Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific Field Hockey team will Play Pink to raise awareness for breast cancer research, and honor its senior class on Saturday, Oct. 29 against UC Davis on Brookside Field. The game is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM, with the Senior Day Celebration beginning at 12:45.
This will be the final home contest for a group of three true seniors including Amanda Spellman, Robin Nelson and Lauren Jeanot. Also, it will be an opportunity for fans to recognize four academic seniors, but will have the option to return next fall in; Marleen Canillas, Victoria Matsumoto, Doreen Stern, and Corinne Yeider.
Head coach Linda MacDonald thinks highly of this senior class saying, "they have stuck together for four years, and there has been some great leadership from this group." She added, "they have brought a lot of dedication and energy each and everyday, and for the ones moving on they will be missed."
A Look at the Seniors:
Midfielder and two-time Captain Amanda Spellman has recorded four goals and four assists for the Tigers. Over the span of four years Spellman has started 49 of the 64 games in which she has appeared, including a team leading 32 straight contests heading into Saturday's game. The Gilroy, Calif. native, has also recorded four defensive saves over her impressive career.
Defender Robin Nelson has recorded four career goals including two-game winners. The first coming in Pacific's 7-2 route of Appalachian State to conclude the 2009 season, and second coming in last year's 4-2 win over St. Louis. The Morgan Hill, Calif. native, has earned 25 starts, and has a team-leading 65 appearances for Pacific in her four-year career.
Defender Lauren Jeanot has persevered through injuries to appear in 29 games for the Tigers. The San Jose, Calif. native, has recorded three defensive saves despite the limited playing time.
San Ysidro, Calif. native, Marleen Canillas has appeared in 40 games for the Tigers earning 18 starts. The Midfielder has also contributed one assist in her three years of play.
Forward Victoria Matsumoto has recorded one assist in three years of action for Pacific. The Vista, Calif. native has appeared in 21 games in that span.
San Jose, Calif. native, Doreen Stern has been a fixture for the Pacific defense appearing in 38 contests. Over her three year playing career the defender has made 28 starts.
Defender Corinne Yeider has appeared in 45 games for the Orange and Black. Over her three-year career she has earned 13 starts.
UC Davis Preview:
In the first matchup of these teams, the Tigers battled to a 1-0 halftime lead, but the Aggies took control in the second half leading to a 3-1 victory. It was both teams first NorPac Conference and regular season game of 2011.
The Tigers will look to senior captain Spellman for a lift on offense. The midfielder has a team-high 12 points this season. She will also look for help from sophomore Melissa Maultsby and freshman Tarah Trotter. Each has combined for four goals in 2011.
Defensively the Tigers will turn to junior Emily Trudeau to help stop the Aggie attack. The San Jose, Calif. native, has seven defensive saves this year, which is good for fifth in the country and best in the conference. The Tigers defense has a total of 11 defensive saves on the year.
In goal junior Ashlee Schlesier will look to protect the cage. The San Diego, Calif. native, averages the third most saves per game in the country with 10.31, and is coming off a season high 18 saves against No. 11 Iowa.
Head coach Linda Macdonald is looking to gain some momentum heading into the NorPac Tournament against UC Davis saying, "right now we need to play a good 70 minutes. The team is excited about the system we are running, and hopefully it opens up more opportunities for the offense." She added, "we are at the point of the season where they know what to do, and now it is time for them to go out and play to their potential."
The Tigers will wear their Pink jerseys to raise awareness for breast cancer research. Playing Pink has become a national tradition for field hockey programs across the country. It is an important cause that Pacific Field Hockey feels great being apart of. MacDonald added, "we have players now and in the past with family members and friends that have been effected by this terrible disease, and it is just one small act we can do to help the fight."
The Tigers will travel to Stanford, Calif. looking to make noise at the NorPac Tournament. Game times and dates will be announced early next week.