Jan. 30, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore Cassie Schaefer and freshman Jessica Soza each posted hat tricks in separate games as UC Davis swept a women's collegiate water polo tripleheader at Schaal Aquatics Center Sunday. The Aggies edged Pacific, 12-9, in their first game; then enjoyed freshman-laden victories of 15-5 over Cal St. East Bay and 13-1 against Sonoma State.
UC Davis moves to 4-1 after its first weekend of the 2005 season.
"It was encouraging to see how well we played offensively and how deep the high-level play was," said UC Davis head coach Jamey Wright. "For 15 of 18 field players, this is the first year of play at Davis. We only have one player in her fourth year. We have a really young team, but they showed a lot of maturation."
In the nightcap, Michaela Brady, Katie O'Neill and Nicole Lorrimer each scored two goals to help UC Davis past Sonoma. A total of 10 players scored at least one goal for the Aggies, who led 13-0 after the first three quarters. Amanda Haddock finally ended the Seawolf scoring drought when her shot caromed off the crossbar and rolled into the cage wth 3:44 remaining in the game. That was the only goal against UC Davis goalie Jane Crafts, who posted eight saves in her collegiate debut.
With three goals, Soza was one of six Aggie freshman to score in the 15-5 win over Cal St. East Bay, which on Tuesday changed its name from Cal St. Hayward. Lorrimer, Katherine O'Rourke and Ashley Greenwood added two goals each for UC Davis in the win.
The Aggies held the Pioneers scoreless for more than 19 minutes of play, racking up 10 unanswered goals from the first quarter until early in the fourth. East Bay's Gabriella Keri ended the run with a successful four-meter penalty shot at 5:13 in that final frame.
In the opening game, Schaefer's three goals led UC Davis in a 12-9 victory over Pacific. Soza, O'Rourke and Raycraft each contributed a pair of goals for the Aggies, which opened the game on a 3-0 start. Virginia McConnell, Julia Snyder and Jessica Schroeder each had hat tricks to represent all of the Tiger offense.
UC Davis also hosted a pair of neutral-site games among its three visitors. In the day's opener, Keri's four goals led CSUEB to a 7-5 win over Sonoma. Alissa Larimer scored twice for the Pioneers while five different players provided a goal each for the Seawolves.
Later in Sunday's slate, Jessica Schroeder scored four first-half goals to lead Pacific to a 7-4 win over Sonoma. She had a 6-on-5 goal and a 4-meter penalty shot as part of that offensive output. With seven goals in two games, Schroeder was the day's leading scorer among the four teams.
The Aggies return to action at the UC San Diego Invitational on February 5 and 6.
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