Tigers Fall in Season Finale

Maultsby with the score
Maultsby with the score

Farmville, Va. – Pacific Field Hockey closed its season with a contest against NorPac West Division rival UC Davis on Friday, November 2. Junior Paige Counsman and Melissa Maultsby recorded goals, but the Tigers fell to the Aggies 5-2. 

The loss dropped Pacific to 5-13 for the season, while the victory improved UC Davis to 8-12.

The Tigers fell behind early when Emily Mecke and Maggie Barry found the back of the cage within the first 10 minutes of the contest. The Aggies added another to take a 3-0 lead when Cloey LemMon collected her eighth goal of the season.

However, in a half where Pacific out-shot their opponent 7-6, the Tigers reached the board with Counsman's team-best seventh goal of the season. After a cross pass from Maultsby to the middle of the circle, Counsman won control of the ball from a pair of defenders and knocked it to the back of the cage, cutting the Davis' lead to 3-1.  

Shortly after the Counsman goal, Davis would tack on another just before the end of the half to make it 4-1.

The contest went scoreless in the second half for over 25 minutes until Melissa Maultby tied Counsman with her team-best seventh score of the year. Senior Jenna Vivian controlled the ball on the right side of the cage and passed a perfect cross to Maultsby. With control Maultsby knocked in the goal to cut the lead to 4-2. However, Davis again answered the Maultsby score to make the contest 5-2. 

The Tigers wrapped up the 2012 season with a record of 5-12, and made significant improvements on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Pacific recorded over twice as many goals from the previous season and allowed just under a goal less per game. The Tigers also beat Cal for the first time since 2009, and defeated the then 22nd ranked Michigan State Spartans.