April 17, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -- Following road action at Oregon and No. 13 Stanford earlier in the week, UC Davis women's lacrosse heads into its literal final home stretch of the 2014 season, beginning with Friday's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matchup with Fresno State.
The contest has also been designated as Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Day, for the organization that improves the quality of life for children and families battling pediatric brain tumors. The FOJ is named for Jaclyn Murphy, who was befriended the (then) new Northwestern women's lacrosse soon after being diagnosed with the medulloblastoma at the age of nine. The Wildcats won the first of what would be seven consecutive NCAA championships, a story that later earned headlines via HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.
The Aggie womens' gymnastics team "adopted" young Alyssa Kalb in early February, joining hundreds of teams in 31 different collegiate and high school sports to take part in the FOJ program. Former UC Davis football player Austin Heyworth facilitated the adoption on behalf of the California Assembly Speaker's office. Dennis Murphy, Jaclyn's father, was present for the ceremony.
UC Davis women's lacrosse has joined a wait list to adopt a child. The team members have also joined the fundraising campaign for the FOJ. For information on donating via the Aggie program, fans may visit http://www.stayclassy.org/davis/events/uc-davis-foj-day/e30324. The full story on Aggie gymnastics' adoption is available at http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/w-gym/spec-rel/020614aaa.html.
The Aggies' upcoming game with the Bulldogs comes off two road conference losses, dropping the team's MPSF record to 1-6. They fell into a 7-2 hole at halftime against Oregon before holding the host Ducks to a single goal after the break. At Stanford on Tuesday, UC Davis surrendered a 6-1 deficit within the first five minutes, and an 8-1 edge through 11 minutes, before eventually fighting back to within a 10-5 margin. However, the Cardinal scored seven unanswered in running away with the victory.
Junior Elizabeth Landry and senior Carly Voris each totaled three goals for the week. Sophomore Mary Doyle added two goals and two caused turnovers at Stanford. Overall, the Aggies improved from 17 turnovers on Sunday to a season-low 10 miscues on Tuesday. Landry leads UC Davis in goals (36), assists (14), total points (50) and draw controls (51) while Doyle leads the way in ground balls (32) and steals (20).
FRESNO STATE (2-10, 1-6) ended a nine-game losing skid with a 16-12 Senior Night victory against Saint Mary's on April 10, then fell by an 11-7 final to California on Tuesday. Sophomore Anjelica Fuccillo led the Bulldogs with eight goals in the two games while senior Kara Concheck followed with seven. Concheck's 24 goals for the year raises her career total to 68. She became FSU's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Amanda Cross (who transferred to Saint Mary's after her sophomore year).
First draw of the Aggies-Bulldogs matchup is 4 p.m. at Aggie Stadium. Admission is free.
QUICK STICKS: Junior Elizabeth Landry's season total of 51 draw controls ties former teammate Hannah Mirza's 2013 sum for fifth in school history... Her career total of 155 brings her within striking range of Megan O'Connor (163 from 2004-07) for second, and an outside shot to catch Mirza (170, 2010-13) for the Aggie benchmark... Landry also has 98 career goals, 10th in school history... She looks to become the ninth Aggie to reach the century mark... The UC Davis players signed up on FOJ page as fundraisers... Although the campaign officially ends Thursday night, the clubhouse leader is senior goalkeeper Jordan Majka, who nearly tripled her goal of $250 raised... Juniors Allie Lehner and Meghan Jordan and sophomore Sam Axenroth also rank among team leaders.