March 12, 2013
Friday, Mar. 15 - at San Diego State, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 16 - vs. Princeton (at Aztec Invite), 8 a.m.
Saturday, Mar. 16 - vs. UC San Diego (at Aztec Invite), 2:15 p.m.
Monday, Mar. 18 - HARVARD, 4 p.m.
Monday, Mar. 18 - FRESNO PACIFIC, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 8 - at Cal State Northridge (L, 10-11)
Saturday, Mar. 9 - at UC Santa Barbara (L, 7-8)
TO RECAP: UC Davis (10-9, 0-2) opened conference play with two losses, both on last-minute goals... The Aggies fell to Cal State Northridge when Leah Janke scored with 42 seconds left; then to UC Santa Barbara on a Jessie Porter goal with 10 ticks remaining... Both the Matadors and Gauchos are tied for 15th in last week's poll... Fourteen of UC Davis' 17 goals came from three players: seniors Carmen Eggert and Jessica Dunn each finished with five, while junior Hannah Curran netted four for the weekend... The Aggies held a 5-2 halftime lead over UCSB before surrendering six after the break.
UP NEXT: UC Davis launches a relatively busy weekend before breaking for final exams... The Aggies take on No. 7 San Diego State for a Big West matchup on Friday, remains in town to face No. 12 Princeton and No. 17 UC San Diego on Day 1 of the Aztec Invitational, then returns home for an unusual Monday tripleheader at home with Harvard and Fresno Pacific.
SAN DIEGO STATE (11-7, 1-1) edged the Brazilian Junior National Team in an exhibition before edging Cal State Northridge by a 9-8 final on Saturday... The No. 7 Aztecs then lost to No. 4 UCLA, 9-5, in a Sunday road match... Redshirt freshman Bailey Wickliffe scored three goals in the win over CSUN, including two that helped erase a 3-1 deficit... Senior utility Amber Pezzolla leads SDSU with 41 goals...
PRINCETON (12-2) has won seven straight, four of which came during the CWPA/MAAC Crossover tourney at Villanova... The 12th-ranked Tigers most recently ended a two-week layoff with a 15-3 win over George Washington... Sophomore Ashley Hatcher scored four goals in that game... Katie Rigler added three, increasing her team-high scoring total to 29... UC SAN DIEGO (10-8) scored four wins at the Claremont Convergence, combining for 63 goals... Junior Sarah Lizotte totaled 13 goals during the tournament...
HARVARD (10-4), among the teams receiving votes for the national Top 20, took a weekend off after beating Mercyhurst, Bucknell and Gannon by a combined 34-17 margin... Freshman Charlotte Hendrix leads the Crimson with 40 goals while Aisha Price (37) and Yoshi Anderson (34) are close behind... FRESNO PACIFIC (1-14) has lost 12 straight since picking up its lone win over Cal State San Bernardino back on Jan. 26... The Sunbirds most recently lost 12-6 to Cal State East Bay despite a hat trick from 2012 All-American Dani Mortimer.
HEAD COACH JAMEY WRIGHT:
"It was like going through two consecutive root canals. You know how painful it is, then you have to go through another one. On the positive side, we went on the road and played well enough to be in a position to win games. We have a weird schedule in that the first three games are on the road then the last four are at home. So to play well enough to win on the road is something good. But to be honest, both are games we should have won."
"Our breakdowns were defensively. We never got any traction, never got a defensive presence against Northridge. It was score a goal then give up a goal. Against Santa Barbara, we had them on the ropes. The thing that killed us was our 6-on-5. If you lose a one-point game in basketball and you shoot 50 percent from the free-throw line, then you point to that. There's not much more you have to look at. We went 2-for-7 on our 6-on-5s. The game wasn't lost in the last minute, it was lost in the third quarter when we didn't put the pedal to the metal. We had them dangling off the edge of a cliff, and we let them back up."
"By losing these two games, I think I have plenty of things in practice to talk about in terms of effort and attention to detail. Every time someone drops a pass or misses a defensive assignment, they think, `it's just practice.' No, this is what happens on Friday. So it gives me a focal point. Had we won both games, we might think we're solid. Do we have to learn an entirely new language and start from scratch? No. We just have to get better at a few things."
"What I like about this weekend is that we'll play three really good opponents. San Diego State, then Princeton, who is a Top 10 team. Then we finish with UC San Diego. So this weekend really gets us ready for conference because that's what we'll have to do."