UC Davis Edges No. 18 Lancers In Home Opener

Chris Richardson scored his fourth hat trick of the year in Friday's 12-11 win over 18th-ranked Cal Baptist.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Sept. 21, 2012

DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomores Chris Richardson and Trevor Allen each scored three goals to help 12th-ranked UC Davis overcome two different two-goal deficits in a 12-11 victory over 18th-ranked Cal Baptist in the opening game of the Aggie Shootout men's water polo tournament at Schaal Aquatics Center Friday evening.

The Aggies improve to 6-4 for the season. The Lancers slip to 2-4 overall.

Richardson scored his three goals on even strength, a 6-on-5 opportunity and a five-meter penalty shot. Allen had a natural goal as CBU returned to even strength in the second quarter, finished a counterattack in the third, then completed his hat trick on a power play later in the third quarter. Junior Bernie Rogers also hit two 6-on-5 goals in aid of UC Davis' scoring output.

CBU senior Chris Vanjoff scored three goals, including two in the final quarter. Keith Jizmejian, Scott Gleason and David Ring also scored two apiece for the Lancers.

Lancer senior Scott Butler drew first blood with a goal from four with 5:55 remaining, then Jizmejian fired in a shot 30 seconds later to give CBU an early 2-0 lead. Richardson put UC Davis on the board with his shot into the low corner at the 3:51 mark, but a David Rodriguez cross-cage lob restored the Lancer lead to two a minute later. Then with 14 seconds left in the first, Aggie center Jared Clapham scored on a rebound and putback to bring the Aggies back to within one.

Baptist held a 5-3 lead halfway through the second quarter behind a pair of successful perimeter shots by Ring and Vanjoff, until UC Davis took its first lead on a run of three unanswered. Rogers converted a 6-on-5 goal at the 4:16 mark, Allen hit his equalizer at 2:42, then senior Matt Vowell found the net on an extra-man opportunity with 1:47 left. However, CBU equalized with 26 seconds remaining in the half when Scott Gleason barred in a missile from six meters out.



The Lancers jumped out to an 8-6 lead after the break as Gleason hit another goal from the perimeter and Jizmejian netted a 6-on-5 goal from the three spot with 5:27 left. But Allen struck back for consecutive goals to tie the game at 8-8: he completed a counterattack at the 4:51 mark, then popped in a 6-on-5 goal after Hank Dickey drew a kickout at two meters.

On the next possession, Ring scored on a second-chance shot to put the Lancers back up by one, then Richardson finished yet another power play with 42 ticks left in the third to tie the contest at 9-9.

Senior Colin Hicks delivered from well beyond the five-meter line to give UC Davis a 10-9 lead early in the fourth, only to have Vanjoff promptly tie the game with an outside shot at the 5:06 mark. Both teams traded key defensive stops until Hicks posted a steal with 2:23 left, prompting Aggie head coach Steve Doten to call a timeout.

On that possession, Dickey drew a five-meter foul and Richardon hit the penalty shot to put UC Davis up by an 11-10 lead. Hicks picked off a Gleason pass for another key steal, then the Aggies managed an eighth power-play opportunity. Rogers punched in the goal to bump the UC Davis lead to 12-10.

Vanjoff completed his hat trick on a 6-on-5 chance with just less than a minute remaining, reducing the margin back to one, and CBU took possession with 22 left in the contest. After expending their final timeout, the Lancers looked to force an overtime. Gleason fired a shot in an effort to hit another outside shot but Richardson stuffed the shot for a field block as the final seconds wound down.

Junior Tony Dito, who took over goalkeeping duties from starter Robert Clemons in the second, finished the game with eight saves. He had a key block with one minute remaining to protect the Aggies' one-goal lead.

Friday's matchup was the first of 18 Aggie Shootout contests for the weekend, and the only one featuring two nationally ranked teams. UC Davis faces Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and La Verne at 10:20 a.m. and 5:20 p.m., respectively, during its Saturday tournament action.

#18 Cal Baptist 3 3 3 2 - 11
#12 UC Davis 2 4 3 3 - 12

GOALS - CBU: Chris Vanjoff 3, Keith Jizmejian 2, Scott Gleason 2, David Ring 2, David Rodriguez 1, Scott Butler 1. UC Davis: Trevor Allen 3, Chris Richardson 3, Bernie Rogers 2, Jared Clapham 1, Anders MacCarthy 1, Matt Vowell 1, Colin Hicks 1.

GOALIE SAVES - CBU: Austen Ramer 5 (32:00). UC Davis: Robert Clemons 2 (8:00), Tony Dito 6 (24:00).