No. 12 Aggies Face Tough NorCal Invite Field

Bernie Rogers led the Aggies with 13 total points (5 goals, 8 assists) during the Southern California weekend.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Sept. 12, 2012

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at NorCal Invitational (Stanford, Calif.)
Friday, Sept. 15 - vs. UC Santa Barbara, 12:15 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 15 - vs. Santa Clara/Stanford, 4:50 or 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 16 - Opponents TBA

Friday, Sept. 7 - at UC Irvine (L, 12-14)
Saturday, Sept. 8 - vs. Whittier (W, 16-10)
Saturday, Sept. 8 - at Redlands (W, 14-8)
Sunday, Sept. 9 - vs. Pomona Pitzer (W, 12-10)
Sunday, Sept. 9 - vs. Occidental (W, 16-3)

TO RECAP: No. 12 UC Davis (4-1, 4-0) opened with a tough two-goal battle with 6th-ranked UC Irvine, then took down four Western Water Polo Association wins at the Inland Empire Classic... Sophomore Teddy Nicholson returned from his redshirt season with a team-best 11 goals, including three straight hat tricks... Senior Matt Vowell tallied three goals in each of the two Saturday wins at the IEP... Vowell also drew 11 kickouts while Hank Dickey drew eight... As a team, UC Davis converted 18 of 38 6-on-6 chances... Junior Bernie Rogers saw the most tank time, playing 104 overall minutes (20.8 per game)... He scored five goals with a team-high eight assists... Junior and West Valley College transfer Julian Personius proved to be a source of instant offense, scoring five goals in just 19 minutes of play.

UP NEXT: The Aggies compete in one of collegiate water polo's toughest tournaments of the year, the NorCal Invitational at Stanford... The field features the top 12 teams in the national poll, plus three of the remaining eight... The lone unranked team is Pomona-Pitzer, which bubbled the top 20 with two votes... UC Davis is pooled with No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 UC Santa Barbara and No. 14 Santa Clara in the "D" bracket... The tourney takes place at Stanford's Avery and Belardi pools.

STANFORD (0-0) two of its four 2011 All-Americans, including first-team honoree and MPSF Newcomer of the Year Alex Bowen... The 6-foot-4 utility led the Cardinal with 53 goals last year... Junior 2M Forrest Watkins won second-team All-America accolades for his 42-goal season... UC SANTA BARBARA (6-0) scored three dominating wins at the Inland Empire Classic on Sunday, piling up 62 total goals against Redlands, Santa Clara and Whittier... The Gauchos also beat No. 11 UC San Diego, 18-10, in their home opener on Saturday... Junior Evan Dellinger led UCSB with five goals against UCSD, then performed two hat tricks in the three wins at Redlands... SANTA CLARA (3-3) picked up three WWPA wins at the IEP, suffering just the lone 13-7 setback to UC Santa Barbara in Sunday morning's action... Junior 2M Tucker Carlson scored a total of 13 goals in the four games to earn a share of WWPA Kap7 Player of the Week acclaim.

"I was really happy with the never-say-die `you can't count an Aggie out' mentality. They worked hard and it continued throughout the weekend. Five games in three days is tough. There is a physical component of handling it all. I thought the guys did well considering all the things they had to handle. It's mostly a tough mindset and a great attitude of wanting to compete. I have no complaints about that."

"The Irvine game wasn't really about the score. I was excited after that game, having seen their intensity in the pool. We tinkered a lot [over the weekend], mixing up rotations and seeing guys in different spots. That helped answer a lot of questions, so that's another positive."

On the NorCal Invite: "It's out of the frying pan and into the fire. It's just going to get harder, and this weekend we have the top competition in the country. At the same time, I want more of the same: a great attitude, a great team effort and the willingness to compete. And my guys want to compete. They want to play these teams. The win-loss column is not important to me right now. It's how they go into a great venue like Stanford, see water polo at its highest level, and be ready to take that on. That's what I want to see."