No. 12 UC Davis Drops Two At SoCal

Bernie Rogers scored three goals in Saturday's nightcap against WWPA foe Air Force.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Sept. 29, 2012

GOLETA, Calif. - Despite a hat trick from junior Bernie Rogers and four total goals from sophomore Chris Richardson, No. 12 UC Davis dropped both of its games at the SoCal Invitational men's water polo tournament at Dos Pueblos High School Saturday. The Aggies fell to No. 5 UC Irvine, 13-7, then were edged by Western Water Polo Association leaguemate Air Force by a 12-11 final.

UC Davis falls to 10-6 for the season and 9-2 in WWPA matchups.

Richardson and seniors Matt Vowell and Jared Clapham each had two goals in the morning loss to UC Irvine. The Aggies spotted the Anteaters a 6-1 lead through the first quarter and trailed 8-3 at the halftime break.

In Saturday's nightcap, UC Davis battled back from a 6-4 halftime deficit to tie the contest at 9-9 through three quarters, but junior Josh Stedman tallied four goals for the Falcons to hang on to a mild upset. Rogers netted three goals while Richardson and sophomore Trevor Allen each hit a pair.

Junior goalkeeper Tony Dito played all eight quarters for the Aggies. He posted six saves against UCI followed by a career-high 13 against Air Force.

The Aggies open Sunday's action against St. Francis, then will face either Santa Clara or Princeton in the 12th- through 16th-place pool. Both UC Davis games take place at UC Santa Barbara's Campus Pool.

Dos Pueblos HS/UC Santa Barbara

#12 UC Davis 1 2 2 2 - 7
#5 UC Irvine 6 2 3 2 - 13

GOALS - UC Davis: Jared Clapham 2, Chris Richardson 2, Matt Vowell 2, Austin Beckwith 1. UCI: Bojan Hrlec 3, Nick Pfeil 1, Kyle Adama 1, Alan Robertson 1, Mitch Wise 1, Jacob Mourer 1, Winston Newland 1, Pablo Carballo 1, Kyle Kittzlitz 1.

GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Tony Dito 6 (32:00). UCI: not available.

#14 Air Force 3 3 3 3 - 12
#12 UC Davis 3 1 5 2 - 11

GOALS - AFA: Josh Stedman 4, Cruz Smithson 3, Max Reilly 2, Petar Jackovich 1, Jantz Johnson 1, Andrew Hamilton 1. UC Davis: Bernie Rogers 3, Chris Richardson 2, Trevor Allen 2, Matt Vowell 1, Anders MacCarthy 1, Hank Dickey 1, Stuart Dooley 1.

GOALIE SAVES - AFA: not available. UC Davis: Tony Dito 13 (32:00).