Sixth-Ranked Cal Opens Strong, Outduels Aggies

Feb. 9, 2005

DAVIS, Calif. - Golden Bear sophomore all-arounder Elsie Windes scored one goal in each of the four quarters while junior Allison Gold added two more scores to lead sixth-ranked UC Berkeley to an 8-2 win over 12th-ranked UC Davis in a collegiate women's water polo game at Schaal Aquatics Center Wednesday.

The Aggies move to 6-4 on the season. The Golden Bears open their season at 1-0.

Sophomore Cassie Schaefer accounted for both of the UC Davis goals, converting 6-on-5 opportunities in each of the second and third periods.

"We knew the first quarter would really dictate this game. Getting a good start was a real priority for us," said Aggie head coach Jamey Wright. "When you spot the other team a three-goal lead, it makes everything hard. They can loosen up and take more chances."

"We talked before the game about controlling the tempo. You control tempo by controlling the ball. If you take quick shots or turn the ball over, that works to Cal's advantage. They want to swim up and down the pool. It's much easier to score goals counterattacking if you think you're the better team."

After nearly five minutes of scoreless ball between the two teams, Cal erupted for three goals in the first quarter. Gold fired in the first goal at the 2:13 mark, then Windes delivered from six meters out for the second score. Brittani Llorente then beat the clock with a eight-meter shot to send the Golden Bear lead to 3-0.

UC Davis finally reached the scoring column after freshman Christi Raycraft drew an ejection of Cal's Breanna Allison at the 5:15 mark in the second quarter. Aggie freshman Mary Lowe assisted Schaefer on the man-up goal, cutting the lead to 3-1. However, Cal responded with a Lauren McGee counterattack with 2:21 left in the half, then extended its lead to 5-1 when Katie Card assisted Windes on a two-meter score at 1:01.



Windes and Gold added two more Golden Bear goals early in the third quarter, stretching the winning margin to six goals. With 2:22 remaining in the third, Raycraft again drew an exclusion of Breanna Allison, with Schaefer converting the 6-on-5 situation. However, UC Davis never scored again while Windes found the Aggie cage for her fourth goal in that final period.

Sophomore Lina Moore was a bright spot for UC Davis defensively, posting a season-high 11 saves in net.

Both the Aggies and Golden Bears return to action at the Stanford Invitational. UC Davis opens tournament action with top-ranked UCLA on Saturday, February 12.

UC Berkeley 3 2 2 1 - 8
UC Davis 0 1 1 0 - 2

GOALS - CAL: Elsie Windes 4, Allison Gold 2, Brittani Llorente 1, Lauren McGee 1. UC Davis: Cassie Schaefer 2.

GOALIE SAVES - CAL: Alex Feune de Colombi 4 (14:00), Brittany Mohr 1 (7:00), Heather Stuart 3 (7:00). UC Davis: Lina Moore 11.