Nov. 10, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -
Senior Bernie Rogers and sophomore Austin Beckwith each scored three goals while the Aggie 5-on-6 defense thwarted all but one of 10 Bronco power plays, as 12th-ranked UC Davis completed an 11-4 win over No. 16 Santa Clara in Western Water Polo Association men's action at Schaal Aquatics Center Sunday.
The Aggies improve to 12-12 for the year and remain unbeaten in conference at 4-0. The Broncos slip to 16-13 and finish their WWPA slate at 3-2. The victory should clinch the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament for UC Davis, since it can finish no worse than 4-1 and it holds the tiebreaker against UC San Diego.
Rogers scored all three of his goals in as many shots in the second quarter. Beckwith opened each of the first and fourth quarters with goals, then converted a Rogers assist in transition midway through the third. Junior Trevor Allen added two more goals while Chris Richardson and Tyler Elliott each had one.
Redshirt freshman Zach Tudhope and sophomore Philip Bates split up goalkeeping chores for the Aggies, recording five and seven saves, respectively.
UC Davis scored four unanswered through the first 10 minutes of play, not allowing a Santa Clara goal until sophomore James Rude planted a long cross-cage shot from the four position with 3:17 to go in the second. Allen answered on a counterattack a minute later, fumbling the ball briefly, but recovering in time to push the shot past Bronco goalie Matt Pritchett. Rogers extended the Aggie lead to 6-1 on the next trip down, firing a skip shot untouched into right side of the cage. UC Davis led, 6-2, at halftime.
Rogers assisted Beckwith on a counterattack for the Aggies and Matt Godar hit a second-chance goal for the Broncos midway in the third, but the true performer of that period was the UC Davis five-man defense, which held off four Santa Clara power plays in the final three minutes of the frame.
The Broncos did not convert a 6-on-5 chance until Matt Kochalko scored on a rebound-and-putback chance with 3:11 left in the fourth. However, senior Tyler Elliott quickly responded with a goal on the next possession, setting the board to its final state of 11-4. Santa Clara missed on two more shots and had yet another 6-on-5 chance stopped when Aggie redshirt freshman Lyle Kipp posted a steal on the perimeter.
Rogers and junior Michael Wright each had two steals for the Aggies. Junior Teddy Nicholson drew two exclusions while Richardson drew a five-meter foul, for which he hit the penalty shot.
Sunday's win is the ninth by UC Davis against a WWPA member in 2013, and the second against SCU. The Aggies beat the Broncos in a closer 9-6 battle at the NorCal Invite in September.
UC Davis hosts Air Force for a 1 p.m. Veterans Day tilt. The team will honor four graduating seniors: Rogers, utility Michael Millstein and first-year transfers Jeff Mayers and Tyler Elliott.
|#16 Santa Clara (16-13, 3-2)
|#12 UC Davis (12-12, 4-0)
GOALS - SCU: Graham McClone 1, James Rude 1, Matt Godar 1, Matt Kochalko 1. UC Davis: Bernie Rogers 3, Austin Beckwith 3, Trevor Allen 2, Chris Richardson 1, Tyler Elliott 1.
GOALIE SAVES - SCU: Matt Pritchett 7. UC Davis: Zach Tudhope 5 (16:00), Philip Bates 7 (16:00).