No. 11 UC Davis gets game win over No. 15 SJSU

Jan. 20, 2018

SARATOGA, Calif. -- Sophomore utility Chloe Robinson scored seven total goals, while junior utility Annie Kutt and seniors Sammy Preston (attacker) and Paige Virgil (utility), each contributed more than one goal over the span of three games, winning only one of them, at San Jose State's fourth annual Lou Tully Memorial Invitational, which took place at the West Valley College Aquatic Center on Saturday.

The UC Davis women's water polo team fell, 15-3, to No. 1 Stanford in the first of three games to be played that day. In the early afternoon, the Aggies pushed through to win their second game, 11-8, against host and No. 15 San Jose State, but in the third game, which was an exhibition against China's national team, UC Davis lost by a final score of 17-5.

Robinson was the only UC Davis player to score in each contest. In the first game, she put the Aggies on the board two times during the second quarter, making the second one in with three seconds left in the quarter to make it a 7-2 game entering the third quarter. The final score the Aggies earned against No. 1 Stanford came from Virgil during the third quarter, making it a 10-3 game before the Cardinals scored five more goals to finish their day with a 15-3 lead.

The second game, which was against host San Jose State, had a victorious ending for the Aggies. Spartan's Sheila Jensen scored the first goal of the game; however, the next five points of the game belonged to the Aggies, four of which were received in second quarter play.

In the third quarter, Kutt alone scored three goals, with the first two occurring almost within a minute of each other, while juniors Carla Tocchini, who redshirted the previous season, and Emily Byrne, each scored a goal to make it a 10-6 UC Davis lead going into the fourth quarter. Junior defender McKenna Hauss and San Jose State's Lili Urvani each scored one goal for their respective teams during the last quarter to end UC Davis's day with an 11-8 victory over the Spartans. Aside from goals, sophomore goalie Caitlin Golding accumulated a total of seven saves.

Going into the early evening, the UC Davis women's water polo team went up against China's national team for an exhibition game, where three of the five total points the Aggies received came from Robinson, while the other two came from senior center Jill Bushman and junior attacker Marcela Portales. Robinson's third goal, scored within two minutes left of the fourth quarter, was the last significant play of the game before the Aggies succumbed to a 12-point game defeat.

Freshman goalie Cleopatra Constantin made her debut this weekend at the Division I level, racking in two quarter's worth of playing time in the game against Stanford, and three quarter's worth of playing time during the Aggies' third and final game of the tournament. The other newcomer that made their UC Davis women's water polo debut at this tournament was attacker Emily Aikema, who made an appearance in all three games.

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No. 1 Stanford 3 4 5 3 - 15
No. 11 UC Davis 0 2 1 0 - 3

UC DAVIS: Chloe Robinson (2), Paige Virgil (1); STAN: Mackenzie Wiley (2), Katie Dudley (3), Hannah Shabb (1), Jordan Raney (1), Aria Fischer (1), Kat Klass (1), Mackenzie Fischer (3), Shannon Cleary (2), Bella Baldridge (1).

GOALIE SAVES - UC DAVIS: Caitlin Golding (3, 16:00), Cleopatra Constantin (1, 16:00); STAN: Julia Hermann (3, 24:00), Emallia Eichelberger (1, 8:00).


No. 11 UC Davis 2 3 5 1 - 11
No. 15 SJSU 1 1 5 1 - 8

UC DAVIS: Sammy Preston (2), Annie Kutt (3), McKenna Hauss (1), Paige Virgil (1), Chloe Robinson (2), Carla Tocchini (1), Emily Byrne (1); SJSU: Sheila Johnson (1), Klaudia Paradi (3), Guara Garcia Delgado (1), Jordan Milich-Misikini (1), Lili Urvari (2).

GOALIE SAVES - UC DAVIS: Caitlin Golding (7, 32:00); SJSU: Katelynn Thompson (11, 32:00).

GAME #3 (Exhibition)

No. 11 UC Davis 1 0 2 2 - 5
China's National Team 5 5 4 3 - 17

UC DAVIS: Jill Bushman (1), Chloe Robinson (3), Marcela Portales (1); CHINA: Mei Xiaohan (1), Xiong Dunhan (1), Wang Huan (1), Guo Ning (4), Lu Jiawen (2), Deng Zewen (3), Zhang Danyi (1), Chen Xiao (2), Zhang Jing (2).

GOALIE SAVES - UC DAVIS: Caitlin Golding (2, 8:00), Cleopatra Constantin (3, 24:00); CHINA: Shen Yineng (7, 32:00).

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