Jamie Garcia provided the perfect ending to the UC Davis field hockey team’s come-from-behind victory over No. 6 Stanford in Sunday’s NorPac opener. The sophomore blasted a shot past Cardinal goalkeeper Dulcie Davies from just inside the penalty arc to seal the Aggies’ 3-2 overtime win.
By earning its first victory over a ranked opponent, and its inaugural win against Stanford (8-3, 2-1 NorPac) since the program returned to action in 2009, UCD improved to 3-7 overall and 1-0 in league.
On the game-winning play, Cloey LemMon — who scored in the first half as the Aggies took a 1-0 lead into intermission — pushed the ball toward teammate Hannah Drawbridge, who was stationed across from Garcia on the penalty corner. Once Drawbridge squeezed the ball to a perfect stop with her stick, Garcia took full advantage, smacking the ball into the cage.
UCD, however, wouldn’t have made it to overtime without the efforts of Stephie Sabraw in the 65th minute.
After Stanford scored consecutive goals to take its first lead of the game in the 55th minute, Sabraw dove and extended her stick to redirect a shot by teammate Megan Reardon into the Cardinal goal.
The good news kept pouring in Monday, as the LemMon, a senior, was named NorPac Offensive Player of the Week, and freshman Agustina Singh earned the conference’s Rookie of the Week award.
UCD men’s soccer
Despite outshooting their guests by a 19-9 margin, the Aggies were unable to hold off No. 6 Cal State Northridge on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s Big West Conference championship match. The Matadors defeated UCD, 2-0, in front of a crowd of 668 fans at Aggie Stadium.
Matt Sheldon had four shots for the Aggies (5-5-1, 1-1-0 Big West), while Alex Aguiar managed three. But only Ryan Gross — a Davis High graduate — and Ramon Martin del Campo could put attempts on goal.
UCD men’s tennis
Three Aggie freshmen capped their impressive debuts with victories on the final day of the Aggie Invitational at the Marya Welch Tennis Center on Sunday.
UCD players made up three of the four semifinal participants in the main draw, and freshman James Wade earned one of two available berths in the finals with a 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4 victory against Oregon’s Jayson Amos.
Aggie freshman Alec Adamson and senior teammate Parker Kelley met in the other semifinal, a duel that ended in Adamson’s favor, 6-3, 6-1.
Competing alongside Wade in doubles competition, UCD freshman Bryce McKelvie helped the duo win the California bracket, beating Nevada’s Billy Baumgartner and Quentin Mege, 8-6.
In Sunday’s round-robin action, Aggie sophomore Mitch Thorp survived a spirited tiebreaker in the third set to defeat James Markiewicz of St. Mary’s, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7).