The Central Connecticut (0-9) women's lacrosse team lost a tightly contested 9-7 game to UC Davis (3-8) at home Thursday afternoon. The Blue Devils never led in the contest, but tied the Aggies at one and at two in the first half. Senior captain Stephanie John moved into third place in CCSU history with 106 career points, tallying one goal and one assist in today's loss. The Lisbon, CT native also recorded three ground balls, three caused turnovers and four draw controls on the afternoon.
For the first time this season for the Blue Devils, the game got off to a slow start for both teams. No goals were recorded for the first eight minutes of the game. UC Davis's leading scorer Britt Farquharson got things started off an assist from Christina Corsa. CCSU freshman Alexa Smead tied the game at one just a minute later on an unassisted goal.
After another goal from Farquharson, the freshman combination of Ashley Perkoski and Ashley Mara hooked up to tie the game again at two. Perkoski finished the play for her 11th goal of the season, while Mara tallied her second assist. Two goals in a row by Aggie attacker Patrice Clark put UC Davis up 4-2 with just under seven minutes remaining in the first period. Lyndsey Mastandrea scored for Central followed by Jacklyn Taylor for UC Davis as the Aggies took a 5-3 lead at the half.
Central Connecticut goalkeeper Alice Lee was all over the place in the opening frame, recording 11 saves, as UC Davis attempted 20 total shots. CCSU only got off seven shots, while turning it over three more times than the Aggies. UC Davis also held slight edges in ground balls and draw controls at the half.
John got things started more quickly in the second half as she scored an unassisted goal just 47 seconds into play to bring the Blue Devils within one. The Aggies scored three out of the next four goals to take an 8-5 lead that would prove to be too much for the Blue Devils to come back from. UC Davis went into stall mode, spreading the field and keeping possession of the ball once the game was under ten minutes. Despite second half goals from Courtney Moonie, Michele Conway and Cara Momnie, the Aggies held on and won 9-7 in New Britain, CT.
Junior Courtney Moonie, as well as sophomores Michele Conway and Cara Momnie scored second half goals for CCSU. Lee finished with 15 saves, three ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Blue Devils.
Farquharson finished with four goals and five ground balls on the afternoon to bring her season goal total to 25. Clark added three goals, four ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers for the Aggies. UC Davis goalkeeper Alyssa Cranska totaled 10 saves in the victory.
Central Connecticut falls to 0-9 on the season and will next
play at Bryant on Wednesday April 1 at 7:00 p.m. UC Davis improves
to 3-9 this year and will next play at Villanova on Saturday April
4 at 1:00 p.m.