Sept. 15, 2002
REDLANDS, Calif. - Freshman Conor Duignan scored three times and seven other players recorded goals as UC Davis defeated Whittier, 12-5, in their fourth and final game of the Inland Empire Men's Water Polo Tournament Sunday afternoon on the campus of the University of Redlands. Earlier in the day, UC Davis registered its most convincing victory of the young season with a 14-1 win over Occidental.
With the two victories, the Aggies improve to 4-1 on the season and close out the Inland Empire Tournament a perfect 4-0.
In the game against Whittier, UC Davis jumped out to a 4-2 lead following the first quarter then repeated the effort in the second to take an 8-4 lead into halftime. The Aggies put the game away in the third period as they increased their lead to 11-4 before closing out the scoring with one final goal in the fourth period.
Duignan led the way as he registered his first hat trick of the season. Patrick Jacobson and Jonathan Burke each added two goals while Jamie Turpen, Brian Combs, George Dingeldein, Tom Jay and Brook Rogers all added one goal.
In the day's first contest, UC Davis took an early lead and then let the defense carry it to victory in defeating Occidental, 14-1. The Aggies took a 7-0 halftime lead before erupting for seven goals in the third period to put the game away.
Dingeldein led the way as he recorded an Aggie season-high five goals in the game. Nine other Aggies would score in the contest. Zack Wordes got the start in goal for UC Davis and made three saves while Nick Sweetnam came on in the second half to register two saves.
"This was a great way to end the tournament," said Aggie Head Coach Steve Doten. "We came out very strong against Whittier and played a great game. As the game went along we seemed to get stronger.
"Our four victories this weekend were keyed from our defense," Doten continued. "We continue to make progress and have done a very good job of coming out each match and competing the entire game. We improved each game of the tournament and that was nice to see."
UC Davis will conclude its' southern California trip with a Monday afternoon contest against Cal Baptist.
UC DAVIS MEN'S WATER POLO
UC Davis 3 4 7 0 - 14
Occidental 0 0 1 0 - 1
UC Davis Goals: George Dingeldein 5, Jamie Turpen 1, Conor Duignan 1, Jonathan Burke 1, Brook Rogers 1, Tom Jay 1, Dave Smith 1, Aaron Schelegle 1, Patrick Jacobson 1, Dan Patry 1.
UC Davis Saves: Zack Wordes 3, Nick Sweetnam 2.
UC Davis 4 4 3 1 - 12
Whittier 2 2 0 1 - 5
UC Davis Goals: Conor Duignan 3, Jonathan Burke 2, Patrick Jacobson 2, Jamie Turpen 1, Brian Combs 1, Brook Rogers 1, George Dingeldein 1, Tom Jay 1.
UC Davis Saves: Zack Wordes 3, Nick Sweetnam 0.