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UC Davis athletics: The Aggies will fit you to a T(-shirt)

By From page ONC3 | September 25, 2013

The city of Davis and UC Davis have had a long and illustrious relationship.

It’s hard to to take three steps in downtown Davis without running into someone — young and old alike — wearing a UCD T-shirt or hoodie. And just like the shops have Aggie apparel to fit all fans, the athletic squads provide a variety of action to keep everyone entertained.

UCD has more than 600 athletes competing on 23 varsity teams. The Aggies have captured more than 24 team conference championships at the Division I level.

Want to soak up the last days of summer lounging under the sun, take in a football game. Looking for a little less contact and air conditioning, take in a volleyball match. UCD sports teams schedules are available at www. ucdavisaggies.com.

The Aggie have a long and prosperous history of collegiate athletics, with the bulk of success coming at the DII level. UCD captured six Director’s Cups, including its final four years in DII — before starting the move up to Division I (I-AA football only) in 2003. All varsity sports reached DI status by the 2007-08 school year.

This is UCD’s second year competing in the Big Sky for football. The majority of sports compete in the Big West Conference, except for men’s water polo (Western Water Polo Association), gymnastics (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), lacrosse (MPSF), women’s swimming (MPSF) and field hockey (NorPac).

The Aggie football squad — under the guidance of first-year head coach Ron Gould — started the season 0-4. The Aggies fell to South Dakota (10-7), Nevada (36-7), Northern Arizona (21-10) and Portland State (41-10). UCD has four remaining home games: Idaho State (Saturday, 6 p.m.), Homecoming against Montana (Oct. 12, 4 p.m.), parent and family weekend against Cal Poly (Nov. 2, 4 p.m.) and North Dakota (Nov. 16, 4 p.m.)

While it’s not a home game, the football match up not to miss this year is the 60th annual Causeway Classic against Sacramento State at Hornet Field at 3:30 p.m.

Aggie Stadium — literally a carved-out niche — is at the corner of Hutchison and La Rue roads and home to football, lacrosse and field hockey matches. It is in the same corner of the campus as the Schaal Aquatics Center, home of UCD swimming, diving and water polo.

To catch additional sporting events, head north on La Rue and turn into Parking Lot 25. The Pavilion is home to UCD men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics and volleyball. Aggie Soccer Field and Dobbins Stadium (baseball) are berm-to-berm, and a short walk along the underpass leads to LaRue Field (softball).

Track and field events take place on Woody Wilson track at the corner of Russell Boulevard and A Street.

What not to miss:
Baseball: The Aggies’ season promises to be full of hard hits and strong arms behind three returning Big West All-Conference Team selections. Remember the names Tino Lipson, Nick Lyncy and Steven Patterson. Come spring, head to Dobbins Stadium, grab a drink and a dog and enjoy.

Men’s and women’s basketball: Both Aggies squads have packed their schedules full of top-notch competition at home. The men’s team takes on Sacramento State (Nov. 26), followed by Idaho (Nov. 30) and Nevada (Dec. 7). UCD is paced by Corey Hawkins, who captured the Big West Scoring Title (20.3 ppg) in his first season.
The women’s squad has a solid home-game slate taking on USC (Nov. 8) and San Jose State (Nov. 26). However, it’s their away game against Connecticut (Dec. 5) — with the promise of the Huskies heading west in the 2014-15 season — that has fans drooling.

Men’s and women’s cross country: Davis runners are consistently some of the best in the conference. The Aggies play host to the Doc Adams Open on Nov. 9.

Field hockey: In a sport dominated by East Coast teams, the Aggies spend most of the season on the road. UCD has three remaining home contests played at Aggie Stadium: Stanford (Oct. 6), Cal (Oct. 13) and University of Pacific (Nov. 1).

Football: The inaugural season of Ron Gould features some high-octane Big Sky match ups at Aggie Stadium. UCD takes on Idaho State (Saturday, Sept. 28), Montana (Homecoming, Oct. 12), Cal Poly (Nov. 2) and North Dakota (Nov. 16).

Men’s soccer: The Aggies always put on a good show for the home crowd. The men’s squad takes on Sacramento State Oct. 26 in Causeway Cup action.

Women’s soccer: The UCD women’s team lights up the pitch with crisp passing and stellar play. Make sure to catch the Aggies when they take on Cal Poly (Oct. 31) and UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 3).

Softball: Although this is a spring sport, the Aggies have four games — two at home – this fall. UCD will take on Sonoma State in a doubleheader Oct. 26. Game times are at noon and 2 p.m.

Men’s and women’s track and field: UCD transitions from distance running to the outdoor track and field season at the beginning of the year. The highlight of the season is the Woody Wilson Classic, which runs on Picnic Day.

Volleyball: The Aggies are bumping the competition all around the court this season. There are eight home matches remaining this year. UCD changed the time for three of its homes games — Long Beach State (Oct. 12), Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 2) and Cal Poly (Nov. 16) — to 2 p.m. to make them doubleheaders with the football games.

Men’s and women’s water polo: The men’s squad is hosting the Aggie Shootout Sept. 28-29. This two-day tournament features Cal, Redlands, Santa Clara and Fresno Pacific. The women’s squad plays in the spring and hosts their own Aggie Shootout.

Kim Orendor

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