UC Davis Places 12th At Tough NorCal Invite

Junior Chris Richardson scored five goals in Sunday's 12th-place game against Concordia.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Sept. 22, 2013

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. - Despite a total of eight goals from junior utility Chris Richardson, 13th-ranked UC Davis came out on the losing end against two Irvine-based programs at the NorCal Invitational men's water polo tournament at Diablo Valley College on Sunday. The Aggies lost to No. 7 UC Irvine in a 12-11 overtime thriller, then fell to No. 16 Concordia of Irvine by a 14-12 score in the tourney's 11th-place game.

UC Davis moves to 3-5 for the year.

Richardson netted a season-high five goals in the late loss to CUI while senior Bernie Rogers added a hat trick and junior Trevor Allen added another two scores. That trio each hit two goals in the Aggies' six-goal third quarter, turning a 5-3 halftime deficit into a 9-9 tie. Richardson struck again on a 6-on-5 chance just a minute into the fourth to boost UC Davis to a 10-9 lead, but the Eagles surged for four of the game's next five goals in taking a 13-11 edge. Rogers completed his hat trick with 59 ticks left in the game but the Aggies could not equalize.

UC Davis converted 5 of 12 extra-man opportunities, plus both five-meter penalty shots, in the loss to CUI. Senior center Jacob Pril led the Eagles with five goals while junior Stefano Ragosa chipped in a hat trick.

In Sunday's opener, UC Davis rallied back from an early 5-2 deficit to take a 10-9 lead in the fourth quarter before falling by a 12-11 final in overtime against seventh-ranked UC Irvine. Richardson scored three goals against the Anteaters while Rogers, Nicholson and Austin Beckwith each added two.

UCI stormed to a 4-1 during the first six minutes of play before Aggie sophomore Alex Bagdasarian interrupted the run with a goal in the final minute of the first quarter. Junior driver Alan Robertson put the `Eaters back to a 5-2 edge with his goal at 6:31 in the first before Richardson's 6-on-5 conversion and Rogers' natural goal brought UC Davis to within a goal with 4:50 to go. Jacob Mourer scored on a power play to make it 6-4 in UCI's favor bfeore Rogers and Beckwith each notched goals to tie the game at 6-6. Mitch Wise scored the second of his five total goals to send Irvine to a 7-6 lead at the break.



The Aggies overcame an 8-6 hole in the third when Nicholson and Richardson scored back-to-back to even the matchup. UC Davis took a one-goal lead in the fourth on Nicholson's successful 6-on-5 chance with less than five minutes left, setting the board at 10-9. However, freshman Kyle Trush completed a UCI extra-man opportunity with a minute to go, tying the contest at 10-10. Wise and Trush scored in each overtime segment to boost the `Eaters to a 12-10 advantage. Beckwith scored with 40 seconds left but UC Davis was unable to force a sudden-victory period.

A win against UC Irvine would have marked the Aggie program's first victory over a Top 7 team since Oct. 21, 2007, when Nick Arrigo's buzzer-beater finished a 9-8 upset against then-No. 6 Long Beach State.

UC Davis returns home to host California, Redlands, Santa Clara and Fresno Pacific in the two-day Aggie Shootout tournament from Sept. 28-29.

Cal Spieker Aquatics Center/Diablo Valley College
UC Davis games only.

#13 UC Davis 2 4 3 1 0 1 - 11
#7 UC Irvine 4 3 1 2 1 1 - 12

GOALS - UC Davis: Chris Richardson 3, Bernie Rogers 2, Teddy Nicholson 2, Austin Beckwith 2, Alex Bagdasarian 1, Zoltan Lazar 1. UCI: Mitch Wise 5, Alan Robertson 2, Kyle Trush 2, Pablo Carballo 1, Justin Papa 1, Jacob Mourer 1.

#16 Concordia 2 3 4 4 - 14
#13 UC Davis 1 2 6 3 - 12

GOALS - UC Davis: Chris Richardson 5, Bernie Rogers 3, Trevor Allen 2, Teddy Nicholson 1, Tyler Elliott 1. CUI: Jacob Pril 5, Stefano Ragosa 3, Wyatt Woodword 2, Kevin Reichel 1, Andras Antal 1, Trey Davis 1, David Jorth 1.