Event: Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship
Teams: UC Davis vs. Denver
Records: Aggies, 5-10 (2-4); Pioneers, 10-6 (4-2)
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium – Palo Alto, Calif.
When: Today at 6 p.m.
Who to watch? Christina Corsa is coming off of a four-goal, two-assist performance in the Aggies 16-13 win over St. Mary’s in their regular season finale.
The sophomore scored on all four of her attempts to bring her season scoring total to 28, tying her with Gina Hoffmire for second on the team. Junior Britt Farquharson leads UC Davis with 36 goals on the year.
Did you know? The match up with Denver will be the Aggies first game of the MPSF end-of-the-season tournament.
If the Aggies win today, they will face tournament host and No. 1 seed Stanford in second round play tomorrow. UC Davis enters as the No. 5 seed.
The Aggies had the same seed last season. They were ousted from contention by No. 4 Oregon in the first round.
Preview: Today’s game will be the second this season between the Aggies and the Pioneers.
Denver ran up the score on UC Davis on Apr. 12 at Aggie Stadium, 18-5. The Aggies pulled within one with 20 minutes left to play before the Pioneers went on a 12-0 run to close the game. The run included six goals in the last 3:14 of the game.
UC Davis will try to avoid a similar result in today’s matchup in Palo Alto. The Aggies have been playing their best lacrosse of late, winning three of their last five games to finish the regular season.
In those three wins, the Aggies scored a combined 46 goals. They need more of the same from Farquharson, Corsa and Hoffmire if they hope to advance in the MPSF tourney.
– John S. Heller