After a 27-year hiatus, UC Davis field hockey’s inaugural season was ushered in by a slew of youngsters, as 24 of the squad’s 27 players are freshman.
One member of that group, defender Lindsey Valadez, has drawn high praise as she was twice named Rookie of the Week in the NorPac Conference’s West Division.
“Lindsey has been great all year,” said coach Vianney Campos. “Her ability to score as a defender is a great asset for us.”
The Gilroy, Calif. native started all 18 games while leading her team in shots on goal (24) and points (11).
In addition, she’s tied for first on the squad with three assists and was second with four goals. She also registered two saves on defense.
Valadez has shown the ability to perform in high-pressure situations as three of her four goals came in the second half of a match.
– Mark Ling