Nov. 3, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore utility Chris Richardson scored three goals and goalkeeper Philip Bates tallied 14 saves but No. 16 UC Davis could not offset reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week Bret Bonanni's game-high six goals in an 18-7 loss to No. 3 Stanford in men's water polo action at Schaal Aquatics Center Saturday.
The Aggies slip to 12-16 for the year. The Cardinal improves to 13-4 overall.
Richardson scored two natural goals in the first period then hit one of three UC Davis 6-on-5 conversions in the third. Sophmore Trevor Allen completed power plays in the second and third. Seniors Anders MacCarthy and Matt Vowell also tallied goals for the Aggies, while the freshman Bates continued to impress at goalkeeper. Six of his 14 total stops helped hold Stanford to just two goals in the second quarter.
Besides Bonanni's output, sophomore utilities Alex Bowen and Nick Hoversten netted four and three goals, respectively. Freshman driver B.J. Churnside also completed a hat trick, scoring two in Stanford's seven-goal third quarter. Junior goalkeeper Scott Platshon tallied 10 saves, four against Aggie 6-on-5 attempts and one against a five-meter penalty shot.
The Cardinal never trailed in the contest, scoring four unanswered to start the first quarter. Richardson broke the scoreless drought for UC Davis with his outside shot at the 4:11 mark. Senior Colin Hicks had a chance to cut the margin to two when he drew a five-meter foul with 3:02 remaining in the first, but Platshon put a nice save on the ball to maintain the Stanford lead. Richardson converted an assist from Vowell in the final seconds of the third soon after a Cardinal exclusion expired, bringing the score to 5-2.
The Aggies clamped down on Stanford defensively in the second, thanks in large part to Bates' performance in the cage. However, UC Davis was unable to gain any ground offensively, failing to convert a rare 6-on-4 opportunity with 4:45 on the clock. Vowell posted his second assist of the game on the lone Aggie goal in the second, setting up Allen for an extra-man goal with 3:13 left. The Cardinal led 7-3 heading into halftime.
Stanford pulled away with a big third quarter, scoring seven to stretch its lead to 14-6. Bonanni had three goals in the frame, all in the final three minutes. Churnside scored his third-quarter tallies early on, hitting an outside shot at the 6:40 mark to make it 9-4 then hitting a five-meter penalty with 4:18 remaining to bump the Cardinal edge to six.
UC Davis only managed one goal in the fourth quarter. Allen found Vowell at two meters to put the score at 16-7 with 2:04 left in the game. Bonanni scored with 4:50 and 1:46 left, respectively, helping Stanford add to its lead.
Saturday's game served as the home finale for seven Aggie seniors: Vowell, Hicks, MacCarthy, center Jared Clapham, center Hank Dickey, utility Kevin Meisel and lefty attacker Russell Hampton. The Aggies also honored graduate assistant coach Matt Sorgenfrei, who has volunteered his services while completing his Ph.D. at UC Davis.
The Aggies finish their regular season with a road game at Santa Clara on November 11, then competes at the Western Water Polo Association tournament the following weekend.
|#3 Stanford (13-4)||5||2||7||4||-||18|
|#16 UC Davis (12-16)||2||1||3||1||-||7|
GOALIE SAVES - Stanford: Scott Platshon 10 (32:00). UC Davis: Philip Bates 14 (32:00).