Feb. 22, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior driver Sandy Onweller scored three goals while Holly Hartzell added two more to lead San Diego State to a 6-3 win over UC San Diego in the title game of the Davis Shootout women's water polo tournament at UC Davis' Schaal Aquatics Center Sunday. The Aztecs finished as the only unbeaten team of the nine-team field.
The host Aggies finished fourth in the tournament, winning both of their second-day games. Freshman Annie Preble scored three goals and Alia Hansen, Brittany Russell and Tiffany Hodgens each chipped in two more in UC Davis' 11-5 win over Cal St. Northridge in the late Sunday game. The Aggies held a 5-4 edge at halftime, but broke loose for a 6-1 second-half finish in the win over the Matadors.
"Annie's goals came at important times. It was 2-1, she scored to make it 3-1. It was 6-4, she made it 7-4. They came at times that gave us that cushion," said UC Davis head coach Jamey Wright. "The other thing that jumps out at me is that we outscored them 6-1 in the second half. The hard conditioning this team does paid off."
UC Davis also beat Santa Clara, 11-2, in earlier action. Hodgens and Russell led nine scorers with two goals each.
The Tritons, who defeated UC Davis in Saturday's dramatic 7-6 battle, took second in the tournament. UCSD beat third-place Arizona State in Sunday's sixth game, getting a pair of scores by Courtney Clevenger. SDSU also beat the Sun Devils in its first Sunday contest by a 9-4 final, getting three goals from Hartzell.
Cal St. Bakersfield, which went winless on Saturday, swept through Pacific and UC Santa Cruz by scores of 13-5 and 15-5, respectively, to take seventh place. Katie Dacus had a hat trick in Sunday's opener with the Tigers, then four Roadrunners matched the feat in the win over the Banana Slugs.
Cal St. Northridge finished fifth in the tournament, getting a 5-1 win over Santa Clara in Game 11 before suffering the loss to UC Davis. Pacific placed eighth and UCSC took ninth to round out of the finish order.
Hartzell, who earlier this season became SDSU's all-time leading scorer, led all tournament scorers with 12 goals. Hodgens was UC Davis' top scorer with 10 goals.
UC Davis heads to UC Santa Barbara next, first for a match against the Gauchos then to participate in the annual Gaucho Invitational.