No. 11 UC Davis Opens Big West Play At Pacific

Freshman Allyson Hansen has scored eight goals in the Aggies' seven-game winning streak, including two 6-on-5 strikes in the win over Santa Clara on Sunday.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

March 27, 2012

03.27.12 Weekly Release | Live Video (Pacific)

Saturday, Mar. 31 - at Pacific, Noon

at Pacific Invitational (Stockton, Calif.)
Sunday, Mar. 25 - vs. Santa Clara (W, 14-5)
Sunday, Mar. 25 - at Pacific (W, 11-9)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (12-11), which moved up from No. 15 to No. 11 in Wednesday's poll, extended its win streak to seven with a Sunday sweep of Santa Clara and Pacific at the latter's tournament... Junior Jessica Dunn scored three goals in the 11-9 victory over the host Tigers, while junior Carmen Eggert tallied four steals in each contest... Eleven different Aggies scored against the Broncos on 14-for-23 shooting... Redshirt freshman Paige Oreglia tallied three steals and senior Kaylee Queipo-Miller had two steals and two drawn exclusions... In all, 16 UC Davis players saw at least one quarter's worth of playing time in the SCU game.

BY THE NUMBERS: Dunn leads the Aggies in both goals (36) and total points (52)... Eggert's eight steals brings her season total to 28... Freshmen Allyson Hansen has shot 8-for-14 during the seven-game winning streak after starting the year hitting 10 of 32... Another freshman, Keelia Houston, has shot 7-for-11 in that stretch... She had scored three goals in the 14 previous contests.

UP NEXT: The Aggies head into the Big West Conference portion of their 2012 schedule by returning to Pacific's Kjeldsen Pool just six days after the wins over the Broncos and the Tigers... Oddly, this is the third time UC Davis has played the same opponent in back-to-back games in separate weekends this year: the Aggies faced San Jose State at the Spartan and Cal Invitational (Jan. 22 and 28), then Stanford at the Cal Invite and Stanford Invite (Jan. 28 and Feb. 4)... A live video stream of Saturday's game will be available at:



PACIFIC (9-12) dropped a pair of two-goal games at its own Pacific Invitational over the weekend, extending its losing streak to five... The Tigers flirted with an upset of No. 13 Maryland on Saturday, claiming a 7-4 lead early in the second half before succumbing by a 10-8 final... Taylor Adair, Elise Martin and Malena Prlain each tallied two goals in the loss to the Terps... On Sunday, Martin, Kim Kay and Brydie Pye each performed hat tricks in the loss to UC Davis... Martin leads the Tigers with 42 goals and 37 steals for the year... Prlain has 32 goals, 21 assists and 31 steals.

"I told the team going into the games that this has been the best week of workouts we've had during finals in my recollection of having coached her for so many years. It's a classic case of rising or sinking to your level of expectation. As a student, I remember how distracted I was. I would show up but I wouldn't be there mentally. I was even having second thoughts [about playing]. I thought were setting ourselves up. Given the negatives going in - having an extra game, being distracted by finals - I thought we did a really good job. We were up 6-2 and 9-5 [against Pacific], so it felt like we were in control the whole game."

"I think our 6-on-5s and 5-on-6s are better. Every one of them matters. Regardless of the score of the game, we treat each of them like they're the last possession in a conference championship. Our younger players are playing with a lot more confidence. We understand better how our movement will help us, how it will help create things. Overall, I think we're playing at a higher level than we were a month ago."