Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Long, Long Way From Home

Back by popular demand, I have created the second-annual UC Davis women's lacrosse home state map. I say "popular," as it was the most oft-read of my various blog posts last year. So why not make a ratings grab again in 2012?

As you can see, a majority of the 2013 roster – 14 of the 25 players, more precisely – hail from someplace beyond California's borders. On top of that, two of the three Aggie coaches also arrive from out of state. First-year head coach Kate Henwood calls Glen Mills, Pa. home, while assistant coach Amanda Kammes grew up in the Chicago area. Only volunteer assistant Hilary Harkins (Orinda, Calif.) had the grizzly bear on her state flag.

This year's map even stretched outside the U.S. borders what with the addition of freshman Ellie Delich of Coquitlam, British Columbia. She is the second Canadian to play Aggie lacrosse in recent years, joining the great Britt Farquharson (Mississauga, Ontario), who played for UC Davis in 2009 and 2010.

With only 44 percent Californians, women's lacrosse remains the department leader in interstate/international student-athletes. However, men's basketball continues to catch up. The 2012-13 roster has representation from Arizona (Ryan Howley, Corey Hawkins), Utah (Tyler Ott), Washington (Spencer Clayton), Illinois (Tyler Les), Australia (Iggy Nujic) and Canada (Olivier-Paul Betu).

Seven out of 15? One more out-of-state student and they'll get their own map.

- Mark Honbo, assistant director for athletics communications, traveled the shortest possible distance to attend UC Davis, having graduated from Davis High in 1990.

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