UC Davis came away victorious in their first home game of the season with a 24-10 win over Long Island, evening its record to 3-3.
Junior Anna Geissbuhler scored five goals and had four assists, tying her career best established at Fresno last year. Freshman Charlotte Morris added four goals, while freshman Elizabeth Landry and juniors Elizabeth Datino and Hannah Mirza chipped in three apiece.
“The team was very balanced and gave a solid effort,” coach Elaine Jones said.
UC Davis and Long Island collectively scored 11 goals in the first 10 minutes. Datino scored the game’s first goal and the Aggies jumped to a 5-1 lead in the first four minutes.
The Blackbirds responded with two scores of their own to pull within two, only to have Geissbuhler score back-to-back goals and assist Morris to take a commanding lead of 8-3. UC Davis’ late 6-0 run yielded a 17-7 advantage at halftime.
UC Davis toned down the intensity following the break, but still added four goals to the lead in the first nine minutes of the second half. Freshman Allie Lehner’s drive with 7:05 left made the score 24-9, tying the UC Davis record established against Colorado College in 2004.
The Aggies set season highs in ground balls, caused turnovers and scoring percentage.
“After five games on the road, the team was happy to be back at home with their fans,” said Jones.
UC Davis will face Central Connecticut at Aggie Stadium on March 19.
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