No. 12 UC Davis Returns Home For Aggie Shootout

Sophomore Chris Richardson led UC Davis with six goals at the NorCal Invite, including a hat trick against No. 9 Long Beach State.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Sept. 19, 2012

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AGGIE SHOOTOUT (Davis, Calif.)
Friday, Sept. 21 - CAL BAPTIST, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22 - CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS, 10:20 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22 - LA VERNE, 5:20 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 23 - CHAPMAN, 9:10 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 23 - REDLANDS, 12:40 p.m.

at NorCal Invitational (Stanford, Calif.)
Friday, Sept. 15 - vs. UC Santa Barbara (L, 4-11)
Friday, Sept. 15 - vs. Santa Clara (W, 5-3)
Saturday, Sept. 16 - vs. Long Beach State (L, 9-10)
Saturday, Sept. 16 - vs. UC San Diego (L, 3-11)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (5-4, 5-1) matched its No. 12 seed at the NorCal Invitational, taking a 5-3 win over Santa Clara in Friday's nightcap... The Aggies battled No. 9 Long Beach State to a one-goal game for a chance to compete in the 9th-place game... Sophomore Chris Richardson led UC Davis with six goals during the four games, including 3-for-5 on exclusions... Hank Dickey drew 11 kickouts while senior utility Matt Vowell and sophomore center Teddy Nicholson added seven each, but the Aggies struggled on 6-on-5 opportunities overall with a 11-for-38 (.289) conversion... Richardson and sophomore attacker Trevor Allen each converted hat tricks against the 49ers.

UP NEXT: After two early-season tournaments, UC Davis finally hosts its home opener in the form of the three-day, nine-team Aggie Shootout... Tournament play begins with a Friday night tilt between the Aggies and 18th-ranked Cal Baptist... UC Davis will also face four WWPA/SCIAC members over the weekend, in similar fashion to the Inland Empire Classic two weeks prior.

CAL BAPTIST (2-3) scored wins over Cal Lutheran and Chapman at the Posada Royale Tournament after losing three straight against top-five opposition in the two prior weeks... Senior GK Austen Ramer posted a total of 18 saves, nine steals and three assists in the two wins... Scott Butler scored four goals in the 12-9 win over Chapman.... CMS (1-5) owns only one win (10-5 vs. La Verne) but battled both No. 16 Air Force and No. 20 Concordia to margins of three combined goals on the second day of the IEP two weeks ago... LA VERNE (0-6) has surrendered an average of 17.8 goals per game, although the Leopards' competition has included the likes of USC, Pepperdine and Long Beach State... CHAPMAN (1-8) picked up its only win at UC Irvine, beating Redlands by an 11-9 final... Junior utility and 2011 All-American Brett Carter leads the Panthers with 22 goals and 10 assists... Like many of the SCIAC teams, REDLANDS (1-7) has been idle since its own Inland Empire tournament... The Bulldogs' lone victory was a 17-11 win over Whittier, in which junior Clint Freeman netted eight goals.

On the NorCal Invite: "That's a very rigorous tournament. We maintained our seed and almost improved on our seed, which is always the goal. In that respect, it was a good tournament for us. We're not overly focused on wins and losses, we look at the goals we have set up. The guys worked hard and played well, but we were spent by the end. I was impressed with the way the guys played [against Long Beach] so I kept them in and played them longer and harder in that game."

"The guys were a little disappointed, and on some level it's good to see the disappointment. They really want it. We have to make sure we know our goals and what we're working for. Sometimes as you march through a season, you take two steps forward and one step back. That's okay as long as you know where you're going. I felt the one step back was when we got out of character or when our defense wasn't what it should be. So we're still working on things. But the guys still have a great attitude and focus right now."

"I think we do a great job at breaking defenses down and earning ejections, getting 6-on-5s. Now we need to capitalize on that. Our biggest thing to work on is our passing. I feel we didn't take care of the ball. We turned the ball over on our passing. It's not something that's glamorous or sophisticated. It's fundamental. But we can't do that if we expect to win. That's a good experience, and it's something that's very correctable. I want to emphasize that and see the guys correct it."