Aggies Pull Away From Broncos In Saturday's Doubleheader Opener

March 5, 2005

DAVIS, Calif. - Three Aggies -- Jessica Soza, Jessi Lafayette and Casie Mota -- scored two goals each to lead UC Davis to a 11-7 win over Santa Clara in the first of two women's collegiate water polo games at Schaal Aquatics Center Saturday.

The Aggies, ranked 14th in this week's national coaches' poll, improve to 8-11 on the season.

UC Davis scored first when Nicole Lorrimer set up Jessica Soza at the 4:35 mark in the first quarter. However, the Broncos answered less than a minute later with a goal by Alannah Simpkins. That proved to be the pattern in the early stages of the game: Santa Clara answered each Aggie goal on its next possession, holding a 3-3 tie with 5:28 remaining in the second.

However, UC Davis pulled away at the end of the first half, scoring three unanswered goals in a span of three minutes. Mota converted her second 6-on-5 goal to push the Aggies ahead by a 4-3 margin, then Lafayette and Sarah Rees each scored even-strength goals to give UC Davis a 6-3 lead at the halftime break.

Santa Clara's Katie Radvani scored the second of her four total goals early in the third quarter to cut the Aggie margin to two, but the hosts responded with a goal by freshman Christi Raycraft and four-meter penalty conversion by Jenny Stephanopoulos to claim a 8-4 advantage after three periods.

Radvanyi scored two goals in a 25-second span during the fourth quarter, helping the Broncos approach within a three-goal deficit. But Aggie junior Michaela Brady added the knockout punch at 0:54 to give her team its 11-7 final.



This matchup was the first of two Aggie home games for the day. UC Davis will face Arizona State at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Santa Clara (10-8) 2 1 1 3 - 7
UC Davis (8-11)( 2 4 2 3 - 11

GOALS - SCU: Katie Radvanyi 4, Catherine Flynn 1, Emily Bonk 1. UC Davis: Jessica Soza 2, Casie Mota 2, Jessi Lafayette 2, Jenny Stephanopoulos 1, Sarah Rees 1, Christi Raycraft 1, Cassie Schaefer 1, Michaela Brady 1.

GOALIE SAVES - SCU: Kristin Barnes 3. UC Davis: Lina Moore 5 (21:00), Nicole Hall 2 (7:00).