Conference Play Continues for Field Hockey

Hayley Kilfoil - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography
Hayley Kilfoil - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific field hockey team is back in action this weekend after two weeks off as they play host to America East rivals California on Friday at 3 p.m. then travel to UC Davis on Sunday to tangle with the Aggies at 2 p.m.

The 4-7 Tigers are hunting for their first conference win this season after falling to Stanford and California earlier this season. This will be the second meeting between the Tigers and the Golden Bears as Pacific looks to even the score following the first loss to California, 4-1 with Emma Leach scoring the lone goal for the Tigers.

California is sitting at 7-5 overall and 2-0 in the conference with a win over UC Davis being their only other conference victory as Pacific works to hand the Bears their first conference loss of the 2017-18 campaign.

On Sunday, the Orange and Black travel north to Davis for the first of two meetings this year. In the last six meetings with the Aggies, the Tigers are 5-1 with the Tigers rolling over their America east foe twice, outshooting the Aggies a combined 54-14 and outscoring them 9-4.

Currently, the Aggies are 1-11 and 0-1 in conference play with their sole win coming at the expense of the Bryant University Bulldogs.

For the Tigers, Kriekie van Wyk continues to lead the team in total goals with nine along with points (21) and shots (41). In the nation, van Wyk is 23rd in goals per game and is 28th in points per game averaging 1.91 points per contest.

Senior Emma Leach and sophomore Ash Rutherford lead the Tigers in assists this season as they both have tallied a total of eight over 11 games. The duo also come in at 16th in the country for assists per game with 0.73.

Savannah Burns has proved to be an accurate shot for Pacific as she boasts an impressive 26 shots on goal this season, an average of 2.36 per game.

On the defensive side of the field, primary goalkeeper and newcomer Marlise van Tonder rings in at 16th in the nation for saves per game with 6.91, which has also aided Pacific to be ranked 19th in the country for saves per game.

Friday's game against California will have live stats and a live stream available free of charge on the Pacific Tigers website. Sunday's matchup up against UC Davis will have live stats available, which also be accessible at

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