Sept. 12, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore John Mann scored five goals and No.4 UC Berkeley broke open a close game midway through the third period with seven straight goals as the Golden Bears defeated No.16 UC Davis, 12-5, in a men's water polo game Sunday afternoon in front of 352 at the Schaal Aquatic Center.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 2-3 on the season while Cal remains unbeaten at 5-0.
The Bears scored the first three goals of the game, all coming in the opening four minutes, to jump to an early lead. Aggie junior Conor Duignan put UC Davis on the board late in the period before Mann's second goal of the quarter gave Cal the 4-1 lead. By halftime the Aggies cut the lead to 5-3 on goals from Patrick Jacobson and Josh McNeely.
UC Davis narrowed the deficit even further in the third when Jacobson got ahead of the field on a counterattack and beat Bear goalie Nate Bennett just over a minute into the period, making it a 5-4 Cal lead. UC Davis got no closer as Brian Bacharach, Mann and Andrija Vasiljevic all scored within a minute and a half stretch to push the lead to 8-4 late in the period. Mann added his fourth of the game late in the quarter to make it 9-4 Cal after three.
Cal added three more goals in the fourth before Jacobson closed out the scoring in the final minute with his third goal of the contest.
For the game Jacobson led the Aggies with his second hat trick of the season while freshman goalie Mike McGee recorded 10 saves in net.
Cal was led by Mann's five goals, while Bacharach and Vasiljevic each added two on the day. Bennett made seven saves in the Cal net while Derek Schauffler added one.
"Against a good team it only takes a minute or two for things to change in a hurry," said Aggie head coach Steve Doten, referring to the stretch late in the third when Cal turned a one-point lead into a four-goal advantage in just over a minute. "I wish I had those two minutes back. We have to put together a full 28 minutes of play. You can't make those kinds of mistakes against a good team like Cal.
"I am proud of our team and how hard the kids played," Doten added. "After a slow start, we came back and had our chances in the middle of the game."
UC Davis will next be in action on Sept. 18-19 at the Southern California Tournament in Los Angeles.
UC DAVIS MEN'S WATER POLO
UC Berkeley (5-0) 4 1 4 3 - 12
UC DAVIS (2-3) 1 2 1 1 - 5
UC Davis Goals: Patrick Jacobson 3, Conor Duignan, Josh McNeely.
UC Davis Saves: Mike McGee 10.
UC Berkeley Goals: John Mann 5, Andrija Vasiljevic 2, Brian Bacharach 2, Kevin Platshon, Cameron Jones, Mike Hayes.
UC Berkeley Saves: Nate Bennett 7, Derek Schauffler 1.