March 17, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior goalkeeper Riane Woods tallied a career-high 18 saves while Elsie Fullerton and Jessica Dunn each scored two goals, leading 15th-ranked UC Davis to an 8-6 upset of 10th-ranked Maryland in collegiate women's water polo action at Schaal Aquatics Center Saturday. The Aggies followed with a 12-5 victory over Fresno Pacific.
UC Davis, winners of five straight, improve to 10-11 for the year.
Woods net-minding work helped restrict the Terps to just 6-for-27 shooting in the contest. She posted seven saves and a steal in the second quarter, including a key stop of a Maryland counterattack with 20 seconds before the half, allowing the Aggies to a 4-3 edge at the break.
After the two teams battled to a 2-2 tie in the first period, the Terps took a 3-2 lead when senior utility Carly Hoshko punched in a 6-on-5 goal from two meters at the 6:17 mark in the second. But junior Carmen Eggert hit a cross-cage lob to equalize at 4:12, then Dunn put UC Davis back on top with her player-up goal with 2:24 to go. Gerrity attempted to tie the score when she swam straight toward the Aggie cage on a counterattack. But Dunn chased Gerrity down and stood her up at two meters. Gerrity's shot went directly into Woods' hands.
Simone Lewis planted a goal from long range early in the third quarter to even the score at 4-4, only to have Aggie senior Alicia Began rip a 6-on-5 goal on the next possession, giving UC Davis the lead for good. Began assisted on a counterattack goal to Fullerton two minutes later to make it 6-4.
Senior Dakotah Mohr converted yet another power play midway through the fourth to put the Aggies up by an 8-5 margin, their largest lead of the contest. UC Davis successfully employed a clock-management strategy for the final two minutes to protect the victory.
Perhaps fatigued by the battle with Maryland shortly before, the Aggies started slow in the win over FPU. Four different UC Davis players had first-quarter shots bar out, allowing the Sunbirds to briefly take a 3-2 lead with 3:18 to go in the second. But Eggert scored on a 6-on-5 goal and assisted Dunn on a counterattack amidst a 3-0 run, helping her team craft a 5-3 edge at the intermission.
Junior Nicolette Haley netted the second of her three goals from more than eight meters out to bring FPU back to within two. However, the Aggies responded with four unanswered to bump their advantage to 10-4. Goalies Rachel Tatusko and Jillian Wilding each had two saves in the second half to help tame the Sunbird offense.
Eggert and freshman Allyson Hansen each had two goals in the win over Fresno Pacific.
Both Maryland and Fresno Pacific squared off in neutral-water action early Saturday morning. Danielle Robinson scored four goals and Allison Campbell added three to lift the Terps to a dominating 18-3 win. The Sunbirds went scoreless for nearly 24 straight minutes in the contest.
UC Davis heads into final examinations after three straight weekends at home. The Aggies return to action for Sunday's portion of the Tiger Invitational, where they will take on Santa Clara and host Pacific.
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GOALIE SAVES - UM: Taylor Reeves 9 (32:00). UC Davis: Riane Woods 18 (32:00).
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GOALS - FPU: Nicolette Haley 3, Jamie Lugo 1, Malory Rettig 1. UC Davis: Carmen Eggert 2, Allyson Hansen 2, Jessica Dunn 1, Ariel Feeney 1, Kathryn Bailey 1, Katrina Husted 1, Hannah Breen 1, Alex Rawlinson 1, Carey Faber 1, Katie Schlueter 1.