UC Davis Rallies from Defict to Defeat Saint Mary's

MORAGA, Calif. -- Senior midfielder Gina Hoffmire scored a game-high five goals, including three in a 10-0 second-half start, as UC Davis overcame an 8-5 halftime deficit to capture a 21-12 victory over Saint Mary's in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action Wednesday afternoon.

The Aggies improve to 10-2 overall and 2-1 in MPSF games. The Gaels slip to 2-9 for the year and 1-4 in conference play.

Sophomore Elizabeth Datino provided three goals with two assists, while Anna Geissbuhler and Laura Martin also scored hat tricks. Sophomore Hannah Mirza and junior Vannessa Jamison each tallied two goals and two assists.

Mirza added six draw controls to bring her season total to 52, now four off Megan O'Connor's 2006 school record.

Senior Christina Corsa had two goals with an assist and freshman Meghan Jordan chipped in a 1-1-2 offensive chart to round out the UC Davis scoring load.

SMC sophomore attacker Jillian Chong scored four goals to lead the host.

Chong, Juliet Munroe and Caroline Mahony each netted a pair of goals to help the Gaels craft an 8-5 lead at the break. Sophomore Mariah Walk had an assist and a goal to spark a 3-0 run to break a 5-5 tie before halftime.

However, UC Davis exploded in the second half, scoring 10 unanswered goals in the first 6:30 of the period. Martin struck first, slapping a rebound back into the net past SMC goalkeeper Kathleen Worsdale. Hoffmire converted an eight-meter shot to trim the deficit to one, then Jamison's draw control assisted Mirza's equalizer with 29:00 on the game clock.

Mirza picked up five draw controls in that stretch, each of which led directly to Aggie goals.

After shooting 5 for 14 in the first half, UC Davis improved to 16 for 27 in the second. The Aggies also trimmed their turnovers to just six after the break after giving up 10 in the opening frame. Meanwhile, Saint Mary's committed 26 turnovers for the game, three of which were caused by UC Davis senior co-captain Lauren Boyle.

Wednesday's game marks the fifth time the Aggies have scored 21 or more goals in a game. Oddly, they beat the Gaels by an identical 21-12 decision in a non-league matchup back on February 25.

UC Davis continues MPSF play at home against Denver. Game time from Aggie Stadium is noon.


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