April 16, 2013
Saturday, Apr. 20 - PACIFIC, Noon
Friday, Apr. 12 - at Cal State Monterey Bay (W, 13-5)
TO RECAP: No. 19 UC Davis (13-15, 0-6) ended what had been a three-week homestand with a 13-5 road win at Cal State Monterey Bay... Senior Carmen Eggert led with four goals, two assists and three steals... The Aggies scored six unanswered to start the contest, then piled up five more in the fourth... A total of 18 players saw action, including all three active goalies... Junior center Hannah Curran tallied a hat trick and a pair of drawn exclusions while attacker Alex Rawlinson nabbed a game-high four steals.
CAREER & RECORD WATCH: Senior Jessica Dunn has become the second Aggie in school history to break the double-century mark in career goals... She enters this weekend's action with 202... With 41 assists through 28 games, Dunn needs one more to tie Sofia Patronas for the single-season UC Davis benchmark... Eggert moved past Christi Raycraft (2005-08) for third all-time with 179... She also has 70 goals for the year, with a chance of becoming only the second player to break 80 in a year (Tiffany Hodgens did this three times from 2000-02)... Hodgens is also the only Aggie to surpass 100 total points in a season, which she did every year (112 in 2000, 100 in 2001, 141 in 2002, 100 in 2004)... However, both Dunn and Eggert are in striking range of hitting triple digits in that category... Dunn has 54 goals and 41 assists for 95 points, Eggert enters the upcoming weekend with 70 goals and 23 assists for 93 points.
Speaking of all-time career performers, two-time All-American Katherine O'Rourke Shroyer was announced as one of five student-athlete inductees into this year's Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame class... She ranks fifth in career goals (154), sixth in career points (216), fourth in drawn exclusions (150) and second in career minutes (2,685) - all providing context for Dunn and Eggert for when they become CAAHOF-eligible in 2018.
UP NEXT: UC Davis will close out the regular season with a Picnic Day matchup against Pacific this Saturday... The outcome will determine the seventh and eighth seeds for the Big West Conference... The Aggies will also honor six seniors: fourth-year letterwinners Dunn, Eggert and Riane Woods, plus Hannah Breen, Kathryn Bailey and Danelle Kenny... The latter three are third-year letterwinners but will graduate from UC Davis this year...
Like the Aggies, PACIFIC (16-12, 1-5) owns a deceiving conference record thanks to several one- and two-goal losses to Top 10 teams... After losing a 12-11 battle to Hawai'i on Apr. 6, the Tigers fell 8-6 to No. 8 San Diego State last weekend... Taylor Adair and Gracie Smith each scored two goals against the Aztecs... Adair, a sophomore utility, leads Pacific with 51 goals while sophomore Brydie Pye is close behind with 49 goals... Pye also has 34 assists and 33 steals.
HEAD COACH JAMEY WRIGHT:
"This was a good trip and a good measuring stick for us. Monterey Bay is a tricky team. I sound like an alarmist when talking about them because I look at the perils of playing them. When we played them here, it was not an impressive showing on our part. We went down there and played much better against their two-goalie, especially in the first quarter, and was much better defensively. It was a good way to work on our 6-on-5s because that's how we attacked their two-goalie system."
"That game was good, plus we had a really good weekend of practice. We have one more home game then three away games [at conference]. There's a danger playing so many games at home then having to go away for your conference tournament. So getting on the road and getting that win was good."
"This week is about getting ready for Pacific plus some general things to get ready for conference. Pacific is good, there are no two ways about it. We had a really good game against them last time, but I specifically remember telling our team that it won't be like this next time. A lot of things broke out way in that second half and they don't always go that way. I feel confident but they're just good. They lost to Hawai'i by one, Long Beach and San Diego State by two."