Feb. 23, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. --- Junior Alli Johnstone scored two goals in UC Davis' 3-1 semifinal win over UC San Diego, then senior Beth Jay's three goals and prodigious defense led the Aggies to a 5-4 victory over the Australian University Sport club team in the championship game of the Davis Shootout women's water polo tournament Sunday.
UC Davis improves to 8-6 on the season. The win against AUS does not count toward the team's season record as the NCAA only recognizes competition against four-year, degree-granting institutions.
Jay's lone goal against UCSD came in the third period to break a 1-1 halftime tie, but her defensive play against the Tritons earned most of the praise from head coach Jamey Wright.
"Beth Jay is just a monster for us. She is able to match up with their best two-meter player and push her out," said Wright. "San Diego has a good team but they need [senior hole setter] Dana Tucker to have a good game. If she's neutralized, it takes away a big part of their game. I thought we did a great job making her work. I just can't say enough about the job Beth is doing."
Jay also provided the offensive punch against AUS, converting a pair of 6-on-5 opportunities in the fourth quarter to keep the Aggies one step ahead of the Australian club throughout the second half. Goalkeeper Kelsey Whalen also provided defensive support with nine saves and her aggressive play in front of the cage.
The AUS club had two opportunities to tie the game in the final 30 seconds, but Kristin Pfaff nulled the first chance with a key steal of Elly Goodwin. Then with nine seconds remaining, Whalen knocked down Goodwin's last-chance shot attempt to the upper corner of the cage.
Australia had advanced to the final by virtue of its 5-3 win over Hartwick College in the opposite semifinal. Lauren Varlow led AUS with three goals while Sheri Johnson paced the Hawks with two scores. That contest was marked by 10 man-up situations for each team, none of which AUS successfully converted.
After the semifinal loss to UC Davis, the Tritons moved to the third-place game of the tournament where they overtook Hartwick in the final minutes for a 9-8 victory. After a 7-5 halftime, UCSD moved within one score with Tucker's goal with 32 seconds in the third period and tied the game at 7-7 wth Danielle Bourret completed a 6-on-5 opportunity. Junior center Ashleigh Jacobs regained the lead for the Hawks on the next possession, but Triton Miranda Paulson answered with a game-tying goal less than a minute later. Finally, Elizabeth Keesey punched in the game-winner at 1:11 -- marking the only time UCSD led during the contest.
The Hawks had already provided their share of excitement earlier in that game as Sheri Johnson hit shots from mid-tank in the final seconds of each of the first two quarters. Johnson, Jacobs and Carly Strub each scored two goals to lead Hartwick.
Pacific Jessica Schroeder scored four goals to lead her team to a 5-4 win over Cal St. Bakersfield in the fifth-place game, scoring the winning goal on a four-meter penalty shot with 5:39 remaining in the fourth quarter. Schroeder was the tournament's leading scorer, having posted four goals in her team's 9-8 overtime victory over Santa Clara to go with the 10 goals she recorded in Saturday's action.
Amanda Ginn's goal with 1:51 remaining lifted Santa Clara to a 7-6 win
over UC Santa Cruz in the seventh-place contest. Kelley Mays scored a hat
trick for the Broncos while Emily Erskine's four goals -- three as the result
of ejections -- led the Banana Slugs.
|Cal St. Bakersfield||3||1||2||2||-||8|
|UC Santa Cruz||0||1||1||1||-||3|
|GOALS - CSUB: Allison Malcynzski 2, Lori Mattingly 2, Jennifer Nelson 2,
Jacqueline Hanisits 1, Coral Cozad 1. UCSC: Emily Erskine 1, Tevis Rybin
1, Lauren Bundy 1.|
GOALIE SAVES - CSUB: Sarah Ashbey 1 (14:00), Kelly Koser 2 (14:00). UCSC: Joanne Heraty 5.
|GOALS - UOP: Jessica Schroeder 4, Jessica Melcher 3, Kelly McNeely 1, Kristin
Cockerill 1. SCU: Becky Hong 3, Kelley Mays 1, Elizabeth Glotzbach 1, Amanda
Ginn 1, Alanna Simmons 1. |
GOALIE SAVES - UOP: Julie Ross 8. SCU: Anne Ginotti 3 (14:00), Alexandra Dalmau 4 (20:00)
|Australia University Sport (club)||1||0||2||2||-||5|
|GOALS - AUS: Lauren Varlow 3, Elly Goodwin 1, Analie Houston 1. Hartwick:
Sheri Johnson 2, Carly Strub 1. |
GOALIE SAVES - AUS: Jenny Kachel 4 (14:00), Annabel Sides 4 (14:00). Hartwick: Amy Brunton 8.
|UC San Diego||0||1||0||0||-||1|
|GOALS - UC Davis: Alli Johnstone 2, Beth Jay, 1. UCSD: Miranda Paulson,
GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Kelsey Whalen 2. UCSD: Kaitlin Foe 9.
|Santa Clara (5-7)||1||2||2||2||-||7|
|UC Santa Cruz (3-15)||1||1||1||3||-||6|
|GOALS - Santa Clara: Kelley Mays 3. Becky Hong 1, Katy Shumm 1, Alanna Simpkins
1, Amanda Ginn, 1. UCSC: Emily Erskine 4, Sally Hansen 1, Lizzy Ryan 1.
GOALIE SAVES - Santa Clara: Alexandra Dalmau 1 (14:00), Anne Ginotti no saves (14:00). UCSC; Cristina Martinez 6.
|Cal St. Bakersfield (5-8)||0||2||2||0||-||4|
|GOALS - Pacific: Jessica Schroeder 4, Kristin Cockerill 1. CSUB: Allison
Macynzski 1, Lori Mattingly 1, Chelsea Hoffarth 1, Amy Davis 1. |
GOALIE SAVES - Pacific: Julie Ross 9. CSUB: Sarah Ashbey 8.
|UC San Diego (8-2)||2||3||1||3||-||9|
|GOALS - UCSD: Dana Tucker 2, Elizabeth Keesey 2, Miranda Paulson 2, Danelle
Bourret 1, Meris Bantilan-Smith 1. Hartwick: Asleigh Jacobs 2, Sheri Johnson
2, Carly Strub 2, Vanessa Malik 1, Kate Chambers 1. |
GOALIE SAVES - UCSD: Kaitlin Foe 6. Hartwick: Amy Brunton 11.
|Australia University Sport (club)||1||0||1||2||-||4|
|GOALS - UC Davis: Beth Jay 3, Melissa Agee 1, Alli Johnstone 1. AUS: Lauren
Varlow 1, Elly Goodwin 1, Emma Polkinghorne 1, Emma Keogh 1. |
GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Kelsey Whalen 9. AUS: Annabel Sides 3 (14:00), Jenny Kachel 4 (14:00).