Bailey Lifts Aggies Past Tritons In Sudden Victory

Center Hannah Curran tallied seven goals for the day, including a career-high six against No. 17 UC San Diego.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</I>)
 
Center Hannah Curran tallied seven goals for the day, including a career-high six against No. 17 UC San Diego.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

Feb. 23, 2013

IRVINE, Calif. - Senior Kathryn Bailey scored just 14 seconds into the first sudden-victory period to lead 14th-ranked UC Davis to a 13-12 win over 17th-ranked UC San Diego in the final game of Day 1 action at the UC Irvine Invitational women's water polo tournament, held jointly at Anteater Aquatics Complex and Corona Del Mar High School. The Aggies previously lost 9-4 to the sixth-ranked host.

Bailey's game-winner was her third goal of the day, giving the senior attacker her first career hat trick. Junior center Hannah Curran netted a career-high six goals in the thriller with the Tritons, two in the Aggies' five-goal output in the first quarter plus two more in the wild fourth quarter that forced the extra periods.

UC Davis pulled away to an 8-5 lead midway in the second quarter before sophomore Jolene Guiliana cut the margin to two at the break. The Tritons fired off two more goals to tie the game, with Alexis Wieseler converting a five-meter penalty shot to equalize 8-8 as the game entered the fourth.

Melissa Bartow briefly gave UCSD a 9-8 lead early in the final regulation period before Curran tied the game back up at 9-9. Guiliana's rebound and putback again sent Tritons on top, only to have Aggie senior Jessica Dunn match the tally. Curran scored out of two meters to give UC Davis an 11-10 edge and its first lead since the second quarter. UCSD answered yet again, this time in the form of Sarah Lizotte's wrist shot with three minutes remaining.

Neither team scored the rest of the way, as sophomore Jillian Wilding posted a key save in the final seconds of regulation. UC Davis fired two shots early in the first overtime but could not connect. Instead, UCSD defender Allison Delgado put her team up by one with a cross-cage shot. The Tritons had a chance to move ahead by two when Guliana's steal initiated a counterattack opportunity, but Julia Kirkland's ensuing shot missed wide.

 

 

In the second segment of overtime, Curran hit her sixth goal of the game to tie the proceedings at 12-12. UCSD later had a 6-on-5 chance foiled on a field block by Aggie senior Carmen Eggert. Sophomore Keelia Houston looked to end the game in overtime but was unable to connect on two shots in the final 26 seconds, forcing the sudden victory. In that next frame, Houston won the sprint to give UC Davis the crucial first possession and Bailey punched in the go-ahead.

Besides Curran's six goals in the nightcap, she had one of the Aggies' four scores in the afternoon loss to the Anteaters. UCI jumped out to a 3-0 lead on two goals by Katie Croghan, then extended it to 6-1 by the first quarter's end. Croghan extended the lead to 7-1 when she completed her hat trick early in the second.

Meanwhile, Curran scored in the first quarter to break up the early UCI onslaught. Dunn scored late in the second quarter to bring the score to its halftime state of 8-2. Eggert completed a 6-on-5 chance and Hannah Breen delivered a fourth goal with a minute remaining.

Wilding, who took over goalkeeping chores to start the second quarter, tallied five saves against UCI before recording another six in the win over UCSD.

UC Davis opens play against UC Santa Barbara at the CDM pool on Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m.

UCI INVITATIONAL WOMEN'S WATER POLO TOURNAMENT, DAY ONE
Anteater Aquatics Complex

#14 UC Davis 1 1 0 2 - 4
#6 UC Irvine 6 2 1 1 - 9

GOALS - UC Davis: Hannah Curran 1, Jessica Dunn 1, Carmen Eggert 1, Hannah Breen 1. UCI: Katie Crogham 3, Kelsey Klatt 1, Taylor Morrison 1, Hillary Estrada 1, Ambyr Stewart 1, Cambria Shockley 1, Michaela Pierandozzi 1.

GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Riane Woods 1 (8:00), Jillian Wilding 5 (24:00). UCI: Jilian Yocum 10 (24:00), Annika Nelson 0 (8:00).

#17 UC San Diego 3 3 2 3 1 0 0 - 12
#14 UC Davis 5 3 0 3 0 1 1 - 13

GOALS - UCSD: Alexis Wieseler 2, Julia Kirkland 2, Sarah Lizotte 2, Jolene Guiliana 2, Allison Delgado 2, Rachel Brooks 1, Melissa Bartow 1. UC Davis: Hannah Curran 6, Kathryn Bailey 3, Hannah Breen 1, Carmen Eggert 1, Keelia Houston 1, Katrina Husted 1, Jessica Dunn 1.

GOALIE SAVES - UCSD: Courtney Miller 6. UC Davis: Jillian Wilding 6 (32:00).