Review Category : Lacrosse

Women’s lacrosse team finishes the season strong

There’s an age-old saying in sports: it is not how you start, but how you finish. The UC Davis women’s lacrosse team, although finishing with a 6-9 record overall and going 3-5 in conference play, was able to finish the season out strong. Replacing former head coach Elaine Jones, first-year head coach Kate Henwood understood the expectations heading into the 2012 season. “This was a transition year for us with a new coaching staff. It was our job to try and find a way to harness the talent of our five seniors and use the energetic underclassmen into a system that could work for us,” Henwood said. “Elaine did a phenomenal job, turning lacrosse from a club program to a Division II program and then to a Division I program. I’m not here to be mediocre, but for us to be the best in the West.” Although the Aggies lost their season debut to the third-ranked team in the nation, Florida, they claimed their first win of the 2012-13 campaign... ...

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Aggies earn mixed results against tough competition

The women’s lacrosse team (3-8, 0-4) went 1-2 over spring break, despite facing the toughest back-to-back combination of opponents thus far this season. After demolishing Howard by a final score of 23-6, the Aggies squared off against Navy and Drexel, which are ranked 16th and 12th, respectively. Senior Elizabeth Datino garnered MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honors, totaling 13 goals with four assists in the three games. In addition, she posted a career-high seven goals at Howard. She then went on to score hat tricks against both the Mids and Dragons. Against Navy, the Aggies rallied to within deficits of 5-3 and 8-5 early on before Navy pulled away in the middle-third of the contest. The Aggies held a 5-3 lead late in the first half before a Drexel goal with only eight seconds left in the half. This ignited what became a 6-2 Dragon finish. Sophomore Kai Murphy accomplished her best game thus far, tallying eight sixes throughout the course of the game. Senior Hannah Mirza scored a... ...

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Athlete of the Quarter: Honorable Mention

Junior Elizabeth Datino had one of the most memorable seasons in UC Davis lacrosse history. In the midst of the first round of the NCAA tournament, Datino shared the lead for total points in all of the country. Her 54 goals and school record 47 assists racked up to 101 total points in the season. She was the only player in the nation to rank in the top 10 for both goals and assists in the NCAA Division I this year. The steady attacker from Centennial, Colo. had a total of 12 hat tricks this year while also being named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-West/Midwest Region second team. Datino tied the school record with eight assists against St. Mary’s last year and now she is five assists away from breaking the all-time school record currently held by Christina Corsa. — Jason Min ...

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Freshman of the Quarter…

Elizabeth Landry has won the Freshman of the Quarter Award from The Aggie for her exemplary contribution to the women’s lacrosse team. Landry, who made the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first team, also collected the league’s Newcomer of the Year award. “I think that staying motivated and committed to getting better throughout the whole year was a key to my success,” Landry said. The freshman midfielder from Lafayette was all over the field chasing down attackers while leading the charge on the offensive side. Landry led the Aggies in ground balls (37), draw controls (72) and caused turnovers (31). She also broke the season and single-game records for draw controls in her first year of play. Landry showed her versatile talents in the final game of the year where she scored six goals, caused four turnovers and won five ground balls in the 24-10 blowout of St. Mary’s. — Jason Min ...

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Lacrosse coach Elaine Jones resigns

UC Davis head lacrosse coach Elaine Jones announced her resignation from the University on Wednesday. In 11 seasons as head coach, Jones amassed a record of 97-90, but struggled in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, going just 14-35 in nine seasons in the conference. “I am proud of the time I have given to developing the program; however, 10 years is a long time,” said Jones. “That being said, I feel that change can be good and now is the time for me to step away and allow someone new to embark on their journey to carry UC Davis forward.” The Aggies went 6-10 this season and finished tied for fifth in the MPSF standings with a conference record of 2-5. UC Davis Interim Athletic Director Nona Richardson said UC Davis will conduct a national search for Jones’ replacement beginning in the near future. — TREVOR CRAMER ...

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Underdog Aggies take National title

Exhausted but exhilarated, the newly reigning National Champion UC Davis’ Women’s Club lacrosse team walked past a sign that read, “I learned to win by learning to lose.” “I feel like that quote really summed up our season,” said freshman goalkeeper Amy Corstorphine. A few weeks ago, UC Davis did not even know if they would be seeded at the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I National Championship Tournament. It had been a rough season featuring some tough losses, as the Aggies had suffered all eight of their defeats by a single goal. “Every game we lost was by one point which is really frustrating,” said junior midfielder Molly Fensterwald. “When you lose by one point, it really kills you mentally.” However, those losses would ultimately fuel a fire, the likes of which UC Davis lacrosse has never seen before. UC Davis ultimately entered the National Championship Tournament seeded 10th and defeated Texas in the first round. The Aggies then faced against the No. 2 UC Santa... ...

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UC Davis ends season with a blowout

The UC Davis Lacrosse team’s last game had no bearing on the outcome of this season, but they still put forth an impressive effort. The Aggies were already deprived of a chance to play in the postseason when they lost to Stanford two games before. It seemed UC Davis had lost its edge when they were handed a disappointing loss by Fresno State. But the Aggies silenced its critics with a 24-10 blowout win over St. Mary’s. The 24 goals tied the record for the most goals scored in a single game in UC Davis history. Although the game was close in the beginning, the Aggies took a commanding 15-5 lead going into halftime after a 12-minute stretch where the team scored 10 goals. From there, UC Davis cruised through the second half and put up nine more goals before the final game of their season would come to a close. Junior attacker Elizabeth Datino put together a masterful performance, ending the game with eight assists and four goals. Her... ...

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Lacrosse Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. St. Mary’s Records: Aggies 5-10 (2-5); Gaels 3-11 (1-6) Where: Aggie Stadium When: Tuesday at 2 p.m. Who to watch: The first time the Aggies played St. Mary’s this year, junior Elizabeth Datino scored six goals and had three assists. Datino has been leading the Aggies as of late, tallying 15 points over the last three games. Datino’s strongest performance came against Stanford where she tallied nine points with five assists and four goals of her own. The Centennial, Colo. native also had three goals and an assist against Denver and seeks to continue her hot streak into the final game of the year. Did you know? UC Davis is playing St. Mary’s for the second time this season after a 16-13 victory earlier in the year. The Aggies have dominated St. Mary’s recently, winning their past eight matchups, but the contests aren’t as one-sided as they appear. Five of the victories were by less than three points. Preview: The UC Davis Lacrosse team has been struggling... ...

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Aggie Digest

Lacrosse The UC Davis Lacrosse team came into last week in a three-way tie with Stanford and California for the fourth and final spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament. Losses to both Stanford and Fresno State for their final two MPSF matches, however, eliminated UC Davis from postseason contention. UC Davis started the week at Aggie Stadium against Stanford. The Cardinal had a half-game lead for the fourth spot entering the game but the Aggies were determined to overtake their MPSF foe. UC Davis and Stanford started off the game exchanging 4-0 runs in the first half. The Aggies trailed by just one goal at halftime. The Aggies went on a 6-0 run to take a 16-12 lead at one point, but the advantage was not big enough. Stanford responded with a 6-0 run of their own and eventually won 19-18. The Aggies then took on Fresno State but were not able to finish their conference play with a victory. The Bulldogs scored in overtime to defeat the Aggies 12-11. They... ...

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Lacrosse Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Stanford, UC Davis vs. Fresno State Records: Aggies 5-8 (2-3); Cardinal 4-8 (2-2); Bulldogs 2-10 (0-5) Where: Aggie Stadium When: Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m. Who to watch: The Aggies are a young team and as such they have required many players to progress faster than normal. The play of the freshmen on the team has been a pleasant surprise as young players are making impacts on games. Freshman midfielder Elizabeth Landry has been one of the biggest contributors so far this season. The Lafayette, Calif. native is second on the team with 28 goals and has also tallied four assists. Did you know? UC Davis’ widest winning margin last season came in its match-up with Fresno State. The Aggies outscored the Bulldogs 21-5 in the match, with then-sophomore Anna Geissbuhler scoring five goals. Preview: The UC Davis lacrosse team has been on a tough four-game losing streak, with three of those defeats coming at the hands of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foes.... ...

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UC Davis downed by Denver

The UC Davis lacrosse team had a chance to snap its three-game losing streak coming into Sunday’s game against Denver. Unfortunately for the Aggies, the Pioneers put together a second-half stretch that extended their losing streak to four games. The game was tied 9-9 early in the second half until Denver outscored the Aggies 7-1 over a nine-minute period. This put the game out of reach, and UC Davis suffered its third straight loss to a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent. “We didn’t finish our shots and they finished theirs,” Coach Elaine Jones said. The Aggies started the game in a quick 5-2 hole before junior Elizabeth Datino scored one of her three goals to ignite the UC Davis comeback. The Aggies tied the game at 9-9 three minutes into the second half when freshman Elizabeth Landry had a nice goal off the assist from junior Anna Geissbuhler. From there Denver took over the game, going on a 7-1 streak during which Jenn Etzel scored three of the Pioneers’ goals.... ...

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Lacrosse Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Denver Records: Aggies 5-7 (2-2); Pioneers 9-1 (3-0) Where: Aggie Stadium When: Sunday at 1 p.m. Who to watch: Junior Elizabeth Datino is coming off a solid week of play in which she accumulated five goals and four assists. She had two goals and two assists against California and followed that performance with three goals and two assists against Oregon. Did you know? In their previous meeting against Denver last year, the Aggies came back from an 8-4 deficit to tie the game at 13 apiece. The Pioneers were eventually able to take the game in the overtime session by outscoring UC Davis 2-to-1. Preview: Almost exactly a year ago, the UC Davis Lacrosse team, with a 10-2 record (2-1 in conference), were set to play the 3-10 Denver Pioneers. On paper, the Aggies should have easily defeated their Mountain Pacific Sports Association rivals, but the game went into overtime where the Aggies eventually lost by a final score of 15-14. This year the two squads enter the matchup in the opposite... ...

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UC Davis lacrosse drops two tough games

The UC Davis women’s lacrosse team hoped to bounce back after its tough road trip to the East Coast two weeks ago. However, things did not get easier this past week as the Aggies lost two difficult games to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rivals California and Oregon. Both games had periods where it seemed anyone could win, but the Aggies were not able to secure the victory in either match. With the losses, UC Davis moved to 5-7 overall, 2-2 MPSF play. Wednesday — California 15, UC Davis 10 UC Davis began the week pitted against MPSF rival Cal on a chilly Wednesday night at the Aggie Stadium. The game started off tough for the Aggies as they found themselves in a 6-1 deficit in the first half, but the team was able to claw back. UC Davis scored four goals in the last nine minutes of the first half, cutting the lead to 7-5 before halftime. When asked what she learned about her team from this game, coach Elaine... ...

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Column: Play ball!

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time for laying out on the Quad, Picnic Day and yes, Major League Baseball. By the time this reaches print, baseball will have already gone through Opening Day (or it’s “second Opening Day” depending on your perspective), and that makes this the perfect time to explore which UC Davis teams match up with squads from the Major Leagues. Baseball: Since we’re comparing UC Davis to the MLB, it seems only natural to begin with the UC Davis baseball team. And my diagnosis will make part of this campus smile and the other parts curse in their chairs. UC Davis baseball provides a striking resemblance to the San Francisco Giants. Both teams will be carried by their pitching staffs, and just as the Giants tout the starting abilities of Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, the Aggies lean heavily on Dayne Quist, Anthony Kubpens and Tom Briner. The UC Davis trio may never receive any Cy Young consideration, but if the... ...

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Aggies even their record

The Aggies entered spring break looking to build some momentum as they prepared to return to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play this week. UC Davis put together some strong performances over the last two weeks, going 2-2 to bring their overall record to 5-5. Monday, March 19 — UC Davis 18, Central Connecticut 6 The Aggies captured their second lacrosse non-conference home game of the season against the Blue Devils. Junior midfielder Hannah Mirza scored a game-high five goals while attacker Elizabeth Datino tied the school record of six assists. Datino, who leads NCAA Division I in points per game, scored four goals for 10 points. Mirza also contributed three assists and a team-leading four draw controls. Freshman Elizabeth Landry and Charlotte Morris each chipped in three goals, junior Anna Geissbuhler added two and freshman Allie Lehner netted one. The Aggies outshot the Blue Devils by a 34-17 margin, won 23 ground balls and cleared 18 of 20 attempts in transition. The six goals allowed marked a season best for... ...

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