goals in the final 25 minutes to fall to the conference front-runner... Freshman Elizabeth Landry netted three goals with an assist and a game-high eight draw controls... Junior Elizabeth Datino scored her 10th hat trick of the year...

STATISTICAL TRENDS: UC Davis went from holding teams to 41-for-117 (.350) shooting in the four games from Mar. 19-29 to allowing 51-for-99 (.515) in the three MPSF games in April... The strength of schedule and depleted defensive corps has been the key factors... The Aggies have also 42-to-50 deficit in draw controls during the past three contests... In contrast, they outdrew opponents by a 121-93 margin during the first seven games... On the other hand, UC Davis has held down its turnovers to 38 in the past three games, a large improvement to the giveaway totals of 22 and 17 suffered at Holy Cross and Bryant in late March.

STATISTICAL LEADERS: The Aggies remain in the NCAA top 10 in both caused turnovers (9th, 9.31) and ground balls (6th, 15.38)... They held No. 11 in ground balls (18.15) and fell out of the top 10 in points (12th, 278)... Individually, Datino ranks 2nd in points per game (5.92) and 6th in assists per game (2.62)... She leads the MPSF in both categories... Landry ranks 8th nationally, 1st in the conference with 5.00 draws per game.

UP NEXT: UC Davis closes out the regular season with three home games in seven days... Wednesday's night game against Stanford and Saturday's afternoon matchup with Fresno State count as part of the MPSF slate, while the Saint Mary's home finale on April 24 is a non-league affair... Admission is free for all games.

SENIOR DAY: Although Tuesday's game with Saint Mary's is the actual home finale, Saturday's Picnic Day game with Fresno State will serve as Senior Day... The Aggies will honor defender Laura Sunday, who has started seven games this year... Sunday, a two-time MPSF All-Academic honoree, also serves as an officer for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

STANFORD (4-8, 2-2) and UC Davis are two of three teams (along with Cal) still contending for the fourth seed in the four-team MPSF tournament, giving Wednesday's game particular gravity... The Cardinal captured a 17-11 victory over San Diego State on Sunday, taking a half-game lead on the Aggies for fourth place... Emily Newstrom and Anna Kim each netted four goals in the victory... Senior Emilie Boeri leads the Cardinal with 27 goals and 18 assists while sister Anna ranks second with 28 points (18 goals, 10 assists)...

FRESNO STATE (2-9, 0-5), which picked up its first-ever program victory against Long Island in mid-March, has lost six straight since an 18-8 win over Central Connecticut... Junior attacker Briana Hetherington leads the Bulldogs with 14 goals while sophomore Kara Concheck is close behind with 12... SAINT MARY'S (2-10, 0-5) has engaged in a few close battles since losing its MPSF matchup to UC Davis on Feb. 23: four one-goal games and a fifth decided by two... Mostly recently, the Gaels lost a 16-8 conference tilt to Oregon on Sunday... Amanda Cross, who leads SMC with 35 goals, scored four against the Ducks.

"Clearly, Stanford is a big game. We need to play the full 60 minutes. We've been close several times this season but haven't quite accomplished it. But that's our goal. Let's win the game by playing good offense, transition and defense for a full 60 minutes."

"Denver is a very good team. Their players are very quick and it didn't help that we had some injuries. That being said, we battle in every game. We had couple of miscues and they were able to take advantage of it, whereas when they had miscues, we weren't able to take advantage. We still had our shots and a couple of opportunities for goals to climb back in, but it didn't quite happen. We need to make the most of our opportunities."