Oct. 4, 2003
PALO ALTO, Calif. -
Senior George Dingeldein and sophomore Patrick Jacobson each had two goals as No.18 UC Davis recorded its biggest win of the season with a 7-5 victory over No.12 Navy in second-round play at the NorCal men's water polo tournament Saturday afternoon at the Avery Aquatic Center.
In the opening round the Aggies dropped an 11-4 decision to No.3 Pepperdine. With the split the Aggies move to 8-5 on the season.
Against Navy, the Aggies jumped out early, taking a 3-0 lead before Navy could get on the board. At halftime the score was tied at 3-3 before UC Davis opened up the game in the second half. A key play in the second came when sophomore Conor Duignan drew a kickout against Navy which led to a Dingeldein score, giving the Aggies a two-goal lead they would not relinquish.
"The guys really rebounded after Pepperdine and played a great game," said Aggie head coach Steve Doten. "Our defensive effort was outstanding and Zach (Wordes) did a great job in the cage. It was an all-around team effort against a good, tough opponent."
In addition to Dingeldein and Jacobson, Josh McNeely, Jamie Turpen and Tom Jay each had goals for UC Davis.
In the day's first game, Michael Hausmann scored two of his three goals in the first period to lead third-ranked Pepperdine to an 11-4 victory over the Aggies. Eight different players scored for Pepperdine while freshman David Welch led UC Davis with two goals. Turpen and McNeely also scored against the Waves.
"We played tough and stuck to our gameplan against Pepperdine," said Doten. "They have a lot of talent and our guys played hard all four quarters."
UC Davis will face the winner of Saturday's UC Santa Barbara / Santa Clara match on Sunday morning. Play concludes at the 2003 NorCal Tournament with one final match Sunday afternoon.
UC DAVIS MEN'S WATER POLO
No.18 UC DAVIS 0 0 3 1 - 4
No.3 Pepperdine 3 2 4 2 - 11
UC Davis Goals: David Welch 2, Jamie Turpen, Josh McNeely
UC Davis Saves: Zach Wordes 2
No.18 UC DAVIS 2 1 2 2 - 7
No.12 Navy 0 3 2 0 - 5
UC Davis Goals: George Dingeldein 2, Patrick Jacobson 2, Josh McNeely, Tom Jay, Jamie Turpen
UC Davis Saves: Zach Wordes 12