March 9, 2013
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The 13th-ranked UC Davis women's water polo team lost a last-minute heartbreaker to a 15th-ranked Big West Conference foe for the second time in as many days, this time falling to UC Santa Barbara in the final 10 seconds in an 8-7 thriller at Campus Pool Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies slip to 10-9 overall and 0-2 in conference. The Gauchos improve to 12-7 for the year and open Big West play at 1-0.
Junior center Hannah Curran and senior attackers Carmen Eggert and Jessica Dunn scored two goals each while junior Alex Rawlinson scored the seventh. Freshman Jessie Porter led UCSB with three goals, including the game-winner with just 10 seconds remaining in the contest. Senior defender Kacey Creek added another two goals for the Gauchos.
After spotting UCSB a 2-1 lead through the first quarter, UC Davis exploded for four straight goals in the second to take a 5-2 halftime lead. Rawlinson hit a 6-on-5 chance with 6:20 left in the period, then Curran scored on even strength a minute later to make give the Aggies their first lead. Dunn's power play goal at 4:29 and Eggert's natural with nine ticks remaining stretched the UC Davis edge to three at the break.
The Gauchos stormed back to within one goal after the third, with only Eggert's five-meter penalty goal keeping the Aggies in front. Creek equalized early in the fourth to bring the tally to 6-6, only to have Dunn send UC Davis back up by one on the next possession. The Aggies defended two Gaucho 6-on-5s during the middle stretch of the final period before UCSB finally converted a power play: Creek netted her second goal of the fourth at the 1:33 mark.
The two teams continued to battle until the Gauchos gained possession with 44 seconds left and called a timeout. Porter scored her winner with :10 remaining, and UC Davis was unable to force an overtime during those waning seconds.
Saturday's loss comes less than 24 hours after UC Davis' 12-11 setback at Cal State Northridge. Both CSUN and UCSB were tied for 15th in Wednesday's national coaches' poll.
The Aggies continue Big West Conference road action, this time against first-year member San Diego State on Friday. The Aztecs are currently ranked seventh nationally.
|#13 UC Davis (10-9, 0-2)||1||4||1||1||-||7|
|#15 UC Santa Barbara (12-7, 0-1)||2||0||3||3||-||8|
GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Riane Woods 4 (32:00). UCSB: Ruth Milne 3 (32:00).