Price leads Laxcats to 2 wins
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Senior Dan McCarthy catches the ball over a defender at a match against Chapman University Sunday afternoon. The Laxcats defeated Chapman 18-11 Sunday and UCLA 16-10 Saturday to end a four-game losing streak.
The Price was right for the UA Laxcats this weekend as senior attackman Dan Price led Arizona to convincing wins over UCLA and Chapman.
Price's five first-quarter goals helped Arizona (4-5) stop a four-game losing streak by defeating the Bruins Saturday 16-10. Price, who finished the game with seven goals, was the key player in running the offense.
Head coach Mickey-Miles Felton said Price is the offense's leader.
"Dan is such a valuable player to us on offense," Felton said. "He really came out and set the tone for the weekend for us with the five early goals against UCLA."
With defensemen Phil Guiliano and Tom Christian injured, Arizona had only three defensive starters and was able to get the job done by steadily hassling the Bruins' offense.
Defenseman Jeff Cady said the defense needed to work together and keep the opponent from getting too many shots on freshman goalie Jesse Carlaftes.
"We have to work on getting back during transitions and keeping the backside covered," Cady said.
In Sunday's match, Price did his damage by setting up his teammates, instead of scoring goals himself. Price had six assists helping sophomore Matt Wilkens and freshman Matt Green score five goals apiece in an 18-11 victory.
Women's lacrosse wins 2 more
Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Unfortunately, the weather in Arizona was offering up heat Saturday and wind Sunday, but it didn't matter as the UA women's lacrosse team avenged two earlier losses.
The Wildcats (3-4) overcame Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo 8-7 Saturday and UC-Santa Barbara 10-8 Sunday, paying back both clubs for identical 10-4 losses.
"It's like I've said before, we're pretty much better than any other team in this league," UA head coach Josh Dreiband said. "Now we've shown it."
Arizona has turned it around after starting 0-4.
"A lot," said sophomore attacker Praecia Costley in regards to how much the team has improved.
Still, offense didn't win the games for Arizona.
"Defensively we held them both off, which was really good," Costley said.
The Wildcats opened up a 7-2 halftime lead, only to see UCSB close the score to 7-6. But Arizona senior Sarah Schier scored with 16 minutes, 35 seconds left, and freshman Laurie Bodmer scored her third goal just seconds later to push the lead to 9-6.
Two late goals by UCSB cut it to 9-8, but junior Erin Bradbury's second goal and solid play by UA freshman goalie Kim McDonough helped stop the Gauchos' rally.
"She came out strong today," Costley said of McDonough. "She's improved 100 percent since the start of the season."- Chris Jackson
Wildcat volleyball sweeps weekend matches
The No. 1-ranked men's club volleyball team swept this weekend's matches at Stanford and California. The Wildcats are now 21-4 overall, while maintaining their undefeated record against club teams.
Friday's win against Division I Stanford gave the Wildcats a 2-4 record against varsity teams. Despite some key injuries, the Cardinal was able to take the first set 16-14, only for the Wildcats to respond 15-7, 15-8, 16-14 to take the match.
UA head coach Steve Carlat gave credit to the entire team.
"All of the players stepped up and played (well)," he said. "We had several of our players like Mike Stowell and Vince Rooney who were questionable due to injury and still came out and played at a high level."
Saturday's match against California, a fellow club team, was easily won by the Wildcats 15-6, 15-2, 13-15, 15-6. - Joshua McClain
Rugby team rolls through weekend
The UA rugby team defeated UCLA and Long Beach State by the combined score of 76-3 this weekend, staying tied for first place in the SoCal Conference.
Arizona has been on a roll since its only conference loss to UC-Santa Barbara. In the last four games Arizona has scored 167 points while giving up 23.The Wildcats used Friday's 53-0 win against the Bruins as a chance to get many new players on the field while keeping the starters rested up for LBSU Sunday.
Head coach Dave Sitton said seven of the team's tries were scored by players who hadn't scored yet.
"Everyone played well," he said. "A lot of guys saw their first significant varsity playing time, and they all came through for us."
In their 23-3 victory over LBSU, the Wildcats got their scoring from more familiar players like Al Lakomskis and Zach Harrison.
Harrison, a flyback and also the place kicker on scoring conversions, dislocated his elbow on a late hit and will be out for at least three weeks, Sitton said.Sitton said Chris Kron and Mike Fair will share place-kicking duties, but Harrison's play will be missed. -Chris Reimer