February 25, 2011

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Corsa Ties School Record in UC Davis Win

from press release

DAVIS, Calif. -- Senior Christina Corsa tied a school record with six assists and was one of five Aggies to score hat tricks, helping UC Davis pile up 15 second-half goals in a 21-12 win over Saint Mary's in non-conference women's collegiate lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Friday afternoon.

The Aggies improve to 2-1 for the season. The Gaels slip to 0-2. Both are members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation; however, the conference matchup between the two teams will not take place until early April.

With her six assists, all in the second half, Corsa matches the record set by Katie McGovern vs. Division III Wittenburg in 2007. The Danville, Calif. native already shares the school season mark of 29. Furthermore, Corsa lifts her career total to 63 - eight away from catching Kelly Albin for the Aggie career standard.

Corsa and sophomore Elizabeth Datino each tallied four goals. Senior Gina Hoffmire, sophomore Hannah Mirza and freshman Meghan Jordan each added three. Anna Geissbuhler and Vannessa Jamison netted two goals each to round out the Aggie offense, which has now scored 21 goals in back-to-back games. Jamison and Jordan each won seven draw controls, helping UC Davis amass a school-record 23.

For Saint Mary's, sophomore Mariah Walk registered three goals while fellow second-year veteran Jillian Chong posted two goals and an assist. Walk was also one of three Gael players with four ground balls, joining Nisa Orozco-McCormick and goalkeeper Kathleen Worsdale.
Corsa hit a pair of eight-meter goals in the first half to help UC Davis craft a 6-3 lead, but Worsdale helped SMC surge to a 4-0 run down the final 12 minutes before halftime. The Aggies' long clear attempt rolled nearly the entire length of the field to Worsdale, setting up a transition goal by Krista Morgan with 11:39 to go. The Gael goalie picked up a blocked shot and cleared it quickly, allowing Chong to cut the lead to 6-5 with 6:48 left. Then Worsdale's interception set the stage for Morgan to assist Munroe on the equalizer with 1:08 remaining. The Gaels led at the break thanks to Holly Hayes' eight-meter goal with less than a second on the first-period clock.

The two teams battled to four ties early in the second half, locking up at 10-10 by the 40th minute. Then with 18:35 left in the second half, Worsdale stopped a pair of Aggie shots and Saint Mary's took position near its defensive restraining line. Corsa swooped in for a stick-check steal of Nisa Orozco-McCormick, won the ground ball, then fired to Datino for the go-ahead goal second later. This play sparked a 9-1 Aggie run over the next 14 minutes of play, effectively sealing the win.

UC Davis outshot Saint Mary's by a 39-19 margin, hitting 15 of 26 after the break. The Aggies also broke 10 Gael clear attempts and won the battle of draw controls, 23-12.

The Aggies return to action in their first East Coast trip, taking on Central Connecticut State on Wednesday, Temple on Friday then passing through the Motor City to face Detroit on Mar. 6.

Saint Mary's (0-2) 7 5 - 12
UC Davis (2-1) 6 15 - 21
GOALS - SMC: Mariah Walk 3, Jillian Chong 2, Krista Morgan 2, Juliet Munroe 2, Sarah Howard 1, Holly Hayes 1, Kassandra Lemons 1. UC Davis: Christina Corsa 4, Elizabeth Datino 4, Gina Hoffmire 3, Hannah Mirza 3, Meghan Jordan 3, Anna Geissbuhler 2, Vannessa Jamison 2.

ASSISTS - SMC: Jillian Chong 1, Krista Morgan 1. UC Davis: Christina Corsa 6, Gina Hoffmire 3, Anna Geissbuhler 2, Hannah Mirza 1.

GOALIE SAVES - SMC: Kathleen Worsdale 10 saves, 21 goals against (60:00). UC Davis: Jordan Majka 5 saves, 12 goals against (60:00).


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