March 26, 2009

UC-Davis Edges Central Connecticut 9-7

from press release

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Junior center Britt Farquharson scored a game-high four goals while senior Patrice Clark added her fourth hat trick of the year, leading UC Davis to a 9-7 win over Central Connecticut State in non-conference collegiate women's lacrosse action at Arute Field Thursday afternoon.

The Aggies snap a month-long losing skid to improve to 3-8. The Blue Devils remain winless, falling to 0-9.

Sophomore Jacklyn Taylor added two goals for UC Davis, while Molly Lapolla provided a pair of assists. Sophomore Alyssa Cranska handled goalkeeing duties for the Aggies, protecting the cage for 10 saves against seven goals.

For CCSU, senior Stephanie John tallied one goal and one assist to lead seven Blue Devils with one score each.

Although UC Davis outshot its host by a 20-7 margin in the first half, neither team took more than a two-goal lead before the halftime break. Farquharson drew first blood, converting an assist from sophomore Christina Corsa in the ninth minute, then converted an unassisted attempt three minutes later to put the score at 2-1. Clark hit back-to-back goals in the 22nd and 24th minutes to extend the Aggie edge to 4-2, and Taylor hit an eight-meter shot with five seconds remaining to bring the tally to 5-3 entering the break.

UC Davis crafted leads of three goals on two occasions in the second half, both on goals by Farquharson and both assisted by Lapolla. Michele Conway scored her eight-meter attempt at the 48:08 mark, then Cara Momnie scored on a John assist 21 seconds later to cut the Aggie lead to a single goal, but CCSU was unable to equalize down the stretch.

Farquharson added five ground balls and two caused turnovers to her offensive contributions. She has now scored 19 goals in the past six games after recording just six in her first five games as an Aggie. Clark won three of her team's nine draw controls, while providing four ground balls and a team-best three steals.

In all, UC Davis held the edge in shots (31-22) and ground balls (22-15), and was successful on 11 of 12 clear attempts in transition.

Thursday's game concludes the first of two trips to the East Coast for the UC Davis lacrosse program. The Aggies return to action for games at Villanova and Howard on April 4 and 6, respectively.

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