Feb. 26, 2013
Saturday, Mar. 2 - CONCORDIA, 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Mar. 2 - SANTA CLARA, Noon
Saturday, Mar. 2 - COLORADO STATE, 5 p.m.
at UCI Invitational
Saturday, Feb. 23 - at UC Irvine (L, 4-9)
Saturday, Feb. 23 - vs. UC San Diego (W [sv], 13-12)
Sunday, Feb. 24 - vs. UC Santa Barbara (W, 13-7)
Sunday, Feb. 24 - vs. Loyola Marymount (L, 5-9)
TO RECAP: UC Davis (7-7) outperformed its seed at the UCI Invitational, splitting the tournament with wins over UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara and losses to UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount... Junior center Hannah Curran led all Aggie players with 11 goals, including a career-high six in the sudden victory over UC San Diego on Saturday... Senior Kathryn Bailey hit the game-winner on the first possession of the first SV period against the Tritons for one of her three goals (her first Aggie hat trick)... However, she injured her hand in the Sunday morning contest with UCSB, an ailment that will sideline her for a significant stretch... Junior Erin Schlueter enjoyed a monster weekend, leading the Aggies in assists (12), steals (11) and minutes played (112) in the four Invite games.
UP NEXT: UC Davis returns home to host its second of two tournaments, this time in the six-team Aggie Shootout on Saturday and Sunday... The Aggies will face Concordia plus former WWPA foes Santa Clara and Colorado State, all in Saturday's session... The tournament field also includes Sonoma State and Pacific.
CONCORDIA-IRVINE (7-7) took a weekend of after going 3-1 at Cal Baptist's Lancer Invite on February 15-16... The Eagles beat Cal State San Bernardino, Renegades WPC and Redlands... They also fell 24-6 to No. 2 USC... Senior 2M Kathryn Manderino scored 12 goals in the four tournament games... SANTA CLARA (6-8) has won three straight games since going 0-4 at the Triton Invitational, most recently sweeping a Saturday doubleheader with Cal State Monterey Bay and Azusa Pacific... Junior utility Claire Eadington leads the Broncos with 16 goals and 17 assists while redshirt freshman hole set Julia Peters owns team highs of 23 goals and 29 drawn kickouts... COLORADO STATE (2-6) won a 19-0 exhibition against a local club last weekend, otherwise filling a three-week gap in competition... The Rams' wins have come against Brown and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the former's tournament on Feb. 9-10... Sophomore center Kelcy Barott and freshman utility Ariel Arcidiacono each have scored 16 goals in eight games this season.
HEAD COACH JAMEY WRIGHT:
On the UCI Invite: "Against every team, you're concerned about their counterattacks and I thought we did a good job at controlling that. I don't think Irvine scored a counter against our front-court offense, and that's a big part of what they do. This is what we talk about. The phrase we use is `managing our front-court possessions.' Don't get yourself in a box with the shot clock or your balance or where the ball is, or you suddenly create an opportunity for the other team. So I thought we did a good job at running our offense and getting the ball to our centers. That really was our strength. I look at other teams and I think we're right there when it comes to what Hannah Curran, Elsie Fullerton and Danelle Kenny can do. That's a definite advantage that we have."
On the Aggie Shootout: "I think we have to figure out what to do with Kathryn [Bailey] being a big part of both our offense and our defense. That's a big hole we have to fill, especially on our 6-on-5. We'll have to see what makes the best sense. When you get a rotation going, you get into a rhythm. When you have someone who comes in off the bench and make her a starter, it disrupts that rhythm. So we want to get that straightened out."
"We also want to get a lot of people a lot of minutes. These are all good teams. Santa Clara always plays us tough. They do a good job at controlling the ball, look for their chances, look for an angle, turn and draw an ejection, then make their 6-on-5. That's their m.o. They don't give you any easy counters. Concordia is well-coached. They have been in the game with UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach. Colorado State is a big D-I. Their program goes away next year, so a lot of their players may come in with a bit of chip on their shoulder. They have some talented players. Those are three challenging games. We want to play a lot of people and see how things work out. Plus, we want to get Riane back to where she is. But I have confidence in all three of our goalies, so we may give Riane another week to both literally and figuratively get her legs under her."