UC Davis Closes Lacrosse Season With Stanford

Hannah Mirza broke Megan O'Connor's school career record for draw controls. She enters her career finale with 165.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

April 23, 2013

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Thursday, April 25 - STANFORD, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 19 - SAN DIEGO STATE (W, 19-12)
Sunday, April 21 - OREGON (L, 8-15)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (5-9, 2-5) split its weekend slate, shooting a school-record .704 in Friday's 19-12 win over San Diego State then slipping to just .296 shooting in Sunday's 15-8 loss to Oregon... The old record for shooting percentage had been a 21-for-30 (.700) effort against the Claremont club team in 2000... In the Division I era, the previous high was .677 (21-for-31) against Saint Mary's back in 2010... Senior midfielder Hannah Mirza shot a perfect 5-for-5 with three ground balls and two draw controls while senior attacker Elizabeth Datino added four goals, including 3-for-4 on eight-meter chances... Sophomore Meghan Jordan posted a career-high six assists, tied for second in school history (Datino set the Aggie benchmark of 8 in last year's season finale against Saint Mary's)... Senior Stephanie Guercio was a bright spot in Sunday's setback to the Ducks... She posted a 2-2-4 offensive chart with team highs of four draw controls and six ground balls.

UP NEXT: The Aggies host Stanford for their 2013 season finale, having been eliminated from the hunt for an MPSF tournament berth... UC Davis will also honor its five seniors on Thursday: Datino, Mirza, attacker Anna Geissbuhler, midfielder Stephanie Guercio and defender Tess Alekna.

SENIOR NIGHT: Player-for-player, this is among the most statistically accomplished senior classes in program history... The five players have compiled 220 starts and 382 goals... Datino moved into second on the school's career goals leaders with 144 while her 95 assists stands as the Aggie record... She is also the second player in program history to amass 200 career points (239)... Mirza passed Megan O'Connor for the school record for career draw controls with 165 last weekend, and jumped ahead of Hall of Famer Allison Stonebarger into fourth all-time with 134 goals... Mirza and Geissbuhler will become the fourth and fifth players in program history to shoot better than .500 for a career (among those with 30-plus goals)... Geissbuhler will also finish seventh in career assists, having moved past Molly Lapolla this year... Guercio has been a full-time starter for two seasons, boasting a .492 shooting percentage (29-for-59) in that span... Alekna became a starting low defender as a junior, leading the Aggies with 26 ground balls that year... She has 16 GBs and five steals this season.

STANFORD (10-4, 5-1) moved up one click to No. 14 in the national coaches poll, thanks to conference wins over Oregon (15-8) and San Diego State (23-16) last week... Rachel Ozer won MPSF Offensive Player of the Week, totaling eight goals and three assists in the two victories... She leads the Cardinal in goals (39), assists (18) and total points (57)... Lucy Dikeou was the conference's Rookie of the Week, thanks to a hat trick and a steal against SDSU on Sunday... Defender Megan Lerner picked up a school-record nine draw controls against the Aztecs.

On Friday's win: "The team was just on. They were finding the net - it was something to watch. That was definitely the best we've played this season. It was great to get a quality win, not just a win against a team that we're supposed to beat, but against a team that was ranked higher than us in the conference standings. They had some quality wins themselves. Defensively, we gave Jordan [Majka] a shot and Kai [Murphy] came in and was consistent for us. We gave up two goals in the second half and had some nice long sets on defense. Offensively, we had good chemistry out there and the team was finally making good decisions. They were pretty much unstoppable in front of the net."

On the Oregon loss: "I feel as though we were making clerical errors. The small stuff wasn't working for us. We'd get the stop but we'd make a silly turnover. On offense, we'd get a wide-open opportunity then shoot right on her stick. We talked about taking care of the ball in transition and expecting some pressure. That part was frustrating. We were often in the right place at the right time - we took 27 shots - but we only had four saves and their goalie made our attack look silly. A lot of little things weren't going our way."

On Stanford/Senior Night: "We don't have the conference tournament as a motivator but if you look at the flip side, we've got nothing to lose. We're not playing for an extra goal except to do our best in these 60 minutes. We have to cherish these 60 minutes as the last we'll get to play with this group of players, regardless if we win or lose. I think it will be a special night. I told the team that this is our conference championship. We get to play a quality team for the last game of our season. It will mean something to us, and I expect to play our best lacrosse yet."