Sept. 16, 2002
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Junior George Dingeldein scored two goals in the final 40 seconds to rally UC Davis for the come-from-behind, 12-11, victory over host Cal Baptist in a men's water polo match Monday afternoon on the Cal Baptist campus.
With the win, UC Davis improves its record to 5-1 on the season, including a five-match winning streak.
The game got off to a rocky start as a Cal Baptist player started a fight with the Aggies in the opening quarter. Play was quickly resumed and the Cal Baptist player was ejected from the contest. From that point on it was a hard-fought game with the lead going back-and-fourth.
Trailing by a goal with under a minute to play in the fourth quarter, Dingeldein tied a career-high with his fifth goal of the match, equalling the score at 11-11. Twenty second later, Dingeldein put the Aggies ahead for good as with 20 seconds left, he fired in the game-winner, completing his six-goal game.
In addition to Dingeldein, Jamie Turpen had two goals for UC Davis, as did Brook Rogers. Brian Combs and Patrick Jacobson also scored for the Aggies. Dingeldein and Rogers continued their streak of scoring in each game this season for UC Davis.
In the net, Zack Wordes continued his fine play by registering seven saves.
"We expected this game to be the toughest game of the weekend for us as Cal Baptist is a very good team," said Aggie Head Coach Steve Doten. "Following the fight and their player being ejected, I was extremely impressed and proud with how our players handled themselves. They showed a tremendous amount of character, integrity and sportsmanship throughout the match.
"George was huge for us," Doten continued. "To score six goals in any game is very impressive. The entire team played all four quarters with a lot of intensity and I was happy with that."
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday in Santa Cruz when it faces LaVerne and Redlands.