March 13, 2012
Saturday, Mar. 17 - Maryland vs. Fresno Pacific, 9 a.m.
Saturday, Mar. 17 - UC Davis vs. Maryland, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 17 - UC Davis vs. Fresno Pacific, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 10 - UC Davis vs. Santa Clara (W, 15-2)
Saturday, Mar. 10 - UC Davis vs. Sonoma State (W, 11-1)
TO RECAP: No. 15 UC Davis (8-11) continued to dominate its former leaguemates from the WWPA, this time posting wins over Santa Clara and Sonoma State by a combined 26-3 margin... Senior Dakotah Mohr and Keelia Houston led the Aggies with four goals for the day, although in reality all contributions were well-spread across the roster... Nine players scored at least two goals, including Carlie Spore, who hit her first two goals of the year in the morning win over Santa Clara... All 20 active players saw action, with 11 getting at least 20 minutes in the water.
Defensively, UC Davis held its opponents to 3-for-48 (.063) shooting, not allowing a goal until the fourth quarter in either contest... Senior Rachel Tatusko tallied 20 saves against 25 shots in four quarters of play... She stopped five 6-on-5 attempts plus a penalty shot by SCU leading scorer Marina Allen... Sonoma State's Bridgette Souza, one of the top scorers in the WWPA, was held to 0-for-7 shooting.
ADVANTAGE AGGIES: Among the areas head coach Jamey Wright has targeted for his team's development are exclusions: how well the team completes 6-on-5 opportunities and how well it holds opponents when playing short-handed... Although the strength of schedule has played a part, the Aggies have improved greatly in both 6-on-5 and 5-on-6 departments in the past few weeks... In five games from Feb. 26-Mar. 10, UC Davis has converted 20 of 36 power plays (55.6 percent) while allowing 8 of 47 (17.0)... In the eight previous games dating back to February 4, the Aggies scored on 23-for-59 6-on-5s (38.9) and surrendered 34 of 78 (43.6) in 5-on-6 scenarios.
UP NEXT: UC Davis hosts a Saturday tripleheader before taking the week off for final examinations... The Aggies host No. 11 Maryland for a 1 p.m. contest, then immediately follow with a game against Fresno Pacific at 2:30 p.m... The two visitors will also square off for a neutral-site game at 9 a.m.
SCHEDULE UPDATE: The UC Davis pairings at the March 25 Tiger Invitational has changed yet again... The Aggies will now face visiting Santa Clara at 1 p.m. then take on host Pacific at 4:30.
MARYLAND (10-3) enjoys what is arguably its best season of its nine-year varsity history... The Terps jumped up to No. 11 in the February 29 national poll after knocking off Indiana in CWPA East play the weekend before... The school record of 22 wins will likely go unchallenged - UM has fewer games on its schedule than in 2008 - but the previous best winning percentage of .579 is in jeopardy... Sophomore Katie Ermakova led the Terps offensively in wins over Gannon and Notre Dame College last weekend... She has 27 goals while teammate Allison Campbell paces UM with 40 points (25 goals, 15 assists)... Danielle Robinson scored four goals with five steals to earn CWPA Rookie of the Week honors... Goalkeeper Taylor Reeves won the CWPA Defensive Player of the Week nod for tallying eight saves and three assists against NDC... FRESNO PACIFIC (4-15) lost a 5-4 overtime heartbreaker to Wagner then dropped an 8-4 tilt to Bucknell in the Roadrunner Invite on Saturday... The Sunbirds faces Cal State East Bay on Friday before arriving in Davis for Saturday's twin dip.
HEAD COACH JAMEY WRIGHT:
"The thing we tried to emphasize the last two or three weeks was our defense. If you look at the Irvine tournament, we were scoring okay. The Arizona State game really jumps out. Here's a team that hadn't given up double-digit goals to anyone. We scored 12 against them. The bad news is that we gave up 14. So one of the things we stressed going into the San Diego game was our team defense."
"At this point of the year, you welcome a team like Maryland. They're a pretty mobile team from what I hear. But the way we approach the game is that we won't do anything different than what we do. We need to execute what we'll need to execute against Northridge, Irvine, Long Beach, Pacific and Santa Barbara. This is a really good non-conference opponent that is comparable. To me, this is a really good dress rehearsal for when we play Pacific in a conference game."