No. 3 Cal Strikes Early In 13-6 Win Over Aggies

Aaron Salit scored a hat trick to lead UC Davis offensively against Cal on Saturday. Salit, Walter Eggert, Kevin Peat, Luke Collins and Ryan Hagens each were honored as part of Senior Day festivities.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Nov. 12, 2011

DAVIS, Calif. -

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Aggie center Aaron Salit and Golden Bear attacker Ivan Rackov each scored three goals to lead the scorers in No. 3 California's 13-6 win over No. 12 UC Davis during collegiate men's water polo action at Schaal Aquatics Center Saturday morning.

The Aggies fall to 20-10 for the year. The Bears improve to 18-3.

Salit converted two 6-on-5 opportunities en route to his hat trick. Junior Russell Hampton added two goals while Luke Collins chipped in a fourth-quarter score to round out the Aggie offense.

For Cal, senior Charlie Steffens, junior Marin Balarin, sophomore Prery Short and sophomore Collin Smith each netted two goals to support Rackov.

The Golden Bears never trailed in the contest, taking a 2-0 lead on a natural goal by Steffens and a five-meter penalty shot by Smith at the 3:12 mark. They led 3-1 after the first quarter and 7-2 at the halftime break.

Salit put the Aggies on the board with his 6-on-5 conversion with 2:54 left in the first. He punched in his second with 1:33 remaining in the third, then completed the hat trick by directing a Luke Collins cross pass in the high left corner of the cage with 3:22 to go in the fourth.

Saturday's game also served as the final home contest for UC Davis seniors Salt, Collins, Walter Eggert, Ryan Hagens and Kevin Peat, all of whom were honored during pregame festivities.

The Aggies return to action on Sunday in a road game at No. 4 Stanford. Game time from the Avery Aquatic Center is noon.

#3 California (18-3) 3 4 4 2 - 13
#12 UC Davis (20-10) 1 1 1 3 - 6

GOALS - Cal: Ivan Rackov 3, Collin Smith 2, Charlie Steffens 2, Perry Short 2, Marin Balarin 2, Ayal Keren 1, Matt Russell 1. UC Davis: Aaron Salit 3, Russel Hampton 2, Luke Collins 1.

GOALIE SAVES - Cal: Justin Parsons 2 (16:00), Will Toppen 2 (16:00). UC Davis: Kevin Peat 6 (32:00).