Nov. 21, 2003
REDLANDS, Calif. - Senior George Dingeldein scored three goals and the Aggies outscored the Seasiders 3-0 in overtime as No.5 UC Davis defeated No.4 BYU-Hawaii 10-7 during a first-round men's water polo match at the 2003 Western Water Polo Association championships Friday afternoon at the Thomas Aquatic Center.
With the win the Aggies improve to 14-14 on the season and move into Friday night's semifinal against top-seeded UC San Diego.
The marks the first time since the 1997 season that UC Davis has advanced past the first round at the WWPA championships after finishing fifth each of the last three seasons. It also avenges a 10-9 overtime loss to BYU-Hawaii earlier this year.
UC Davis jumped out to a 3-2 lead following the first period as freshman David Welch got things going just over one minute into the contest. Dingeldein and fellow senior Jamie Turpen also scored in the opening period for the Aggies. The lead would increase to 5-3 by halftime on goals by Dingeldein and sophomore Tom Jay.
BYUH evened the score at 5-5 after three periods on goals by Vanja Kalabic and Keith Dow. UC Davis wasted little time in getting the lead back as Turpen scored his second of the day 55 seconds into the fourth. With just over two minutes to go, Jay knocked home what looked to be the game-winner with 2:27 remaining. The Aggies withstood the Seasiders attacks until Jay was ejected with five seconds left in regulation. On the power-play, Kalabic scored as time expired, forcing the game into overtime.
There the Aggies took control as Dingeldein scored his third goal with 54 seconds left in the first extra period. That would be all UC Davis would need as the defense took control, holding the Seasiders scoreless over the final six minutes. With just under a minute left in overtime, Welch gave the Aggies a two-goal advantage and then Patrick Jacobson sealed the win with his first goal of the contest, putting the Aggies up three with 20 seconds left.
"This feels great," said an elated Aggie head coach Steve Doten following the contest. "The game was all about overtime and the play of our seniors. We didn't let their final goal in regulation bother us, we just came out strong in the overtime and the players stepped up huge. Jamie has two huge goals for us, Zach (Wordes) played great in the cage and George was a terror all game. The win really goes to our seniors."
The Aggies face UC San Diego, a 20-0 winner over Pomona-Pitzer in the first round, tonight at 8 p.m.
UC DAVIS MEN'S WATER POLO
No.4 BYU-Hawaii 2 1 2 2 0 0 - 7
No.5 UC DAVIS 3 2 0 2 1 2 - 10
UC Davis Goals: George Dingeldein 3, David Welch 2, Jamie Turpen 2, Tom Jay 2, Patrick Jacobson 1
BYU-Hawaii Goals: Vanja Kalabic 3, Vlada Stanjkovic 2, James Jacobson 1, Keith Dow 1
UC Davis Saves: Zach Wordes 5
BYU-Hawaii Saves: Peter Caley 6