Saint Mary’s scored four of the first five goals in the game and led by a 7-3 score with just under 13 minutes to play in the first half. UC Davis closed the half on a 6-1 run to take the 9-8 advantage into the break.
The Aggies were too tough in the second half, outscoring SMC 11-4 as UCD won 20-12.
Jaclyn Biggers, Krista Morgan and Rachel Minarovich scored three goals apiece to pace the Gaels. Anne Neuweiler, Anna Turpit and Megan Armes each added goals.
The team stats were fairly even throughout the game. UCD held a slim 35-30 edge in shots while each team recorded 19 ground balls. Draw controls were even at 17-17, fouls were even at 29-29 and turnovers were even at 17-17.
The Gaels did not have an answer for UCD’s Elizabeth Landry who scored seven times. Courtney Neff added five goals for the Aggies.
Sydney Pinello came off the bench and had six saves in 42 mintues for SMC.
MInarovich had a team-high five draw controls, good for 81 this season, shattering her previous mark of 75. Armes led the Gaels with six ground balls and four caused turnovers against UCD.
Morgan and MInarovich scored the first two goals of the game and gave SMC an early 2-0 lead. Biggers and Minarovich would push SMC’s lead up to 7-3 at the 12:59 mark in the first half. UCD scored six of the next seven to close the half with an 9-8 lead.
In the second half, UCD scored the first two goals before Morgan scored for SMC to make it 11-9 UCD. The Aggies added three straight scores to up the advantage to 14-9 with 16:55 to play. Biggers scored two quick goals to pull SMC within 14-11 at the 12:02 mark, but that would be as close as the Gaels would get as the Aggies scored five straight.