Preble, Hodgens Highlight Strong Effort Against No. 3 Stanford

Annie Preble scored goals in the first and third quarters as UC Davis made a strong overall effort against the third-ranked Cardinal. The freshman attacker also rotated in at hole setter, helping fill the absence of All-American Brittany Russell.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
 
Annie Preble scored goals in the first and third quarters as UC Davis made a strong overall effort against the third-ranked Cardinal. The freshman attacker also rotated in at hole setter, helping fill the absence of All-American Brittany Russell.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

March 5, 2004

DAVIS, Calif. - Four different Cardinal players scored first-quarter goals for a 4-1 start to lead No. 3 Stanford to an 8-5 victory over No. 14 UC Davis in a non-conference collegiate women's water polo game at Schaal Aquatics Center Friday. The Aggies, now 11-7 on the year, were led by three goals by senior Tiffany Hodgens' three goals and two by freshman Anne Preble.

The Cardinal improves to 9-2 overall. Scotti Shafer and Wendy Watkins each scored a pair of goals to lead their team to victory.

Preble was the first player to score in the game, converting at 5:44 in the first quarter. But Stanford responded with a goal by Shafer at 4:22, then a 6-on-5 goal by Katie Hansen a minute later. Alison Gregorka and Kelty Luber added even-strength goals later in the period to give the Cardinal a 4-1 lead after just more than five minutes of play.

Hodgens scored two goals in the second quarter, both on four-meter penalties drawn by teammate Alli Johnstone. Stanford added a trio of goals in that period, taking a 7-3 lead at the halftime break.

The Aggies closed to within three midway through the third quarter when sophomore Kristin Pfaff assisted Preble at the hole set, cutting the margin to 7-4. Johnstone helped set up that play when she collected the rebound of her first shot attempt, then allowed her team to reset its offense.

With less than two minutes remaining in the third, UC Davis had an opportunity to trim the lead to two goals when Hodgens drew an ejection of sophomore Erica Wilson. However, the Aggies couldn't convert as an errant pass ended the 6-on-5 threat.

Watkins scored her second goal - and her team's eighth - with at the 5:00 mark in the fourth. She made a nice cut from the four position, advanced to the cage, then converted the shot. It was the only Stanford goal in the second half and one of the few Cardinal goals scored from in front of the Aggie goal.

 

 

"I was really impressed with how well we took away their counterattack after the first quarter," said UC Davis head coach Jamey Wright. "We wanted to keep them out of the front court, and make them score from the tough angle and from farther away. We didn't give them much in front of the goal. We did a good job forcing them to take tougher shots.

"I was just really pleased. The team stepped up without [center] Brittany Russell. Both goalies played well. And Annie Preble made a huge step forward in terms of doing what she's capable of. It was good to see."

Meredith McColl posted five sets in net for Stanford. Nicole Hall and Meggan Brownrigg platooned at goalkeeper for UC Davis, recording four saves between them. Hall had a big save in the final minute of the first half, knocking down Shafer's two-meter attempt and spoiling the sophomore driver's bid for a hat trick.

The Aggies head to UC Santa Cruz on Saturday, facing Redlands and Whittier in neutral-site action, then taking on the host Banana Slugs.

 

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Stanford (9-2)

4

3

0

1

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8

UC Davis (11-7)

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2

1

1

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5

GOALS - Stanford: Scott Shafer 2, Wendy Watkins 2, Alison Gregorka 1, Katie Hansen 1, Kelty Luber 1, Hannah Luber 1. UC Davis: Tiffany Hodgens 3, Annie Preble 2.

GOALIES - Stanford: Meredith McColl 5 saves, 5 goals against. UC Davis: Nicole Hall 3 saves, 7 goals against (14:00); Meggan Brownrigg 1 save, 1 goal against (14:00).