No. 16 Water Polo To Honor Seniors On Saturday

Senior Colin Hicks has scored 26 goals with a team-leading 32 steals in 2012.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Oct. 31, 2012

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Thursday, Nov. 1 - UC SAN DIEGO, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 - STANFORD, Noon

Friday, Oct. 26 - LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (L, 8-9)

TO RECAP: 16th-ranked UC Davis (12-14, 10-4) rallied back from a three-goal deficit to tie the game at 8-8 with 16 seconds remaining before losing to No. 11 Loyola Marymount in a key WWPA matchup last Friday... Sophomore Trevor Allen, sophomore Teddy Nicholson and junior Bernie Rogers each netted two goals... Allen also had two assists and two drawn kickouts... Rogers hit two highlight-reel shots during the 3-0 comeback in the fourth... Freshman Philip Bates enjoyed the best game of his young career, tallying 13 saves with three steals in his fifth career start.

UP NEXT: The Aggies play in their final two home contests at Schaal Aquatics Center, first in a rare Thursday night matchup with No. 10 UC San Diego then in their home season finale against No. 3 Stanford... The team will honor seven seniors: Jared Clapham, Hank Dickey, Russell Hampton, Colin Hicks, Anders MacCarthy, Kevin Meisel and Matt Vowell... MacCarthy, Meisel and Vowell are team co-captains... Additionally, UC Davis will bid farewell to graduate assistant and future NASA engineer Matt Sorgenfrei, who has served as the team's in-game statistician for the past two seasons.

UC SAN DIEGO (11-7, 10-2) scored dominating wins over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer to improve its conference-leading record to 10-2, effectively securing the top seed at the WWPA tournament... Junior Josh Stiling scored nine goals in the two games to claim KAP7 Player of the Week honors from the conference... He leads the Tritons with 58 goals, more than twice than his nearest teammate (Lukas Syka, 26)... UCSD, which snapped Loyola Marymount's reign of conference titles last year, defeated UC Davis by an 11-3 final at the NorCal Invitational back on September 16.

STANFORD (12-4) captured a 15-4 win over No. 8 UC Irvine on Saturday then a 12-11 victory over No. 9 Long Beach State on Sunday, extending its winning streak to a season-best four... Freshman driver Bret Bonanni scored 12 goals for the weekend, earning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation KAP7 Player of the Week accoloades... He had eight against UCI then added four in support of teammate Alex Bowen's game-high six against LBSU... Bonanni has scored 34 goals in the past six games, lifting his team-leading total to 54.

"These are the reigning champions and the No. 1 seed in the conference. This game is what this is about. They come in very confident. For us, I want us to compete against these guys. This is the team we want to be in the championship game with. The game doesn't mean anything for the conference seeding. But that mindset of having these guys come in as the big dog, and wanting to play them -- that's the attitude of the team. I know our guys are up for that. They're excited for it.

"Our guys still have a bad taste in their mouth from a year ago [at the WWPA tournament]. They still have a bad taste from the NorCals, where we didn't play them very well. They want to show that they're better. They want to do a better job. And that's all I ask for: give me the effort that you gave against LMU, play the team game like we did last week, and let's go after San Diego."