Teams: UC Davis vs. Fresno State
Records: Aggies, 1-1 (1-1); Bulldogs, 0-3 (0-2)
Where: Aggie Stadium
When: Saturday at 7 p.m.
Who to watch: For Saturday’s game, it’s not so much who to watch as it is where to watch: between the posts. This season, the Aggie goal has been defended by both Kjersten Nordmeyer and Alyssa Cranska.
Nordmeyer and Cranska have started a game apiece, but both have done better in relief. Cranska was the hero in the win on Sunday in Moraga against St. Mary’s, but Nordmeyer looked better in the season opener at Oregon.
“We’ll definitely be continuing to work both goalies,” coach Elaine Jones said.
Did you know? This is the first year that Fresno State has fielded a women’s lacrosse team. The Bulldogs limp into Davis off three straight 19-point losses to California, Stanford and Canisius. They have been outscored 59-2 this season.
Preview: Despite Fresno State’s early-season struggles, UC Davis still needs to take the Bulldogs seriously.
It would be easy for the Aggies to have a bit of a let down after playing division-leading Stanford on Wednesday, let alone the fact that they’ll be playing a disgruntled Bulldogs team trying to bite them.
“I would hope they wouldn’t have a let down,” Jones said of her young team.
The Aggies have already showed grit, capturing a gutsy double-overtime win at St. Mary’s on Sunday.
“They sure did show some resiliency,” Jones said.
The Aggies will look to get up on Fresno State early to make sure that the Bulldogs don’t steal one from them in Aggie Stadium.
“We still need to learn how to play a full 60 minutes,” Jones said.
If the Aggies can play a full 60 minutes on Saturday, then they should be able to pick up a conference win at home.
– John Heller