April 2, 2013
Friday, Apr. 5 - HAWAI'I, 4 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 29 - UC IRVINE (L, 6-7)
Saturday, Mar. 30 - LONG BEACH STATE (L, 8-9)
TO RECAP: 15th-ranked UC Davis (12-14, 0-5) dropped a pair of Big West Conference contests, both by a single goal... Six of the Aggies' last seven losses have been by such a margin, while the seventh was a 9-7 setback to San Diego State in which UC Davis led 4-2 at halftime... In Friday's 7-6 loss to No. 7 UC Irvine, the two teams battled to four lead changes before Cambria Shockley's desperation shot fell into the cage with no time remaining... In Saturday's 9-8 battle with No. 9 Long Beach State, UC Davis led by margins of 4-2 and 6-4 in the first half before its shooting ran cold: the 49ers scored three unanswered to take a 7-6 lead early in the fourth quarter... Senior Carmen Eggert led the Aggies offensively in each game, scoring two goals against UCI then five against LBSU... Junior Erin Schlueter totaled five steals and four drawn kickouts for the weekend.
CAREER RANKINGS/RECORDS WATCH: Senior Jessica Dunn inched closer to surpassing Sofia Patronas' 2009 school record for season assists... Dunn enters the weekend with 39, three shy of the benchmark... She already holds the UC Davis career standard with 134... Eggert's seven goals lifts her total to a career-high 63, fifth in school history... Only Tiffany Hodgens (who posted year-by-year totals of 84, 81, 112 and 79) netted more in a single season... Eggert also brought her career points total to 257, moving her past Christi Raycraft (250 from 2005-08) for third in Aggie history.
UP NEXT: UC Davis takes on No. 8 Hawai'i for continued Big West Conference play, marking the first time the Aggies have faced three straight top 10 teams since early in 2012, when UC Davis had six consecutive top 5 opponents... This is also the first time the Big West has had four top 10 teams in its four-plus years of existence.
HAWAI'I (13-9, 3-1) paired wins over No. 17 UC Santa Barbara and No. 15 UC San Diego with losses to No. 6 San Diego State and No. 2 Stanford during a quasi-tournament at the Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex over the weekend (UH hosted six neutral contests during that span)... Senior and Canadian national team veteran Monika Eggens scored 13 goals in that four-game stretch, including six in Thursday's 10-7 victory over the Gauchos... She leads the Wahine with 66 in 22 games... Freshman attacker Paula Chillida Esforzado has 39 goals while Senior center Amarens Genee has 32 to form a UH triple scoring threat... Chillida Esforzado played for the Spanish junior and senior national teams while Genee hails from the Dutch town of Gorinchem.
HEAD COACH JAMEY WRIGHT:
"This is a `best of times, worst of times' for the conference. It's a great conference. In what other conference in any other sport at UC Davis is 100 percent of the members ranked in the top 20? That makes it very exciting. But if you're in it, every game you play is a knock-down, drag-out, tooth-and-nail fight. We're now 0-5 and yet we lost those games by six goals. So the good news is that we don't have to play all that better to have won all five of those games. For us, you see 0-5 and think you don't have much to be optimistic about, yet it's quite the contrary - we have a lot to be optimistic about."
"Coming into this week, I think Hawai'i is the best team in the conference yet they lost to San Diego State at home. So they can go up and down. They lost to Indiana in the same week that Indiana lost to UC San Diego. So which Hawai'i team will show up on Friday? I don't know. I pray it's not the juggernaut that we played in the first weekend at Stanford. But Hawai'i worries me. They're really good. Eggens is amazing. We need to keep her in check a little bit, and slow down No. 11 [Amarens Genee]. The rest of the team I think we can control."
"I look at the even-up defense we played against Irvine and the extra-man we played against Long Beach. Irvine only scored three natural goals, Long Beach was 0-for-9 on 6-on-5s. If we played that well in the first weekend at Northridge and Santa Barbara, I think we would have won both of those games. So we're playing better now than we were at the start of conference a month ago."