UC Davis Falls to No. 7 Stanford in Season Finale

DAVIS, Calif. -- Senior Christina Corsa and sophomore Hannah Mirza each tallied hat tricks to help UC Davis put up an early battle with seventh-ranked Stanford before falling by a 21-9 final in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse game at Aggie Stadium Wednesday evening.

The Aggies finish their season with a 10-5 overall record and a 2-4 ledger in conference. The Cardinal improve to 14-1 overall and close out the MPSF slate with a perfect 6-0 mark, clinching the regular-season title.

Joining Corsa and Mirza in the scoring column were Vannessa Jamison, Elizabeth Datino and Gina Hoffmire with one goal each. Jamison also had two assists to lead UC Davis in that category, while Mirza scooped up three more draw controls to surpass Megan O'Connor for the school season record.

For Stanford, senior Lauren Schmidt led all players with four goals while Leslie Foard added three goals, three assists and four draw controls. Catherine Swanson and Jacqueline Candelaria also had hat tricks.

The Aggies jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first six-plus minutes. Mirza, Hoffmire and Corsa netted unassisted scores to boost UC Davis to a 3-0 start after 3:36, then Datino assisted Corsa for another score with 23:42 on the first-half clock. Foard picked up an assist (to Sarah Flynn) and a goal to help Stanford equalize at 4-4, then Corsa connected with Mirza in transition to put the Aggies back up by one a minute later.

After Foard's draw control led to her own goal with 19:34 left, Corsa won the next draw to give UC Davis another go-ahead chance. Datino sent a pass inside the arc to Geissbuhler, who planted her shot into the net to give her team a 6-5 edge. However, Stanford took advantage of an Aggie yellow card with two player-up goals, igniting a 7-0 run. The Cardinal held a 13-7 lead at the break, then scored six straight to open the second half.

Stanford won 19 of the game's 32 draws to help build its two major scoring runs, and held a slight 31-26 edge in shots. The Aggies committed only 12 turnovers, including just four after the break, but struggled to 2 for 10 shooting in the second half.

The two teams rated among the nation's top three scoring offenses entering the contest. UC Davis, which led Division I for most of the year, averaged 16.00 goals per game to rank third. Stanford had moved ahead after the previous week, sitting second behind Maryland with a 16.14 clip.

Wednesday's game served as the career finale for six UC Davis seniors: Corsa, Hoffmire, Alyse Lasater, Laura Martin, Lauren Boyle and Rachael Martinez. Corsa finishes her career with 192 points, good for third in school history. Hoffmire closed out her career with 143 goals, second in the Aggie record book.

2011-04-21



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