No. 12 UC Davis Heads Into Crucial WWPA Weekend

Senior GK Kevin Peat posted 45 saves in four Aggie wins last weekend, including a career-high 19 against Brown in the Rodeo tournament finale.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Oct. 26, 2011

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Friday, Oct. 28 - at UC San Diego, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29 - at Loyola Marymount, 1 p.m.

at The Rodeo (Santa Clara)
Saturday, Oct. 22 - vs. Harvard (W, 20-2)
Saturday, Oct. 22 - vs. Bucknell (W, 12-11)
Sunday, Oct. 23 - vs. Air Force (W, 15-8)
Sunday, Oct. 23 - vs. Brown (W, 11-2)

TO RECAP: The 12th-ranked Aggies (20-7, 11-2) returned to the winning track, going 4-0 at Santa Clara's Rodeo tournament to crack the 20-win plateau for the second in head coach Steve Doten's Aggie career (the 2007 team went 22-7)... Sunday's performances were of particular note: UC Davis defeated WWPA foe Air Force by a 15-8 final, then held Brown scoreless in the second half in an 11-2 victory... The Falcons ranked T18th at the time, while Brown appeared among the Receiving Votes portion of the national poll... Senior center and conference-leading scorer Aaron Salit netted 10 goals and drew eight kickouts during the weekend... However, the Aggies saw offensive contributions from all positions, notably juniors Russell Hampton (9 goals, 5 assists) and Colin Hicks (9 goals, 4 assists)... Sophomore Bernie Rogers scored three goals in the team's fourth-quarter comeback against Bucknell in Saturday's nightcap... On the defensive end, goalkeeper Kevin Peat tallied 45 saves against just 23 goals allowed (.662 average), including a career-high 19 vs. Brown... With 262 stops for the year, he moves into 8th on the school top-10 list... The only UC Davis goalies ahead of him on the season list are a pair of Mikes: DeJong (1994-97) and McGee (2004-07)... With 13 more saves, Peat moves to the top five; 38 more makes him just the third to crack the 300-save milestone for a season.

UP NEXT: UC Davis heads into what is arguably the most important weekend of the year, in terms of WWPA tournament seeding... The Aggies face No. 11 UC San Diego and No. 10 Loyola Marymount, teams chosen No. 3 and No. 1 in the conference preseason poll (UC Davis was No. 2)... UC SAN DIEGO (12-7, 10-3) handed the Aggies their first conference loss back on October 2, an 11-10 setback at the SoCal Invitational... The Tritons fell to LMU, 14-10, on Friday afternoon... Graham Saber, who leads UCSD with 53 goals and 14 assists, scored a hat trick in the loss... LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (11-6, 8-1) has as its only WWPA loss a 9-5 mild upset to UC San Diego just hours before the Tritons defeat of UC Davis... Senior Edgaras Asajavicius paces the Lions offensively with 38 goals and 24 assists... He led all players with four goals in the win over UCSD on Friday.

On The Rodeo tournament: "The two main goals we set out that would produce the outcome we wanted were to limit the other team's 6-on-5s or have more than the other team, and to convert a higher percentage of our 6-on-5s. I felt we had been getting kicked out too much and we had given other teams too many opportunities. I think overall, we accomplished those things. We had some areas where we wanted to play better, and we worked on a new 6-on-5. The new concept worked well."

"No doubt about it, this is a big weekend, a great weekend. Going down to play the two best teams in the conference is always a challenge. I look to continue what we did. We've agreed to take something away from every game, and there's a lot to learn from UC San Diego and LMU as we prepare for the conference tournament. I think the guys really want to win, but they know we have to do well in the areas we talk about. It will be very tough, which is great."

"It will also be two great college sporting events. Both teams traditionally have great water polo programs. It should be exciting just from the crowds and things of that nature. We'll get a lot out of this weekend. The idea is to play our game and work on our concepts. LMU will have a different defense than San Diego, but they'll both try to stop Aaron Salit. So we need to be able to recognize different defenses and break them down. And their offenses are different. What they offer offensively will challenge us on our defensive end."