March 8, 2014

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Doyle's Late Goal Lifts UC Davis Over Cal

from press release

DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore Mary Doyle scored on an eight-meter with 17 seconds remaining in regulation while junior Elizabeth Landry tallied a game-high four goals to lift UC Davis to an 8-7 comeback victory over California in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Aggies, picking up their first win over the Golden Bears since 2010 and only their second in the past decade, remain unbeaten at 3-0.

Landry had three of her goals in UC Davis' 5-0 comeback run in the second half. Doyle scored two, both after the break. Freshman Melissa Kellan and junior Troy Cragen each tallied one. Cragen's goal, her first in almost exactly two years, equalized the game at 6-6 after what had been a 5-1 Cal lead in the first half. In all, UC Davis shot 6 of 8 on free positions.

Paige Gasparino netted two goals to lead six Golden Bear scorers. Lizz Lavie had two assists.

UC Davis surrendered four unanswered goals in the first half to spot its guest a 5-1 lead through the first 21 minutes. Landry cut the deficit to 5-2 with her eight-meter goal in the 30th minute. Neither team managed to alter the board until Lavie fed Gaby Christman for a goal in the 42nd, boosting the Cal lead to four.

The Aggies answered with a flurry of goals during a five-minute span. Landry and Doyle each connected on unassisted drives in the 46th minute, cutting the margin to 6-4. Landry struck again in the 49th with her eight-meter, than Cragen planted the game-tying goal in the 50th. Landry finally gave UC Davis its first lead with yet another free-position conversion with 7:26 remaining, but Burke won the ensuing draw and Gasparino promptly tied the game at 7-7.
 
Christman gave Cal two opportunities to regain the lead with key steals down the stretch, but Murphy stopped shots by Bella Huther and Paige Gasparino in those respective possessions. After that second save, Allie Lehner won the loose ball and was fouled hard to start the clear attempt. That forced the Golden Bears into short-handed mode. On the attacking end, Doyle drew another eight-meter on a pushing foul. She went straight for the cage and blasted her shot past the Cal goalkeeper for the winner.

Christman won the following draw to give the Golden Bears one final chance to force an overtime but the visitors were unable to get a shot off in time.

Junior goalkeeper Kai Murphy posted eight saves against the seven goals. Doyle led the Aggies with two caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls. Landry won three of her team's nine draw controls.

UC Davis opens 3-0 for the first time since 2000, when the team went 15-2 for the year and achieved as high as a No. 2 national rank. The Aggies return to action against Siena at 7 p.m. on Monday night, part of a three-game homestand.


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