UC Davis Downs Iona for 8th Straight Victory

NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona (2-7) played its second game in three days, falling to UC Davis (8-1) by a score of 9-7 in non-conference action at Mazzella Field. The Gaels begin their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule on Sunday but still have one non-league game remaining in early April.

Casey Scully (Huntington, NY) led the Maroon & Gold with three points on one goal and two assists and added three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Kylie Gregory (Bethpage, NY) picked up a pair of goals and recorded two of Iona's season-low four draw controls. Kelsey Sickles (Yorktown, NY) paced the group with four ground balls and matched Scully's three caused turnovers.

The Aggies' Elizabeth Datino led all players with three goals while Christina Corsa, Hannah Mirza, and Gina Hoffmire scored twice each. The visitors held a 26-13 shot advantage and led 12-4 in draw controls.

After falling behind 1-0, Iona pulled even on a sixth-minute free position goal by Scully. UC Davis responded with four straight tallies to pull out to a 5-1 lead and remained ahead through the rest of the contest. The Gaels trailed 8-2 midway through the second half when they put together a 3-0 run to cut the spread to 8-5. Gregory notched her 13th and 14th goals of the year with Brenna Lade (Morristown, NJ) following to increase her season total to ten.

Iona will host nearby Manhattan in the 2011 MAAC opener on Mar. 27. The game is slated for 11:00 am.

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Sophomore attacker Elizabeth Datino scored three goals while three other Aggies each scored two to help UC Davis ride an 8-2 lead into a 9-5 victory over Iona in a non-conference women's collegiate lacrosse game at Mazzella Field Wednesday afternoon.

The Aggies extend their win streak to eight games, improving to 8-1 for the year. The Gaels fall to 2-7 overall.

In addition to Datino's hat trick, sophomore Hannah Mirza and seniors Christina Corsa and Gina Hoffmire each netted two goals. Corsa led UC Davis with two assists, one to start each half. Mirza won a game-high four draw controls, lifting her season total to 39.

Sophomore attacker Kylie Gregory led Iona with two goals.

An early steal by Aggie sophomore Anna Geissbuhler set up Mirza's opener just three minutes into the contest. Junior Casey Scully hit an eight-meter shot in the sixth minute to equalize, then UC Davis answered with a 4-0 run to extend its lead to 5-1 with 5:02 left in the first half.

Datino scored two goals and assisted Corsa on a third during a 3-0 stretch after the halftime break, bumping the Aggie lead to 8-2.

Gregory scored in the 45th and 48th minute to close the gap to four, then Brenna Lade converted a Casey Scully assist to bring the score to 8-5 with 8:55 remaining. However, the Gaels failed to even take a shot for most of the final stretch. Senior Rachael Martinez and sophomore Casey Bowles forced turnovers in the 54th and 56th minutes, respectively, helping UC Davis control possession and protect its lead.

The Aggies outshot their hosts by a 26-13 margin and won 12 of the game's 16 draws.

UC Davis completes its Spring Break road trip with games at Fairfield on Saturday and Long Island on Sunday.


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