No. 11 Aggies Drop Two At The Rodeo

Teddy Nicholson posted his first hat trick of the year in Sunday morning's battle with Harvard.<br>(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communication)
Teddy Nicholson posted his first hat trick of the year in Sunday morning's battle with Harvard.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communication)

Oct. 27, 2013

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Juniors Teddy Nicholson and Trevor Allen each combined for four goals but 11th-ranked UC Davis could not hold on to a pair of halftime leads at Santa Clara's Rodeo men's water polo tournament. The Aggies fell to No. 19 Harvard, 14-11, then lost a 9-8 decision to No. 20 Brown.

UC Davis, which had dispatched No. 17 Cal Baptist and No. 18 Bucknell in Saturday's action, dip to 9-12 for the year.

The Aggies led by as much as 6-3 midway through the second half and 7-6 at the break in the early-morning loss to Harvard. They also opened with four unanswered goals and led 5-2 at halftime against Brown. The Crimson took the advantage on three occasions in the second half before pulling away in the fourth quarter. The Bears equalized late in the third quarter but did not move ahead until sophomore Will Klein hit the game-winner with 48 seconds left in the fourth.

Nicholson scored his first hat trick of the year against Harvard, netting the game's first goal just 89 seconds into the contest and hitting a go-ahead goal less than a minute before the break. Allen scored two in Sunday's opener, including a 6-on-5 conversion that tied the game at 10-10 at the 39-second mark in the third.

After Harvard freshman Joey Colton scored to open the fourth quarter, Nicholson completed a power play to tie the contest at 11-11. However, Colton responded with the game-winner on the next possession, then sophomore Noah Harrison completed two more 6-on-5 opportunities to help seal the Crimson victory.

Against Brown, junior Chris Richardson scored on a power play then Allen hit a natural and a 6-on-5 to help forge a 3-0 lead for UC Davis. Senior Bernie Rogers made it four straight with his goal early in the second before junior Henry Fox finally put the Bears on the scoreboard with his 6-on-5 goal at the 5:07 mark. Senior utility Michael Millstein bumped the lead back to four on the Aggies' next turn down, then Klein scored the first of his three goals two minutes later to set the board at 5-2.



Brown slowly chipped away at the UC Davis lead in the third, finally tying the contest at 6-6 on Klein's second goal with 1:06 left in the frame. Nicholson restored the Aggie lead less than two minutes into the fourth, and freshman Zoltan Lazar made it 8-6 with his power-play goal a minute later. However, the Bears finished the game on a 3-0 run, culminating with Klein's go-ahead in the final minute.

Sunday's setbacks mark the second and third times UC Davis has lost to a lower-ranked team in 2013. The Aggies fell to then-No. 16 Concordia back on Sept. 22.

UC Davis returns to action in a key conference road trip at Loyola Marymount and UC San Diego on Friday and Saturday.

#19 Harvard 2 4 4 4 - 14
#11 UC Davis 4 3 3 1 - 11

GOALS - Harvard: Noah Harrison 4, Blake Lee 3, Joey Colton 3, Robbie Fluegge 1, William Roller 1, Ben Zepfel 1, John Holland-McCowan 1. UC Davis: Teddy Nicholson 3, Trevor Allen 2, Chris Richardson 2, Michael Wright 1, Bernie Rogers 1, Jacob Ley 1, Alex Bagdasarian 1.

GOALIE SAVES - Harvard: Jimmy Field 4. UC Davis: Philip Bates 6.

#20 Brown 0 2 4 3 - 9
#11 UC Davis 3 2 1 2 - 8

GOALS - Brown: Henry Fox 4, Will Klein 3, Matty Gallas 1, Nick Deaver 1. UC Davis: Trevor Allen 2, Bernie Rogers 2, Chris Richardson 1, Michael Millstein 1, Zoltan Lazar 1, Teddy Nicholson 1.

GOALIE SAVES - not available.