Oct. 31, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior driver Patrick Jacobson scored three goals while Brian Hodgens and Adam Lindsay each added two, helping UC Davis recover from a slow start en route to an 11-6 win over Air Force in the final match of the Aggie Shootout collegiate men's water polo tournament at Schaal Aquatics Center Sunday.
The Aggies, ranked 12th in this week's U.S. Water Polo coaches' poll, improve to 15-12 on the season.
UC Davis shot 0-for-6 in the first quarter of play to fall behind 2-0. Falcon goalie Jared Jones stopped four of the attempts and the other two caromed off the crossbar. Eric Swenson and Murphey Morgan fired in the two Air Force goal in the first set.
"Just like against LMU [Saturday], we came out with our offense going, our counterattack going and our front-court offense going, but weren't converting," said Aggie head coach Steve Doten. "We have to work on executing and finishing our shots. I'm happy about how coordinated we are and how well we're understanding the system. We're getting the opportunites, so the next skill is to put our shots in the cage."
Falcon freshman Clark Condict connected on a 6-on-5 shot early in the second quarter to extend his team's lead to 3-0, but the Aggies answered 16 seconds later when Conor Duignan assisted David Welch on a goal from the five position, cutting the lead to two. Jacobson scored at the 3:41 mark on a rebound and putback, then Trevor Long converted a man-up opportunity at 2:25 to tie the game at 3-3.
With 1:44 remaining in the first half, Hodgens delivered immediately after a Condict exclusion, giving UC Davis a brief one-goal lead. Just 33 seconds later, Morgan took a pass from Matt Herrera on another 6-on-5 opporunity, then blasted a shot into the cage to re-tie the score. The two teams entered the halftime break tied at 4-4.
Tom Jay's putback at 4:42 in the third quarter launched a run of four unanswered Aggie goals in a span of 3:10. Lindsay scored on a 6-on-5 chance then added an even-strength goal from two meters. The Falcons finally snapped the UC Davis run with 13 ticks remaining in the quarter, as Herrera assited Condict on a man-up goal, bringing the score to 8-5 after three periods.
Hodgens scored a Welch-assisted goal at 5:28 and Jacobson finished a counterattack at 3:55 to extend the Aggie lead to 10-5 in the fourth quarter. Air Force defender Josh Jewett's shot eluded Aggie goalie Mike McGee to cut that lead to four. Jacobson added what would have been his second transition goal of the fourth quarter when he completed a counterattack with 29 seconds remaining. However, Coach Doten had asked for a timeout while Jacobson made his approach on the Falcon cage, wiping away the scoring play. With eight ticks left, Duignan fired in a shot from five meters to bring the score to its final of 11-6.
Air Force shot just 2-for-12 in the second half. Jones finished the game with nine saves. McGee recorded eight saves for UC Davis in the opposite net.
In Sunday's previous action, UC Santa Cruz won games against Air Force and the Washington club team. Joel McKown scored two fourth-quarter goals, including the game-winner with 0:24 remaining, in UCSC's morning win over the Falcons. Then John Shippy led the Banana Slugs with a hat trick against the Huskies in the afternoon contest. Josh Newell led UW with three goals in the loss.
UC Davis returns to action with a road game at Santa Clara on November 5.
GOALIES - AFA: Jared Jones 9 saves, 11 goals against (28:00). UC Davis: Mike McGee 8 saves, 6 goals against (28:00). GOALIES - AFA: Jared Jones 9 saves, 11 goals against (28:00). UC Davis: Mike McGee 8 saves, 6 goals against (28:00).