Aggies, Lions Square Off In WWPA Showdown

Sophomore Trevor Allen (above) and Matt Vowell (cover) each netted eight goals in four games over the weekend.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise

Oct. 24, 2012

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Friday, Oct. 26 - LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 19 - PEPPERDINE (L, 9-19)
Saturday, Oct. 20 - vs. Fresno Pacific (W, 18-9)
Sunday, Oct. 21 - vs. Brown (L, 6-10)
Sunday, Oct. 21 - vs. Bucknell (L, 6-14)

The Last Meeting
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November 19, 2011
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Aggies Upset LMU, Advance To WWPA Title Game
Senior center Aaron Salit scored four goals, including one in the second sudden-victory period, to lead 12th-ranked and fourth-seeded UC Davis to a 7-6 upset over 10th-ranked and top-seeded Loyola Marymount in the semifinal round of the Western Water Polo Association Championship at UC San Diego's Canyonview Aquatic Center Saturday afternoon.

TO RECAP: No. 16 UC Davis went 1-3 for the weekend falling to then-No. 8 Pepperdine by a 19-9 final, picking off a Rodeo tournament victory over Fresno Pacific, then losing to nationally ranked Brown and Bucknell in Sunday's action... The Aggies drew 42 exclusion opportunities over the weekend but managed to shoot just 9-for-38 in such situations... Senior Matt Vowell drew 10 kickouts and two five-meter fouls for the weekend while matching sophomore Trevor Allen with eight goals in the four contests... Allen has scored in 10 straight games dating back to the SoCal Invite... His playing time has increased significantly over the course of the year: he logged 61 minutes at the NorCal Invite in mid-September, 64 in the five-game Aggie Shootout, 86 in the four contests last weekend.

UP NEXT: UC Davis hosts one of its two marquee Western Water Polo Association matchups in the season's final stretch, bringing in 11th-ranked Loyola Marymount for a 6 p.m. start... This is the fifth straight year the Aggies and Lions have only faced once in the regular season, compared to the five total meetings in the 2007 season... LMU has won eight total conference championships since the WWPA opened in 2000.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (11-9, 7-2) has lost three straight during the past two weeks, including a 7-4 setback to then No. 11 UC San Diego on Saturday... The Lions also fell 13-7 to Long Beach State to fall from No. 9 to No. 11 in the national poll... Freshman attacker Milutin Mitrovic leads LMU with 51 goals while senior goalkeeper Kyle Testman has 181 saves against 157 goals.

"We shot 4-for-19 [against Brown] on our 6-on-5s. If we go 9-for-19, we win the game. So the good news is that the offense is putting guys in jeopardy, breaking down defenses and getting 6-on-5s. The bad news is that we're not converting."

"We knew Pepperdine would be tough, and the guys played hard. We gave them too many goals. We did the job on Saturday and won. But I think there was a mental letdown after the Brown game going into Bucknell. We'll continue to work on our defense. There are many different defensive schemes, and I could teach them all. The trick is to find one that we do well, and we'll keep modifying them until we do it."

"LMU is one of the best two teams in the conference. They're one of the teams we'll have to play if we want to win our conference championship. There will be a lot to take away from this game. We'll get to see how they do it and adjust our approach."