Vowell, Allen Lead No. 16 UC Davis To Rodeo Win

Senior Matt Vowell scored a career-high four goals in Saturday's Rodeo tournament win over Fresno Pacific.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Oct. 20, 2012

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Senior Matt Vowell and sophomore Trevor Allen each scored four goals to lead 16th-ranked UC Davis to an 18-9 victory over Fresno Pacific on the first day of the Rodeo men's water polo tournament at Santa Clara's Sullivan Aquatic Center Saturday.

The Aggies snap a streak of three straight losses - all to nationally ranked opposition - in improving to 12-11 for the year.

Vowell's output represents his career high while Allen ties his personal best, set a week ago at Air Force. Sophomore Chris Richardson added three goals, Colin Hicks chipped in two more while five other UC Davis players each netted one. Freshman driver Daniel Seymour scored four goals to lead the Sunbirds.

UC Davis fell behind quickly as FPU senior Glenn Lyon scored just seven seconds into the contest. Although Hicks equalized on the next trip down, the Sunbirds regained the lead twice in the opening period, first on Seymour's 6-on-5 goal at the 5:21 mark to make it 2-1; then on Seymour's natural goal with 2:31 remaining. However, Vowell and junior defender Stuart Dooley scored in succession to give the Aggies a 4-3 lead.

The two teams battled to ties at 4-4 and 5-5 before Richardson's five-meter penalty shot ignited a 3-0 scoring run, giving the Aggies an 8-5 halftime edge. UC Davis piled up six goals in the third to separate to a 14-7 edge. Allen, who scored in each of the second and third periods, added two more in the fourth to help seal the victory.

In all, the Aggies enjoyed an 8-2 run from the start of the second quarter to the 4:19 mark in the third.

The three-day Rodeo tournament concludes on Sunday. The Aggies take on 12th-ranked Brown at 9:20 a.m. followed by 17th-ranked Bucknell at 1:20 to complete their weekend.



The Rodeo Tournament, Day 1
Sullivan Aquatics Center • Santa Clara, Calif.
UC Davis games only.

Fresno Pacific (10-9) 4 1 2 2 - 18
#16 UC Davis (12-11) 4 4 6 4 - 18

GOALS - FPU: Daniel Seymour 4, Zlatko Vlasic 2, Glenn Lyon 1, Dan Wilson 1, Sascha Ludwig 1. UC Davis: Matt Vowell 4, Trevor Allen 4, Chris Richardson 3, Colin Hicks 2, Stuart Dooley 1, Teddy Nicholson 1, Hank Dickey 1, Jared Clapham 1, Evan MacCarthy 1.