No. 14 UC Davis Beats Pacific, SSU To Complete Tourney Sweep

Keelia Houston had two goals and an assist during the Aggies' 5-0 run in the third quarter against No. 18 Pacific.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communciations)

Feb. 17, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore attacker Keelia Houston scored six total goals, including a career-high four against 18th-ranked Pacific, to help No. 14 UC Davis to a pair of wins at the Davis Challenge women's water polo tournament at Schaal Aquatics Center Sunday. The Aggies shut down the Tigers in a 12-5 early-afternoon victory, then held on to an 8-6 win over Sonoma State in the nightcap.

UC Davis evens its record to 5-5, going a perfect 4-0 in the first of its two home tournaments.

Senior Carmen Eggert scored two goals in each contest while turning in a four-steal, two-block defensive effort against Pacific. Senior Jessica Dunn totaled three goals and six assists for the day, while junior Erin Schlueter netted a goal in each contest. With goalkeepers Riane Woods and Haley Cameron sidelined by injuries, sophomore Jillian Wilding played every minute of the two games for the second straight day. She posted nine saves against the Tigers, seven against the Seawolves.

The Aggies pulled away from a tight 4-3 battle in the first half to prevail in Sunday's early contest with Pacific. Houston scored two goals and assisted on Eggert's 6-on-5 goal amidst a run of five unanswered in the third. Dunn had three assists in that stretch: to Schlueter's perimeter shot, to center Hannah Curran at two meters and to Houston at the 1-position with 4:01 left. Dunn later scored back-to-back goals in the fourth to help seal the victory.

In contrast to the game against the Tigers, UC Davis broke away early against the Seawolves only to see its lead wither in the final period. Eggert and Houston each hit two first-half goals in boosting the Aggies to a 6-3 halftime lead. Sophomore utility Paige Oreglia completed a counterattack early in the third to extend the edge to four, then center Elsie Fullerton delivered with a minute left in that frame to push the margin to 8-3.



However, Sonoma State's Lindsay Rangel, Laura Kunz and Colette Reid each converted 6-on-5 opportunities in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit. UC Davis shot 0-for-5 in the final quarter but was able to manage the clock for the final minute, even forcing a desperate Seawolf 6-on-5 attempt that sailed over the cage.

In neutral-water action, Michele Relton tallied 11 saves and Gracie Smith scored a hat trick to help Pacific protect an early 6-1 lead in an 11-6 win over Cal Lutheran. CLU turned around to a 9-8 loss to Sonoma State in the noon game. The Seawolves recovered from an 8-5 deficit before Lindsay Rangel scored the game-winner with two seconds remaining. SSU was held scoreless in the first and third quarters but piled up nine in even-numbered frames.

UC Davis returns to the road at the prestigious UCI Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. The Aggies, who open with the No. 6 host Anteaters, are pooled with No. 3 UCLA and No. 16 UC San Diego for Day 1 action.

Schaal Aquatics Center

Cal Lutheran 0 2 0 4 - 6
Pacific 3 4 1 3 - 11

GOALS - CLU: Skylar Vasquez 2, Kehau Ai 1, Adrienne Ingalla 1, Jordan Card 1, Julia Samarin 1. PAC: Gracie Smith 3, Malena Prlain 2, Noelle Mann 2, Brydie Pye 2, Taylor Adair 1, Chelsea Weir 1.

GOALIE SAVES - CLU: Kylie Tomasetti 8 (24:00), Gina Merry 1 (8:00). PAC: Michele Relton 11 (32:00).

Cal Lutheran (0-5) 2 2 3 1 - 8
Sonoma State 0 5 0 4 - 9

GOALS - CLU: Kaylee Kastrup 2, Jordan Card 2, Adrienne Ingalla 1, Kehau Ai 1, Jane Galluzzi 1, Morgan McCardell 1. SSU: Brittney Hummel 2, Colette Reid 2, Nicole Browning 2, Lindsay Rangel 2, Noelle Herrera 1.

GOALIE SAVES - CLU: Kylee Tomasetti 7 (32:00). SSU: Ariel Lockshaw 9 (32:00).

#18 Pacific (7-3) 1 2 1 1 - 5
#14 UC Davis 3 1 5 3 - 12

GOALS - PAC: Rebecca Wright 2, Elise Martin 1, Gracie Smith 1, Brydie Pye 1. UC Davis: Keelia Houston 4, Carmen Eggert 2, Jessica Dunn 2, Kathryn Bailey 1, Hannah Curran 1, Erin Schlueter 1, Hannah Breen 1.

GOALIE SAVES - PAC: Michele Relton 6 (32:00). UC Davis: Jillian Wilding 9 (32:00).

Sonoma State (5-9) 1 2 0 3 - 6
#14 UC Davis (5-5) 3 3 2 0 - 8

GOALS - SSU: Colette Reid 3, Adrienne Bisharat 1, Laura Kunz 1, Lindsay Rangel 1. UC Davis: Carmen Eggert 2, Keelia Houston 2, Jessica Dunn 1, Erin Schlueter 1, Paige Oreglia 1, Elsie Fullerton 1.

GOALIE SAVES - SSU: Ariel Lockshaw 11 (32:00). UC Davis: Jillian Wilding 7 (32:00).