UC Davis Falls In Heartbreaker To UCSB

Senior Hannah Curran led all Aggies with four goals on Day 1 at the UCI Invitational.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</I>)
 
Senior Hannah Curran led all Aggies with four goals on Day 1 at the UCI Invitational.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

Feb. 22, 2014

UCI Invitational Headquarters

IRVINE, Calif. - Senior center Hannah Curran scored three goals and helped No. 14 UC Davis erase an early deficit against No. 16 UC Santa Barbara, but Jessie Porter's fourth-quarter heroics ultimately lifted the Gauchos to an 11-9 win in closing out Day 1 at the UCI Invitational women's water polo tournament. The Aggies lost to fifth-ranked UC Irvine, 8-5, to open its Saturday session.

UC Davis slips to 8-9 for the season.

Curran finished the day with four total goals, having scored one in the opener with the Anteaters. Junior defender Elsie Fullerton added two goals against UCSB, while sophomore center Allyson Hansen and junior attacker Keelia Houston had one goal in each contest.

The Aggies surrendered early deficits in each contest, slipping into a 5-1 hole against UCI and a 4-1 corner in the nightcap with the Gauchos. UCSB held a 3-1 edge in the first quarter and pulled ahead to a 4-1 lead on Megan Linder's goal to start the second. However Fullerton netted both of her goals in that second frame to help the Aggies back to just a 5-4 deficit at the halftime break.

Porter, who finished with a game-high seven goals, hit her fourth on a five-meter penalty shot early in the third quarter to boost the Gauchos back to a two-goal lead. However, the Aggies fought back, first on Sammi Murphy's power-play goal then on Curran's equalizer, the latter of which made it 6-6 with less than three minutes left. Senior Alex Rawlinson gave UC Davis its first lead when her long lob evaded UCSB goalie Mackenzie Brokaw, but the Gauchos' Samantha Murphy barred in a shot to tie the score at 7-7 to close out the third.

 

 

The Aggies took the advantage yet again in the fourth as Hansen drew a five-meter foul and Houston converted the ensuing penalty shot. But Porter scored on a pair of bombs to tip the scales back to UCSB's favor, making it 9-8. Hansen answered with an equalizer at the 4:52 mark, only to have Porter respond with her seventh and final goal three minutes later. Porter also posted a steal on the next possession, allowing the Gauchos into clock-management mode.

UC Davis ran a pair of timeout plays in hopes of forcing overtime and even went without a goalkeeper in a last-ditch effort to score in the final seconds, but UCSB was able to defend. Freshman Jenna Solberg tacked on a final goal into the empty Aggie net to bring the tally to its final 11-9.

In Saturday's opener, UC Davis made a third-quarter comeback to cut into its early deficit but never closed the gap by less than two. UCI had led 5-1 in the second quarter before Curran's skip shot cut the lead to 5-2 heading to the halftime break. Katrina Husted and Keelia Houston each converted power plays to close the gap to 5-3 and 6-4, respectively, during the third.

The `Eaters pulled away in the fourth, getting goals by sophomores McKenna Mitchell and Ambyr Stewart to set the board at 8-4. That run all but sealed the victory for UCI, which only surrendered a counterattack goal by Aggie sophomore Allyson Hansen with a minute remaining in regulation.

Saturday's loss to UCSB marks the first time UC Davis has lost to a lower-ranked team this season. The two teams faced off two weeks early at the Triton Invite, with the Aggies claiming a 6-5 victory.

UC Davis will face Bakersfield at 10:30 to begin Sunday's play, then will take on either San Diego State or Pacific in the afternoon. The four teams are jockeying for 13th through 16th place in the tournament. All games will take place at the Corona Del Mar High School site.

2014 UCI INVITATIONAL
February 22 • Anteater Aquatics Complex
UC Davis games only.

#14 UC Davis 1 1 2 1 - 5
#5 UC Irvine 3 2 1 2 - 8

GOALS - UC Davis: Carla Tocchini 1, Hannah Curran 1, Katrina Husted 1, Keelia Houston 1, Allyson Hansen 1. UCI: McKenna Mitchell 3, Jessy Cardey 2, Danielle Warde 1, Hanna Lancaster 1, Ambyr Stewart 1.

GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Jillian Wilding 3 (32:00). UCI: Jillian Yocum 4 (32:00).

#16 UC Santa Barbara 3 2 2 4 - 11
#14 UC Davis 1 3 3 2 - 9

GOALS - UCSB: Jessie Porter 7, Samantha Murphy 1, Megan Linder 1, Brenna Thomas 1, Jenna Solberg 1. UC Davis: Hannah Curran 3, Elsie Fullerton 2, Sammi Murphy 1, Alex Rawlinson 1, Keelia Houston 1, Allyson Hansen 1.

GOALIE SAVES - UCSB: Mackenzie Brokaw 4 (32:00). UC Davis: Jillian Wilding 3 (32:00).