No. 12 UC Davis Opens In Southern California

Senior Colin Hicks will finally play a contest at UC Irvine, where his father Jim is a professor and associate vice chancellor.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
09.05.12 Weekly Release Get Acrobat Reader

Friday, Sept. 7 - at UC Irvine, 7 p.m.

at Inland Empire Classic (Redlands/LaVerne, Calif.)
Saturday, Sept. 8 - vs. Whittier, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8 - at Redlands, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 9 - vs. Pomona Pitzer, 10:15 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 9 - vs. Occidental, 1:15 p.m.

at Golden Bear Invitational (Berkeley, Calif.) - scrimmages only.

TO RECAP: UC Davis moved up one spot in the national rankings to No. 12 despite not playing an official game... The Aggies faced host Cal and visiting Long Beach City College in scrimmages to open their season... This is the fourth straight year UC Davis has opened at Cal but the first of the group in which the games were not countables.

The Aggies graduated five seniors last year, including All-Americans Kevin Peat (school-record 335 saves) and Aaron Salit (83 goals, 2nd in WWPA)... However, three-time all-conference honoree Colin Hicks (32 goals, 21 assists, 27 steals) and WWPA All-Freshman pick Chris Richardson (42 goals, 15 assists, 21 steals) return among the 2011 scoring leaders... The Aggie roster features plenty of local talent: Dickey, sophomore attacker Trevor Allen, sophomore center Teddy Nicholson and sophomore defender Michael Wright all hail from Davis High.

UP NEXT: UC Davis takes on No. 6 UC Irvine for its official season opener, then takes part in the two-day, two-site Inland Empire Classic... The Aggies will face Whittier and Redlands at Redlands on Saturday, then battles Pomona-Pitzer and Occidental at the La Verne site on Sunday... UC IRVINE (2-0) bested Chapman and Redlands by a combined score of 34-15 at its own UCI Invitational Saturday... Third-team All-American Mitch Wise won MPSF Player of the Week honors with five goals in each of the two wins... WHITTIER (2-1) lost 17-6 to 10th-ranked Loyola Marymount after picking off wins over Fresno Pacific and Citrus College to christen the remodeled Slade Aquatic Center on Saturday...

REDLANDS (0-3) lost to Long Beach State, UC Irvine and Chapman at the UCI Invite last weekend... The 11-9 setback to Chapman was the Bulldogs' closest margin... Sophomore D Michael Robinson scored two in that contest... POMONA-PITZER received a vote toward this week's national coaches' poll, dropping a pair of games to the top two teams in the country: 16-5 at No. 2 UCLA and 20-3 to top-ranked USC... OCCIDENTAL (2-0) tallied wins over Caltech and Chaffey College to open the year at the CalTech kickoff... Sophomore C Jalen Lubbers nabbed the first WWPA Kap7 Player of the Week award, combining for seven goals in the two Oxy victories.

On the Golden Bear Invitational: "In the summer, they'd get beat and you'd see the frustration and the chippiness, the yelling at each other. Stuff you don't want to see. We talked about this going into this tournament. It's all scrimmages but it's going to be really tough. You guys have to play together and realize that we have to go this process together. When the guys got in the water, regardless of the score, I was impressed with how hard they worked. They focused on the concepts and no one got frustrated. They were very respectful to each other and to the team. You have to get them in the water and see them do it together. The same with our 6-on-5. Tom [Kurth] had an idea about the 6-on-5 in the summer. I feel like it's better because they believe in it. They revolve it around all six guys. You can't get it done yourself."

On the opening weekend: "When we started, we set a goal to win the first game of the season - knowing that it was UC Irvine at UC Irvine. They're a very good team. Yet the guys think it's a great, short-term, attainable goal. They don't look at it and say, `Coach, you're crazy.' They look at it and think that's what they will set out to do. Plus, Colin Hicks is a senior and his dad is a professor there. We've never played at Irvine. So this is a little bit of an ode to Colin and what he's done for us. But it's also great for the program - a great school and a tough opponent."

"The Inland Empire tournament has games against routinely tough opponents. Redlands, Claremont, Pomona. They want to be in the top three or four in the conference and they think they can do that. They think we're cycling down and they're coming up, so I have my concerns."