Seniors Lead Aggie Polo To Win In Home Finale

Nov. 16, 2002

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DAVIS, Calif. --- Seniors Brian Combs and Brook Rogers each recorded three goals to lead UC Davis to a 15-5 win over Santa Clara in men's collegiate water polo action at Hickey Pool Saturday afternoon. That tandem represents half of the four senior members of the Aggie team who were playing in the final home games of their careers.

UC Davis improves to 17-11 with the win, while the Broncos drop to 10-25. The matchup is the second straight between these two teams, as the Aggies won 12-5 one week ago.

Conor Duignan and George Dingeldein each added two goals for UC Davis, while Jonathan Burke, Tom Jay, Dave Smith and Dan Patry each scored one.

For the Broncos, Logan Gee posted three goals while Jon Greco and Austin Brizgys each had one.

The Aggies took advantage of SCU infractions to form a 4-2 lead in the first quarter. Rogers scored a man-up goal at 3:27 and Burke converted a penalty shot on Brizgys four-meter violation to highlight the first period. UC Davis stretched out that lead with four unanswered goals in the second period to build an 8-2 lead, but Gee trimmed it with his second goal in the final minute of the first half.

UC Davis responded with goals by Combs and Dingeldein the first 1:03 after the break to extend its lead to 10-3, then added two more 6-on-5 goals to bring the sore to 12-3 late in the third period. The Aggies drew another four-meter violation with 3:57 left in the third, but SCU goalkeeper Peter Moore knocked down Patry's penalty shot. Moore had nine saves in net, all in the final three quarters of play.



In all, the Aggies scored six of their 15 goals on ejections or four-meter fouls.

UC Davis participates in the Western Water Polo Association championships next weekend. The winner of that tournament earns an automatic berth in the National Collegiate Championships.

Santa Clara (10-25)






UC Davis (17-11)







GOALS - SCU: Logan Gee 3, Jon Greco 1, Austin Brizgys 1. UC Davis: Brian Combs 3, Brook Rogers 3, Conor Duignan 2, George Dingeldein 2, Patrick Jacobson 1, Dan Patry 1, Tom Jay 1, Dave Smith 1, Jonathan Burke 1.

GOALIE SAVES - SCU: Peter Moore 9. UC Davis: Zach Wordes 1, Nick Sweetnam 6.