Oct. 17, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Brett Ormsby scored five goals and the Bruins withstood numerous Aggie rallies as No.1 UCLA avoided the upset and defeated No.14 UC Davis 7-5 in a men's non-conference water polo match Sunday afternoon at the Schaal Aquatics Center. Earlier in the day the Aggies dropped a 16-8 decision against the nation's second-ranked team, Stanford.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 12-11 overall while UCLA improves to 15-2.
After a quick score in the opening minute by Ormsby, the game slowed as that was the only goal of the period. Ormsby scored again in the second before Michael Long's penalty shot cut the lead in half at 2-1 with just over two minutes remaining in the half. Ormsby sandwiched a pair of goals around a Patrick Jacobson score for UC Davis to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead at halftime.
UC Davis came out strong in the third as Jacobson added his second of the game to cut the lead to one. The Aggies then had two consecutive counterattacks with Kevin Bacharach going one-on-one with the Bruin goalie, Joseph Axelrad. Both times Bacharach came up empty, keeping it a one-goal game. A Josh Hewko score along with another Ormsby goal gave UCLA some breathing room at 6-3 after three periods.
In the fourth UC Davis scored the first two goals to cut the lead to 6-5 with just under five minutes to play. But that was it as Ormsby capped the scoring at the 3:36 mark by converting a penalty shot for the final margin of victory.
For the game UC Davis goalie Mike McGee matched his season-high with 12 saves while Axelrad finished with five.
"It was a great game and I'm really proud of our guys," said Aggie head coach Steve Doten. "To play Stanford earlier in the day and then come back and give this kind of effort against the top team in the nation says a lot about their character.
"We had chances," Doten continued. "We had three breakaway opportunities and came up empty. If we convert on one or two of those who knows what might have happened."
UC Davis is next in action on Oct. 28 when it hosts BYU-Hawaii at the Schaal Aquatics Center. Gametime is set for 6:30 p.m.
UC DAVIS MEN'S WATER POLO
No.1 UCLA (15-2) 1 3 2 1 - 7
No.14 UC DAVIS (12-11) 0 2 1 2 - 5
UC Davis Goals: Michael Long 2, Patrick Jacobson 2, Tom Jay.
UC Davis Saves: Mike McGee 12.
UCLA Goals: Brett Ormsby 5, Josh Hewko, Michael March.
UCLA Saves: Joseph Axelrad 5.