No. 14 Aggies post 10-6 win over No. 20 Crimson

March 12, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior goalkeeper Avery Dotterer posted a career-high 15 saves while sophomore utility Annie Kutt netted her second hat trick in as many days, leading 14th-ranked UC Davis to a 10-6 win over No. 20 Harvard in non-conference collegiate women's water polo action at Schaal Aquatics Center Sunday afternoon.

The Aggies even their record to 13-13. The Crimson moves to 6-6 for the year.

Dotterer totaled four saves in the first quarter, two in the second, five in the third, then four in the final frame before handing the netminding duties to freshman Caitlin Golding for the final four and a half minutes. Kutt scored a goal in each of the first three quarters, helping UC Davis forge a 6-3 edge at halftime. Senior Daniela Hernandez converted two power-play opportunities, while five other Aggies had one goal each.

Harvard freshman Sofia Carrera-Justiz poured in team-high three goals but fouled out to start the fourth quarter.

UC Davis never trailed in the contest, but struggled on the offensive end in the first quarter. Junior Paige Virgil hit a five-meter penalty shot to open the scoring, then Crimson attacker Zoe Osborne answered with an exclusion goal on the next possession to even things up at 1-1. Dotterer then posted four saves to keep Harvard off the board, then sent a long outlet to Kutt for the go-ahead with 19 seconds left in the first.

Despite surrendering two perimeter goals from Carrera-Justiz, the Aggies stretched their lead to 6-3 by the halftime break. Freshman Abbey Pfefferlen scored from set early in the second, junior Greta Kohlmoos followed suit 80 seconds later, and Kutt connected on a back-handed sweep shot with 2:30 left. Senior Hannah Harvey then assisted Hernandez on a 6-on-5 score with 1:33 left.

Kutt converted an assist from senior Sammy Preston at the 5:30 mark in the third quarter, then Harvey made it four unanswered with her goal less than a minute later. Carrera-Justiz ended more than a quarter's worth of scoreless play for Harvard with her 6-on-5 conversion with 3:41 to go in the frame. Dotterer posted a key steal in front of the cage then came up with a stop on a Harvard counterattack to keep UC Davis up by 8-4 heading into the fourth.

Hernandez and freshman Chloe Robinson each scored goals in the finale to help seal the Aggie win.

UC Davis returns to Big West Conference play with a home game against CSUN on Saturday.

No. 20t Harvard (6-6) 1 2 1 2 - 6
No. 14 UC Davis (13-13) 2 4 2 2 - 10

GOALS - HARVARD: Sofia Carrera-Justiz 3, Zoe Osborne 1, Julie Harrison 1, Mathilde Ribordy 1. UC DAVIS: Annie Kutt 3, Daniela Hernandez 2, Paige Virgil 1, Greta Kohlmoos 1, Abbey Pfefferlen 1, Hannah Harvey 1, Chloe Robinson 1.

GOALIE SAVES - HARVARD: Cleo Harrington 9 (32:00). UC DAVIS: Avery Dotterer 15 (27:24), Caitlin Golding 2 (4:36).