Feb. 1, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Despite senior Jessica Dunn's hat trick and 15 saves by senior goalkeeper Riane Woods, 12th-ranked UC Davis was unable to hold off No. 14 Indiana in a 9-8 setback during collegiate women's water polo action at Schaal Aquatics Center Friday afternoon.
The Aggies even their record to 1-1. The Hoosiers improve to 2-4 overall.
Besides Dunn's three goals, UC Davis received one tally each from Hannah Curran, Kathyn Bailey, Elsie Fullerton, Keelia Houston and Carmen Eggert. For IU, Colleen McNaught, Meghan Lappan and Jakie Kohli each netted two goals. Kohli scored the final go-ahead with 2:47 remaining in the fourth then helped seal the Hoosier win with a key steal on the Aggie perimeter in the next possession.
Indiana held a 2-0 lead through the first five minutes of the contest, with Shelby Taylor converting a 6-on-5 chance and Colleen McNaught converting an assit from Amanda Redfern at two meters. UC Davis, which had committed four turnovers on its first five possessions, finally got on the board at the 2:59 mark when Curran punched in a shot from two meters. Bailey evened the score with her outside shot two minutes later.
The Aggies took their first lead early in the second quarter when Hannah Breen drew a five-meter foul near the Hoosiers' left post. Dunn completed the penalty shot. IU equalized on a rare 6-on-4 opportunity with 4:26 remaining, with Meghan Lappan firing in the third goal. But UC Davis reclaimed the lead on the next possession, thanks to a bullet from the three spot by Dunn. Fournier's counterattack lob tied the game yet again at 4-4 with 2:14 left, then McNaught converted a power play with 1:15 remaining to put the Hoosiers back on top. The Aggies again had an answer, as Paige Oreglia assisted Fullerton down low with 56 seconds left in the half. The two teams went to the break in a 5-5 deadlock.
Woods tallied four saves in the second quarter, including a spectacular stop agianst Rebecca Gerrity on a counterattack early on. She posted another four blocks in the third, starting with a right-handed rejection of Fournier's penalty shot. However, the Hoosiers pulled ahead to an 8-6 lead in that frame. Kohli drew an exclusion and immediately converted her own 6-on-5 opportunity at the midway point, Gerrity scored on a rebound and putback with 1:04 left, and Lappan finished a counterattack in the final seconds. The Aggies' lone goal in the third came on a 6-on-5 opportunity, with Keelia Houston sending a long cross pass to Dunn on the right side.
UC Davis tied the contest for a seventh time with two unanswered goals to start the fourth. Although IU goalie Jessica Gaudrealt stopped a few early Aggie attempts, she allowed a 6-on-5 goal by Eggert and a skip shot by Dunn to enter the cage. Dunn's goal tied the game at 8-8 with 3:11 to go.
On the ensuing Hoosier ball, Kohli drew an exclusion and hit a 6-on-5 shot from up top for the go-ahead. She later picked off a steal at the 2-3 spot with 1:30 remaining to help protect the lead. In the final minute, Fullerton drew an exclusion against Lappan to give UC Davis a chance to tie up the score. Eggert managed a shot from two meters but Gaudreault got enough of the ball to send it over the crossbar. The Aggies kept possession on the tipped ball but could not muster another goal.
Friday's game launches a tough weekend for UC Davis, which heads to the Stanford Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. The Aggies, pooled with No. 8 San Jose State and the top-ranked Cardinal, play the Spartans at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday.
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|#12 UC Davis (1-1)||2||3||1||2||-||8|
GOALS - IU: Colleen McNaught 2, Meghan Lappan 2, Jakie Kohli 2, Shelby Taylor 1, Shae Fournier 1, Rebecca Gerrity 1. UC Davis: Jessica Dunn 3, Hannah Curran 1, Kathryn Bailey 1, Elsie Fullerton 1, Keelia Houston 1, Carmen Eggert 1.
GOALIE SAVES - IU: Jessica Gaudreault 9 (32:00). UC Davis: Riane Woods 15 (32:00).
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