Sept. 22, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. -
Sophomore utility Chris Richardson scored a total of 10 goals as No. 12 UC Davis posted a 13-7 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps then a 15-11 victory over La Verne on the second day of action at the Aggie Shootout men's water polo tournament at Schaal Aquatics Center Saturday.
The Aggies improve to 7-4 for the season, and 7-1 against Western Water Polo Association teams.
Richardson scored six goals in the morning victory over CMS, including four of his team's nine after the halftime break. Senior Colin Hicks added a hat trick against the Stags while senior Matt Vowell converted a pair of extra-man opportunities in the win. As a team, UC Davis scored seven goals on 6-on-5 chances and netted two five-meter penalty shots against the Stags.
In Saturday's nightcap, Richardson added four more scores, with three after halftime. Hicks, junior Bernie Rogers and sophomore Trevor Allen added two.
The Aggies struggled offensively early against CMS, battling to a 2-2 tie through the first quarter, a 3-3 tie late in the second and a 5-5 deadlock midway through the third. Richardson and Rogers each hit 6-on-5 goals to spark a 5-1 rally, giving UC Davis a 9-6 lead early in the fourth quarter. Hicks and Richardson accounted for four of the Aggies' five goals in the final period to help close out the win.
Against La Verne, Allen scored with 13 seconds left in the first quarter and two minutes into the second to lift UC Davis to a 6-3 lead. Leopard freshman Troy Williams and senior Cooper Durette each hit extra-man goals to close the gap to one. After Aggie senior Anders MacCarthy completed a power play to bump his team's lead up 8-6, Jordan Ashley struck for ULV to cut the margin back to one with 3:32 left in the third.
Richardson exploded for two goals to restore the Aggie lead to three with a minute left in the third. He later netted two goals in a 3-0 UC Davis run to help clinch the victory.
The Aggies continue tournament play with games against Chapman and Santa Clara at 9:10 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. on Sunday. The three-day Aggie Shootout consists of nine teams playing a total of 18 contests, mostly from dawn to twilight on Saturday and Sunday.