April 3, 2012
Saturday, Apr. 7 - at UC Irvine, Noon
Sunday, Apr. 8 - at Long Beach State, Noon
Saturday, Mar. 31 - at Pacific (W, 8-7)
TO RECAP: No. 11 UC Davis extended its win streak to eight, picking off a topsy-turvy Big West Conference win at Pacific on Saturday... Senior attacker Ariel Feeney led the Aggies with three goals and three steals while Carmen Eggert tallied two goals, three assists, two steals and three drawn kickouts... UC Davis held a 3-1 lead, surrendered three straight in the third, scored three straight in the fourth, then won on Dakotah Mohr's shot at two meters with :08 remaining... This marks the first time the Aggies have beaten the Tigers in conference play since the inaugural Big West season of 2009: Pacific won the league matchup in 2010 (7-5 in Stockton) and last year (6-5 in Davis).
Feeney's hat trick was her first since scoring three at San Jose State on Jan. 29, 2011... Dunn leads the team in the category with seven this season, including three straight in late February... Hannah Curran has had two, while Allyson Hansen (Jan. 22), Carey Faber (Feb. 4), Alicia Began (Feb. 26), Eggert (Mar. 3) and Mohr (Mar. 10) each have had one... The relative few hat tricks can be attributed to balanced scoring, with six players with 20 or more goals; and balanced playing time, with 12 Aggies averaging between 10.0 and 16.5 minutes per game.
UP NEXT: The Big West slate continues on the road, this time against the highest-ranked conference team: UC Irvine has held the No. 6 spot since Mar. 14... The new poll comes out on Wednesday... Both the games at Irvine and at Long Beach State take place at noon.
UC IRVINE (19-5, 2-0) picked up two conference road wins over the weekend, edging No. 17 Cal State Northridge by an 11-10 final on Saturday then rolling to an 8-4 win over No. 15 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday... Hannah Croghan and Danielle Warde each tallied two goals in the thriller at Northridge, but it was Annika Bergesen who scored with 41 seconds remaining to end the Matadors' comeback effort... CSUN had taken a 10-9 lead with 3:20 remaining... The Anteaters scored five goals in the second quarter to post an early lead on the Gauchos... Jessy Cardey leads UCI with 54 goals while Crogan is second with 41... The `Eaters have climbed the national poll on the strength of two wins over San Diego State, plus victories over Maryland and Loyola Marymount in mid-February...
LONG BEACH STATE (10-13, 0-2) lost a tough 4-3 battle to UCSB in sudden victory on Saturday before falling to CSUN the following day... Freshman Justine Morgan scored the game's first goal then hit the equalizer with 3:55 left in regulation in the loss to the Gauchos... Julie Lantz and Coriann Snyder each had two goals at Northridge... The 49ers tied the contest at 6-6 early in the third but managed just one goal the rest of the way... Melissa Matheson leads LBSU with 35 goals while goalkeeper Kelly Ringel has 211 saves and a 7.22 GAA.
HEAD COACH JAMEY WRIGHT:
"A win on the road is always a challenge. In this conference, every game is tight. I look at it as five steps we have to take to get the best seeding to give yourself the best chance at conference. This was just one of five steps. This weekend will be two more big steps. They don't preclude you from getting there if you slip along the way, but you're trying to find some rhythm and consistency."
"We want to have a game plan in place, with goals we want to accomplish. At the end of the game, if you've met those goals, you put yourself in a good position to win. The winning or losing takes care of itself. So for me, this is a great opportunity to play a really good team and see where we're at. If we can execute our game plan and hit our targets, we have a good chance. That's something we'll stress this week: you think if we lose a game, we'll get another shot at conference. Well, we might not. So we have to treat this as the only time we get to play Irvine. We want to go at it as extremely important for our seeding but also for our team to play a good game against Irvine. That would be a good litmus test for us as a group."
"We've set some goals for ourselves, and I think we're in good position to do well on a lot of them. Our 6-on-5 is in a good place right now. Our 5-on-6 defense is relatively good and our goalie and two-meter defensive play is very high."
"The old saying is the best offense is a good defense. But Irvine's best offense is their fast break. For us to defend against their best offense is to not give them counterattack opportunities, to not turn the ball over and not take quick shots. We need to put ourselves in a position to defend their counterattack before we shoot the ball."