April 23, 2007
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Apr. 24 - STANFORD, 4 p.m.
Apr. 28 - Saint Mary's, 1 p.m.
Idle since April 15.
TO RECAP: The 7-7 Aggies had a week off from competition after splitting a pair of road games in Ohio on April 13-15... Meanwhile, the MPSF race gained greater clarity as the MPSF Championships (May 4-6 at UC Davis) approach... Denver clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament after defeating Oregon, 20-6... The Pioneers will finish either 5-0 or 4-1 in conference, depending on their outcome against Cal on Saturday... The Ducks completed the MPSF circuit at 4-1, thus locking up the No. 2 seed... Stanford has secured the No. 3 seed, thanks to its 11-8 win over Cal last Saturday... Cal (1-2), Saint Mary's (0-3) and UC Davis (0-3) will battle for the remaining three seeds... If the Golden Bears defend their home field against SMC on Tuesday, Friday's Aggie-Gael matchup will determine the No. 5 and 6 seeds.
Senior Megan O'Connor paces UC Davis in goals (34), assists (21), points (55), total shots (85), ground balls (50) and caused turnovers (25)... She needs eight assists to tie Kelly Albin's 2004 school record and six ground balls from breaking her own mark of 55, set last season... At 3.57 per game, O'Connor has climbed to 4th on the D-I leaderboard, not far behind national leader Jacqui Ricca (3.81 pg)... Sophomore Patrice Clark (27) and junior Katie McGovern (24) hold the next two spots on the team's goals leaderboard, while freshmen Olivia Jarem (19) and Molly Lapolla (15) are fourth and fifth.
UP NEXT: The Aggies host defending MPSF champ Stanford on Tuesday... The team will honor seniors O'Connor, Jen Sanderson and Alden Monger, although all three will play at least two more home games during the conference tournament.
Stanford (5-7) pulled away from a 4-4 tie to post an 11-8 win over Cal to secure the conference No. 3 seed... Daphne Patterson, Lauren Schmidt, Megan McClain and Dana Lindsay each scored two goals to lead the Cardinal... Stanford, incidentally, is the alma mater of current assistant coach Nina Pantano... A four-year Cardinal starter, Pantano scored 107 career goals and earned MVP honors at the inaugural MPSF tournament in 2003.
The Gaels have been idle since dropping a 15-7 home conference game to Oregon on April 15... Saturday's game in Moraga will be the second matchup between the two teams: UC Davis topped the Gaels, 17-5, in the historic April 1 Aggie Stadium opener... Senior midfielder Jackie Spencer leads SMC with 24 goals, while sophomore P.J. Hainley has 20 goals and 11 assists.
HEAD COACH ELAINE JONES:
"Saint Mary's is a must-win for us because it will determine our seed at conference. If we lose to them, even if we beat Stanford on Tuesday, we're the No. 6. So that's a big game for us. And just because we beat Saint Mary's the first time, it's not a given that it will be easy the second time. We definitely have to prepare for a tough game against them at their place."
"I think the longer break helped. Having time off gives a team a chance to rejuvenate. We have a smaller roster, so it's good to have some time off. We had a couple of days off after the last trip."
"We have two conference games and we'd like to win them both. It's down to the end of the season. We want to end the season on a high note and get some momentum heading into the MPSF Championships. Plus, Tuesday is Senior Day. We have three seniors who have given so much this season, and we'd like to send them out with a win against Stanford, then finish the regular season with a win over Saint Mary's."