April 24, 2012

UC Davis Enjoys Record-Setting Season Finale

from press release

DAVIS, Calif. -- Junior midfielder Hannah Mirza scored a career-high eight goals while junior attacker Elizabeth Datino tallied a school-record eight assists, helping UC Davis tie its single-game scoring benchmark in a 24-10 victory over Saint Mary's in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Tuesday afternoon.

The Aggies finish their season at 6-10. The Gaels slip to 3-12 overall. Both teams are members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation but played their league game early in the year.

Datino, who leads all NCAA Division I players in total points, added 12 more on the day, chipping in four goals to go with her assists total. She also extended her season assists record to 47, well ahead of the previous mark of 29.

Freshman Elizabeth Landry netted six goals with team highs of four caused turnovers and five ground balls. Mirza, who scored all eight of her goals before halftime, tied junior Anna Geissbuhler with five draw controls. Geissbuhler and junior defensive wing Stephanie Guercio each had two goals. Freshman Charlotte Morris posted an assist and three assists.

For the Gaels, redshirt freshman Olivia Angulo shot 3-for-3 while junior midfielder Amanda Cross recorded two goals and two assists.

After giving up the game's first goal less than two minutes in, the Aggies responded with four straight to claim the lead for good. Cross later hit back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to 5-4 midway through the first half, only to have UC Davis answer with five straight during the next six minutes. In fact, the Aggies exploded for 10 total goals in a 12-minute stretch before the break to take a 15-5 halftime lead.

UC Davis held a lead of at least 11 goals for the entire second half.Saint Mary's managed to stay relatively competitive in the early going, winning seven of the first nine draws. Gael midfielder Rachel Marinovich had eight of her game-high nine draw controls before the break. But the Aggies won 11 of the 15 in the second half while maintaining a 38-19 shot advantage for the contest.

Datino finishes the season with a school record of 101 total points (54 goals, 47 assists). Her season goals total ranks fifth in school history behind each of Katie McMahon's four seasons. Additionally, Landry's final total of 72 draw controls breaks Mirza's year-old mark of 58.

As a team, UC Davis broke last year's record with 252 draw controls. The Aggies won the NCAA statistical title in that category. Furthermore, their output on Tuesday should return them to the national top 10 in scoring offense.


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