March 10, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior goalkeeper Rachel Tatusko tallied 20 total saves in four scoreless quarters of work while local products Dakotah Mohr and Keelia Houston each had four goals, helping No. 15 UC Davis claim a pair of decisive wins in a women's water polo doubleheader at Schaal Aquatics Center Saturday. The Aggies downed Santa Clara, 15-2, then took down Sonoma State by an 11-1 final.
UC Davis improves to 8-11 for the year.
Tatusko posted five stops in third-quarter relief of starter Riane Woods in the morning victory against the Broncos, then tallied a career-best 15 saves in the first three periods against the Seawolves. Of her 20 saves, five came against opposing power plays while another halted a five-meter penalty shot by SCU's Marina Allen.
Houston scored two goals in just four minutes in the morning matchup with SCU, helping the Aggies storm to a 5-0 start. Former Davis High teammate Elise Fullerton scored the game's first goal, then drew an exclusion and assisted Carmen Eggert on a 6-on-5 chance for the third tally.
Hannah Curran, Erin Schlueter and Carlie Spore matched Houston's total against the Broncos. Schlueter, Allyson Hansen and Paige Oreglia each notched two steals on the defensive effort, which helped shut out SCU for the first 25 minutes of play. The Aggies led 8-0 at halftime and 11-0 through three periods before Claire Eadington put the Broncos on the board with a 6-on-5 goal early in the fourth.
UC Davis continued its strong defense into the afternoon game with Sonoma State. Mohr scored a hat trick and Houston added two more on offense. Tatusko's work in the net helped hold Seawolf leading scorer Bridgette Souza to 0-for-7 shooting. Mohr and senior Alicia Began combined for six steals, mostly around two meters.
Woods stopped three player-up shots in the first half against Santa Clara. Freshman Jillian Wilding protected the cage in the fourth quarter of each game, recording seven total saves.
UC Davis returns to action for another Saturday home doubleheader, this time against Maryland and Fresno Pacific at 1 and 2:30 p.m. The two visiting teams are also scheduled for square off for a neutral-site match at 9 a.m. that morning.
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GOALS - SCU: Claire Eadington 1, Nicolette Balch 1. UC Davis: Keelia Houston 2, Hannah Curran 2, Erin Schlueter 2, Carlie Spore 2, Elise Fullerton 1, Dakotah Mohr 1, Carmen Eggert 1, Allyson Hansen 1, Carey Faber 1, Ariel Feeney 1, Katie Schlueter 1.
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