April 17, 2012
Saturday, Apr. 21 - SAN JOSE STATE, Noon
Saturday, Apr. 14 - UC SANTA BARBARA (W, 9-8)
Sunday, Apr. 15 - CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (W, 10-4)
TO RECAP: 11th-ranked UC Davis (16-12, 4-1) swept its home Big West Conference weekend to claim the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament... The Aggies actually had some help on Saturday: in addition to their gripping 9-8 win over UC Santa Barbara, Pacific beat Cal State Northridge... Thus a victory over the Gauchos clinched the seeding, while Sunday's 10-4 handling of the Matadors moved UC Davis into sole possession of second place... The Aggies have a chance to tie for the regular-season title: if Long Beach State upsets No. 6 UC Irvine on Thursday, the Anteaters and Aggies would both hold 4-1 records... UCI would still receive the top seed in the tournament (ee below for more on the Big West pairings).
Senior Alicia Began scored the game-winner over UCSB with nine seconds remaining, Ariel Feeney and Jessica Dunn also had two goals in the victory, but junior Carmen Eggert arguably had the biggest contributions on Saturday... She tallied four steals, drew two kickouts and blocked three shots - including one on a Gaucho 6-on-5 chance late in the fourth... Eggert shot 3-for-4 with a steal and two drawn exclusions against CSUN on Sunday... Feeney posted four assists and a steal against the Matadors.
BIG WEST TOURNAMENT: The top three seedings are set for the conference tournament, held at Schaal Aquatics Center from April 27-29... UC Irvine has the No. 1, UC Davis at No. 2 and UC Santa Barbara is No. 3... Thursday's UCI-LBSU game will determine the remaining seeds... If UCI wins, Pacific, Northridge and Long Beach all finish with 1-4 records... The tiebreaker would come down to goal difference among the tied teams: No. 4 CSUN, No. 5 LBSU and No. 6 Pacific... If the 49ers can upset the `Eaters, they improve to 2-3 in conference and claim the No. 4 seed... Pacific would then win the head-to-head tiebreaker over Cal State Northridge for the fifth seed.
UP NEXT: The Aggies host No. 8 San Jose State in their final home game before the Big West Conference tournament... This is the fourth meeting between the two teams this season... SJSU defeated UC Davis by a total of four goals in three games at the start of the year.
SENIOR DAY: The team will honor a total of nine graduating players... Center Dakotah Mohr and goalkeeper Rachel Tatusko finish their fifth years in the program... Began, Feeney, Carey Faber, Kaylee Queipo-Miller and Lyndsay Sutterley are all fourth-year players... Katie Schlueter is a junior in eligibility but a senior academically... Finally, reserve goalie Jackie Bobson is a sophomore in water polo... However, she will graduate this spring - one of the rare times a collegiate student-athlete earns a degree in just three years.
SAN JOSE STATE (18-10) went 4-0 at the Santa Clara Invitational last weekend, claiming wins over Cal State Bakersfield, Sonoma State, Colorado State and Santa Clara... Junior Anna Natalizio scored six goals on each day, including four-goal performances against the Roadrunners and host Broncos... Three-time honorable mention All-American Dani Curran hit a SJSU program first: she has scored 50 or more goals in each of her four seasons as a Spartan.
HEAD COACH JAMEY WRIGHT:
On the UCSB/Northridge weekend: "Those were great games and competitive games, as we knew they would be. In the Santa Barbara game, I thought we did a better job playing our game and being more assertive. The first time we played them, we were the assertive team: we fronted, we pressed, we countered, and took it to them. When we played them down in Irvine, we were passive. We were reacting to them, and they controlled the tempo the whole game. Even though it was a one-goal game, I never felt like we were in the game. In this game, I really felt we were controlling the defensive tempo. They're a physical team but I thought we matched it, and demonstrated it when we thought they were committing a contra foul on us."
On getting the first-round bye: "When we were in the WWPA, I liked playing on the first day. You kind of get into a rhythm from having a game. In the Big West, whoever you play on the Friday will battle just like you. It's a dogfight. And then you still have two more games right away. You're preparing for three games and five different scenarios. Now we can focus only on Santa Barbara and Pacific, or Santa Barbara and Northridge."
"I think overall we played well although there are still some things to tighten up. I think, `I can't believe we're still making this mistake at this point in the season.' So we'll work on those this week. We're lucky to have San Jose - it's hard to get a non-conference game this late in the season. I wanted to play a good, challenging opponent going into conference. And now that we had the Friday bye, I'm glad we have this game. Otherwise, we would have had 12 or 13 days in between games. That would not have been as good for us. We want to treat this like we're playing Santa Barbara or Pacific."