April 27, 2009
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Saturday, May 2 - LOUISVILLE, Noon
at MPSF Championship (Stanford, Calif.)
Thursday, Apr. 23 - vs. Denver (W, 16-14)
Friday, Apr. 24 - at Stanford (L, 3-17)
TO RECAP: UC Davis (6-11, 2-4) posted its highest Mountain Pacific Sports Federation finish since 2004, placing fourth in the seven-team league... The Aggies advanced to the semifinals thanks to a 16-14 upset of Denver, a team ranked 32nd in the www.laxpower.com College Computer Rating (similar to the Sagarin rankings)... Sophomore Jacklyn Taylor scored a career-high five goals, while junior Britt Farquharson landed four... The Aggie win ended Denver's six-game series winning streak... The previous UC Davis victory in the rivalry took place in the 2004 MPSF tournament... No. 14 Stanford tripped up the Aggies, 17-3, in Friday's semifinal on its way to the conference title.
Both Taylor and Farquharson earned all-tournament nods, mostly for their respective performances vs. Denver (although Farquharson also led UC Davis with two goals on Friday)... The five-goal game marked Taylor's first hat trick of the season, and the third for her career... Her previous best was a 4-0-4 game against Louisville, coincidentally the Aggies' upcoming opponent.
AGGIE TALK: Team co-captains Eri Ichikawa and Molly Peterson are scheduled to appear on Tuesday's edition of Aggie Talk, the weekly sports talk show on the campus station, KDVS 90.3 FM... The show, hosted by Marvin Dinozo, can be heard at 7 p.m. or in archived form at www.kdvs.org.
UP NEXT: In unusual form, UC Davis does not end its 2009 schedule with the MPSF Championship... For that matter, leaguemates Stanford and Denver also have games on the slate this week... The Aggies host Louisville, which has received votes in the April 22 IWLCA/Under Armour national poll despite playing in its second season... Saturday's game, which precedes the department-wide Aggie Auction fund-raiser, will also provide an opportunity to honor seniors Ichikawa and Patrice Clark.
LOUISVILLE (9-6, 3-4) lost to top-seeded Georgetown, 21-12, in the Big East Conference semifinal on Saturday... Sophomores Bergan Foley and Lianne Bobal each scored four goals with an assist, while Kelsey McDowell scooped up six draw controls... Foley and Emily Dashiell earned second-team All-Big East honors... Foley enters the week as the team leader in goals (49) and shots (124), while Dashielle has tallied 30 goals, eight assists and team-high totals in ground balls (41) and draw controls (42).
HEAD COACH ELAINE JONES:
"I thought Britt and Jacklyn played great all over the field and led the charge, but it was a tremendous team accomplishment in which everyone contributed. The overall effort and mental toughness the team exhibited against Denver was really amazing and definitely the best game I've ever seen them play. Both Nina and I were really proud of them."
"We're excited to have another chance to play. It's an opportunity to finish the season strong. If we had played the way we played against Denver, we could have beaten teams like Siena and Manhattan and Robert Morris. But we have to go forward. If we play that way [this weekend], it would be a positive way to finish the season."