Oct. 17, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. -
Tony Azevedo scored five goals and Thomas Hopkins added three as No.2 Stanford jumped out early and never let up in a 16-8 victory over No.14 UC Davis in a men's non-conference water polo match Sunday afternoon at the Schaal Aquatics Center.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 12-10 overall while Stanford improves to 13-2.
Azevedo scored the first two goals of the game as Stanford took advantage on an early Aggie kickout in the opening minutes. Sam Tyre added another score before Adam Lindsay put the Aggies on the board with just over three minutes remaining in the opening period. David Welch cut the Cardinal lead to 3-2 before Stanford closed out the period with goals from Hopkins and Greg Crum for a 5-2 lead.
Patrick Jacobson opened the second with a goal to cut the lead to 5-3, but Azevedo countered less than a minute later to push the lead back to three. Michael Long's penalty shot with 2:09 remaining in the half cut the lead to three at 8-5, but UC Davis didn't get any closer as Tyre scored just before the buzzer to made it a 9-5 Stanford lead at halftime.
Azevedo scored two more in the third period as the Cardinal opened up a five-goal lead by the end of the quarter. The lead was stretched to nine late in the fourth before Tom Jay's goal at the buzzer made the final score 16-8.
UC Davis was led by Jacobson and Welch with two goals each while Mike McGee had five saves in net. In addition to Azevedo and Hopkins, Crum and Tyre each had a pair of goals while eight Cardinal players scored in all.
UC Davis continues its busy weekend later today with a game against No.1 UCLA beginning at 5pm.
UC DAVIS MEN'S WATER POLO
No.2 Stanford (13-2) 5 4 3 4 - 16
No.14 UC DAVIS (12-10) 2 3 2 1 - 8
UC Davis Goals: David Welch 2, Patrick Jacobson 2, Michael Long, Adam Lindsay, Tom Jay, Conor Duignan.
UC Davis Saves: Mike McGee 5.
Stanford Goals: Tony Azevedo 5, Thomas Hopkins 3, Greg Crum 2, Sam Tyre 2, Will McColl, Peter Varellas, Ryan Fortune, Tyler Drake.
Stanford Saves: Chad Taylor 2, Beau Stockstill 2, Sandy Hohener 2, David Carlson 1.