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Friday, May 17, 2024

Women’s Lacrosse preview

Teams: UC Davis at High Point; at Davidson; at Virginia Tech
Records: Aggies, 2-0; Panthers, 1-1; Wildcats, 0-2; Hokies 2-1
Where: Vert Stadium — High Point, N.C.; Richardson Stadium — Davidson, N.C.; Thompson Field — Blacksburg, Va.
When:  Today at noon; Thursday at 3 p.m.; Saturday at 9 a.m.
Who to watch: Junior low attacker Elizabeth Datino will look to continue her hot start as she’s had two phenomenal games to kick off the season.

In the UC Davis victory over San Diego State, Datino tallied four goals and two assists. She matched her career-high performance of six goals against Saint Mary’s, including one at a pivotal moment that swung the momentum in the Aggies favor.

Did you know? The Aggies and the Panthers have never played each other.

Three High Point University women’s lacrosse players Grace Gaeng, Sara Kuhlman and Courtney McLaughlin were part of the 2011 NLC All-Tournament Team. Gaeng was named NLC Player of the Year last season.

Preview: The Aggies seek to continue their on-the-road success in North Carolina. The Aggies will kick off the week against High Point, who lost its last game against Virginia Tech on the road by 18-8.

Last year, UC Davis’ overall record was 10-5, while High Point’s was 15-4. Three Panthers made the National Lacrosse Tournament in 2011 and are part of the Preseason National Tournament this year.

The Aggies will face another tough test against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

The Hokies are 2-1 on the season and tallied an impressive 21-4 win over Presbyterian in their season opener.

To come home from this road-trip with some victories the Aggies will need to continue the hard work they put in all offseason.

“Some of [the players] may have been a little scared over the summer [because of the intense competition for playing time],” Head Coach Elaine Jones said , “and they worked harder than they might have otherwise. And knowing how hard they had to work has made them more committed.”

— Veena Bansal


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