No. 13 Aggies End Break With Alumnae, Seawolves

Senior Ariel Feeney is tied for second on the Aggies with 18 total points (nine goals, nine assists).
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

Feb. 14, 2012

Saturday, Feb. 18 - ALUMNAE, 11 a.m.
(Note: this is a time change from previous schedules)
Sunday, Feb. 19 - at Sonoma State, Noon

Idle since Stanford Invitational (Feb. 4-5)

TO RECAP: No. 13 UC Davis (2-8) took a week off from competition, opting not to participate at the usual Triton Invitational at UC San Diego... The Aggies last were in action at the Stanford Invitational, continuing their brutally tough preseason with games against No. 1 Stanford, No. 5 San Jose State, No. 3 USC and No. 12 Michigan... Of the team's first 10 games, nine were against Top 20 teams, seven against Top 5... The odd team out was Santa Clara, which was receiving votes at the time.

Junior utility Jessica Dunn continues to lead the Aggies in scoring, now with 18 goals... She was the only player to score at least once in all four Stanford Invite contests, including a hat trick in the one-goal battle with SJSU... Seniors Ariel Feeney (9 goals, 9 assists) and Alicia Began (8 goals, 10 assists) are tied for second in total points... Senior Carey Faber had four goals against the Spartans and shot 3-for-6 on 6-on-5 opportunites for the weekend... As a team, UC Davis converted 12 of 27 (.444) extra-player situations, improving to a .400 rate for the year... However, opponents completed 19 of 44 (.432)... Senior Dakotah Mohr leads the Aggies with 14 drawn exclusions (including one five-meter penalty) while freshmen Allyson Hansen and Elsie Fullerton have combined for 22 more... The team primarily worked on conditioning during the break under the watch of assistant coach Kandace Waldthaler.



UP NEXT: UC Davis breaks up its long layoff with the annual Alumnae Game on Saturday... The event begins at 11 a.m. at Schaal Aquatics Center and will follow with a lunch at the Bruce Edwards Club Room at Aggie Stadium... Please note: this is a time change from previous schedules (which listed the event at noon) to avoid a conflict with UC Davis baseball... The Aggies return to official competition the following day at Sonoma State.

SONOMA STATE (2-8) snapped an eight-game losing streak with an 8-6 win over Santa Clara at the Triton Invitational... Sophomore utility Bridgette Souza and junior driver Lindsay Rangel each scored two goals against the Broncos... Souza enjoyed a hat trick in a two-goal loss to Marist earlier on Sunday, and was one of two Seawolf scorers in a 16-2 loss to ninth-ranked San Diego State.... She leads SSU with 12 goals while Adriene Bisharat has provided 10 goals, five assists and a team-high 13 steals.

"Sonoma State is a tricky venue to play in. It's not regulation, which is like playing on an 80-foot basketball court. Something we've been talking about with the team is that offense wants space while defense wants to limit space. Playing Sonoma will be a challenge for us. It's a shorter pool and a little more narrow, which compresses everything. So when a player is open, they're not as open as they would be in a larger venue. You have to get into your attack mode sooner."

"In a small pool, typically there are a lot of ejections called. That's good because it gives us a chance to work on our 6-on-5s and 5-on-6 defense. We've been working on some tweaks with our 5-on-6, so we'll see if these changes are worth using at Irvine."

"Last night and tonight [Monday and Tuesday], we worked on our after-goal plays and getting our offense where we want it to be. Our group is so deep and we have so many interchangeable groups, so when we shake things up, everyone has to learn their roles. We have a lot of work to clean that up and get everything solidified. Both of our 6-on-5 and 5-on-6 percentages are not where we want them to be. They're not way off, and that's understandable because we've played tougher teams."