Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific Field Hockey team will return to its home turf for a pair of showdowns against the NorPac West. First up is No. 3 Stanford on Friday (3:00 pm) followed by UC Davis on Saturday (3:30 pm).
Pacific (4-8, 1-1 NorPac East) is looking to get back into the win column following three straight one-goal losses to open up the month of October. Most recently, the Tigers were edged by UC Davis in a game that saw all three goals scored in the first half.
The Tigers have received a breakout campaign from sophomore Nicole Laskosky, who has tallied 17 points on the year on just 18 shots. She chipped in a first half goal against the Aggies and will look to continue her hot streak against the Cardinal, a team she scored twice against in the October 3rd contest, a game in which the Tigers took the then-No. 5 Ranked Cardinal to the brink before falling in overtime.
Sophomore forward Ali Campos continues to chart high nationally, moving to fifth in the nation in goals per game (1.00). That mark is tops in the NorPac conference. Sophomore Laura Pujade has been stellar in goal, ranking 10th in the nation in save percentage (.775) and 13th in the nation in saves per game (6.58). The Tigers have also seen the benefits of a stout defense, with 6 defensive saves on the season, good for 13th in the nation.
Stanford (14-1) swept the NorPac honors last week, with Maddie Secco taking home Player of the Week honors following a game winning goal against Northwestern and assists on the Cardinal's other scores in the contest. Freshman Katie Keyser took home the Rookie honors after scoring against Michigan.
GK Dulcie Davies took home Defensive Player of the Week honors and continues to impress on the national stage, leading the nation in goals against average (0.67) and save percentage (.848). The Tigers two-goal performance still represents the most against Davies this season.
For UC Davis (4-9), the 2014 season has seen a balanced offensive attack, with four players chipping in four goals and two others adding three apiece. Kayla Wigney and Agustina Singh lead the team in points with 13 each. Freshman goalkeeper Briana Sooy picked up her first career victory against the Tigers.
Prior to the contest against UC Davis, the Tigers will host a field dedication event from 2:00pm until 3:30 pm. All fans are encouraged to come out to the turf early and enjoy the ceremonies as the Tigers officially dedicate their new home facility.
The Live video and stats links for both contests are available via PacificTigers.com. Also, be sure to follow @PacificTigersFH for live updates on gameday.
Following the homecoming weekend homestand, the Tigers will take to the East Coast in games that will have serious NorPac tournament implications. Pacific will battle Liberty and Appalachian State in conference clashes before traveling to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on the No. 1 team in the nation, the North Carolina Tar Heels.