No. 11 Aggies Jockey For Position In Big West Race

Ariel Feeney (above) drew two five-meter fouls in Sunday's win at Long Beach State. Junior Jessica Dunn converted both shots for two of her four goals.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

April 11, 2012

04.11.12 Weekly Release

Saturday, Apr. 14 - UC SANTA BARBARA, Noon
Sunday, Apr. 15 - CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE, Noon

Saturday, Apr. 7 - at UC Irvine (L, 4-10)
Sunday, Apr. 8 - at Long Beach State (W, 13-10)

TO RECAP: The Aggies (14-12, 2-1), which moved up to No. 10 in last week's national poll, split their Big West Conference weekend road trip at UC Irvine and Long Beach State... UC Davis shot just 4-for-26 (4-for-10 on exclusions) against the sixth-ranked Anteaters but improved to 15-for-27 against the 49ers... Junior Carmen Eggert scored two goals with two steals and two drawn kickouts at UCI... Senior Ariel Feeney tallied two assists and two steals... At LBSU, junior Jessica Dunn contributed four goals and two assists while Eggert added a hat trick... Feeney drew a pair of five-meter penalties, which Dunn converted for half of her scoring output.

BY THE NUMBERS: Dunn leads UC Davis both in goals (42) and total points (62)... She ranks 5th in school history with 137 career goals, needing five to pass Kim Parker (1998-2001) for fourth... Senior Dakotah Mohr is next in line with 131 goals... Eggert has now scored in 17 straight games... Her second-half surge has continued into the conference portion the season: the 2011 All-American has seven goals, five assists and seven drawn kickouts in the three Big West contests... Eggert also cracked the century mark in career goals over the weekend... Her hat trick on Sunday put her 2012 total at 36 and her career sum at 102.

UP NEXT: The 11th-ranked Aggies spend the next three weekends at home, starting with Big West Conference home contests with No. 15 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday and No. 18 Cal State Northridge on Sunday... Both games start at noon... UC Davis and UCSB are tied for second in the league race (behind undefeated UC Irvine) with 2-1 records, while CSUN is fourth at 1-2... Long Beach State is fifth with a 1-3 record while Pacific still looks for its first conference win at 0-3.



UC SANTA BARBARA (18-12, 2-1) swept an unusual doubleheader on Saturday, taking down a 5-3 defensive battle over Cal State Northridge then edging Cal Baptist by a 9-7 final later that day... Juniors Kacey Creek and Shelby Haroldson both scored two goals in each contest... UCSB boasts a highly balanced offense, with seven players scoring at least 20 goals but none more than Creek's 31... CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (15-17, 1-2) had the opposite Saturday to the Gauchos, losing to UC Santa Barbara then falling in a 9-8 squeaker to Cal Baptist... Heidi Pettinger scored a hat trick in the loss to the 19th-ranked Lancers... Sophomore Jenny Jamison, who earned Big West Player of the Week for her three-goal performance at Long Beach State, leads the Matadors with 59 goals and 30 assists.

On the UC Irvine/Long Beach State weekend: "We may have focused so much on certain facets of Irvine's game that we got out of what we do. It hurt us on the offensive end. We didn't attack like we're used to doing. We did a better job the second day [against Long Beach State] at playing our game: swim, counter, run our front-court offense. And yes, it's a different opponent but I thought we were much more assertive offensively. We were looking to shoot the ball and our spacing was better, so it was easier to find the open person. And we did some things well against Irvine. We gave up one counterattack on an offensive foul. To give up only one goal in transition to that team is pretty good."

"One thing was that we got a very good start in the Long Beach State whereas we did not have a good start in the Irvine game. In the Long Beach game, defensively we came out and pressed and fronted. Long Beach has a strong center and Alicia [Began] stayed in front of her. For three straight possessions, it went offensive foul, counter, offensive foul, counter, offensive, counter. We scored on two of the first three possessions. We jumped on them early. Our defense allowed us to get more transitions, which is a big part of what we do offensively."

On the upcoming weekend: "It would be nice to win both games. We would be the No. 2 seed, whether Irvine loses to Long Beach or not. The No. 2 seed allows you to avoid that extra game at the conference tournament. That's one more chance something can go wrong or that someone can get hurt. Or you're more fatigued for the last game. You have an easier road into the third day. So I'd like to win both games for seeding purposes. But at the very least, we want to play well to maintain that momentum and positive energy. And we get to learn as much as we can about one of those two teams, because we invariably would play one of them along the way to the championship game."