No. 18 UC Davis falls twice at Stanford Invite

Freshman Chloe Robinson scored her first collegiate hat trick in Saturday's nightcap against No. 16 San Jose State.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
Feb. 4, 2017

STANFORD, Calif. - Freshman Chloe Robinson scored four goals in the nightcap against No. 16 San Jose State, while juniors Greta Kohlmoos and Paige Virgil each provided three total goals for the day, as No. 18 UC Davis dropped a pair of contests on the first day of the Stanford Invitational women's water polo tournament Saturday. The Aggies lost, 11-7, to No. 7 Michigan, then dropped a 11-10 thriller to the Spartans.

UC Davis moves to 1-7 for the season.

Robinson scored back-to-back goals in each half of the evening loss to SJSU for her first collegiate hat trick. Virgil added another two, while Kohlmoos, McKenna Hauss, Marcela Portales and Annie Kutt each netted one score.

San Jose State enjoyed three key runs to upend the Aggies in the game. After, Hauss and Kohlmoos ignited UC Davis to a 2-0 start, the Spartans netted four straight to take a 4-2 lead early in the second quarter. SJSU senior Donia Momen -- the older sister of Aggie freshman Ariana Momen -- hit two goals in less than a minute during that stretch. Robinson finished a counterattack then converted a power play with three ticks left to equalize at 4-4 by halftime.

Virgil's 6-on-5 goal to start the third quarter restored the UC Davis lead at 5-4, and a Portales goal later kept the Aggies in front by a 6-5 margin. Then the Spartans poured in three straight to flip the score to 8-6. UC Davis recovered in time to tie the game at 8-8, only to surrender another 3-0 run for SJSU's largest lead.

Robinson completed her hat trick just after the three-minute mark in the fourth and added another goal in transition with less than a minute to go, but the Aggies were unable to force an overtime, falling to SJSU by a single goal for the second time in 2017.

In Saturday's early game, senior Daniela Hernandez, Kutt and Kohlmoos each scored two goals against No. 7 Michigan, but UC Davis protect an early two-goal lead en route to the 11-7 loss.

The Aggies recovered from a 4-1 deficit to pull within a 4-3 deficit on consecutive two-meter goals by Hernandez and Kohlmoos in the opening quarter. U-M sophomore Kim Johnson scored on the next trip down to give her a team a 5-3 edge entering the second, but UC Davis responded with four unanswered to start that next frame. Hernandez and Kohlmoos each netted their second goals of the contest to equalize at 5-5. Kutt turned a steal into a counterattack goal to give the Aggies a 6-5 lead, then Kohlmoos' drawn five-meter foul led to a successful Virgil penalty shot.

However, the Wolverines scored two goals to even the game at 7-7 at halftime, then extended their stretch to six unanswered by shutting out the Aggies for the entire second half. UC Davis had three power-play opportunities in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter but could not convert.

Hernandez' performance marked her first career multi-goal game.

UC Davis opens Sunday's action against No. 4 California, then finishes the Stanford Invite with a game against its round-robin counterpart from the opposite bracket (LMU, UC Irvine or Hawai'i).

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No. 18 UC Davis 3 4 0 0 - 7
No. 7 Michigan 5 2 2 2 - 11

GOALS - UC DAVIS: Greta Kohlmoos 2, Daniela Hernandez 2, Annie Kutt 2, Paige Virgil 1. UM: Danielle Johnson 3, Allison Skaggs 2, Caroline Anderson 2, Kim Johnson 1, Heidi Moreland 1, Julia Sellers 1, Laura Jimenez 1.

No. 18 UC Davis 2 2 4 2 - 10
No. 16t San Jose State 3 1 4 3 - 11

GOALS - UC DAVIS: Chloe Robinson 4, Paige Virgil 2, McKenna Hauss 1, Greta Kohlmoos 1, Marcela Portales 1, Annie Kutt 1. SJSU: Donia Momen 2, Vanessa Elgohary 2, Carla Toha Vilanova 2, Sheila Jensen 2, Sierra Painter 1, McKenna Yates 1, Cara Robinson 1.