No. 16 Aggies Sweep Finals Week Doubleheader

Carmen Eggert shot 6-for-6 with three assists and three steals against Harvard, part of a 15-goal weekend.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
 
Carmen Eggert shot 6-for-6 with three assists and three steals against Harvard, part of a 15-goal weekend.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

March 18, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior attacker Carmen Eggert shot 8-for-8, including a career-high six goals against Harvard, to help 16th-ranked UC Davis win a Monday doubleheader by a combined score of 33-12 in nonconference women's water polo action at Schaal Aquatics Center. The Aggies beat the Crimson by an 18-9 final then turned back Fresno Pacific, 15-3.

UC Davis ends its five-game losing skid, evening its overall record to 12-12.

Eggert scored five of her six goals against Harvard before the halftime break, adding three assists and three steals to her total. She then added another two scores in the first four minutes of play against the Sunbirds before subbing out for the day. Sophomore Keelia Houston also tallied a hat trick in the early win over the Crimson while Jessica Dunn, Danelle Kenny and Hannah Curran each netted two goals. Senior Riane Woods guarded the cage for the Aggies in the first half, tallying seven saves. Sophomore Jillian Wilding then took over net chores in the second half, adding two more blocks.

In the nightcap, Eggert, Dunn, Alex Rawlinson, Courtney Weddle and Paige Oreglia each scored two goals. Freshman Haley Cameron recorded a career-high five saves and added three assists in her first complete game as a UC Davis goalie.

The Aggies won both games on the strength of their counterattack, opening with four straight goals in the win over Harvard before yielding a 6-on-5 goal by Charlotte Hendrix with 3:29 remaining in the first quarter. Eggert, who scored the match's first goal out of two meters, completed a power play than converted a Rawlinson assist to stretch the margin to 6-1 with 1:25 left.

 

 

Crimson junior Shayna Price punched a goal from the 1 spot with 19 ticks remaining in the first period to cut the margin to 6-2, then freshman Yoshi Anderson scored from nearly half-tank two minutes into the second to put Harvard within a three-goal margin. However, UC Davis scored the next six, finishing three counterattacks and a 6-on-5 goal to build a 10-3 halftime lead, then delivering on back-to-back extra-man opportunities in the third to extend its lead to 12-3.

Both Aisha and Shayna Price managed goals early in the fourth to close the gap to 14-7 but Harvard never approached by better than that seven-goal margin the rest of the way. Kenny scored two goals down the stretch to help the Aggies protect the win.

UC Davis' transition offense accounted for almost all of a 6-0 start to the victory over FPU. Eggert finished fast breaks at the 6:05 and 5:07 marks, then Schlueter - whose steal set up Eggert's second goal - scored a goal of her own and assisted Paige Oreglia and another in that stretch. Dunn also netted two goals in the run of six straight.

The Aggies allowed no natural goals for the remainder of the game, with Jennifer Cobb and Dani Mortimer adding to the Sunbird tally on 6-on-5 chances in the second and third periods, respectively. Houston scored on a fast break, Rawlinson drew a five-meter and knocked in the ensuing penalty shot and yet another counter, then Murphy found Kenny inside for a goal to give UC Davis a 9-2 edge at halftime.

Elsie Fullerton converted a two-meter feed from Hailey Wright to start the third quarter, then Weddle and Oreglia scored in transition to make it 12-3 through three quarters. Weddle, Rawlinson and Murphy scored in the fourth to push the score to its final 15-3 state.

In addition to the numerous offensive contributions, Schlueter led the Aggies with six assists for the day while Weddle was Monday's steals leader with six.

In Monday's neutral contest, Aisha Price scored five goals while Hendrix tallied another four as Harvard ran over FPU by a 16-6 score.

UC Davis breaks for final examinations, resuming Big West Conference play with a home weekend with UC Irvine and Long Beach State on March 29 and 30, respectively.

Fresno Pacific (1-16) 1 2 1 2 - 6
Harvard (13-4) 4 4 4 4 - 16

GOALS - FPU: Jennifer Cobb 3, Dani Mortimer 2, Emily Marr 1. Harvard: Aisha Price 5, Charlotte Hendrix 4, Shayna Price 2, Rachel Lobato 2, Yoshi Anderson 1, Kalina Grabb 1, Elise Molnar 1.

GOALIE SAVES - FPU: Kelsie Harvey 10 (32:00). Harvard: Ariel Dukes 6 (32:00).

Harvard (13-5) 2 1 2 4 - 9
#16 UC Davis (11-12) 6 4 4 4 - 18

GOALS - Harvard: Shayna Price 3, Yoshi Anderson 2, Charlotte Hendrix 1, Rachel Lobato 1, Jelena Cyr 1, Aisha Price 1. UC Davis: Carmen Eggert 6, Keelia Houston 3, Jessica Dunn 2, Hannah Curran 2, Danelle Kenny 2, Erin Schlueter 1, Alex Rawlinson 1, Sammi Murphy 1.

GOALIE SAVES - Harvard: Ariel Dukes 8 (32:00). UC Davis: Riane Woods 7 (16:00), Jillian Wilding 2 (16:00).

Fresno Pacific (1-17) 1 1 1 0 - 3
#16 UC Davis (12-12) 6 3 3 3 - 15

GOALS - FPU: Emily Marr 1, Jennifer Cobb 1, Dani Mortimer 1. UC Davis: Carmen Eggert 2, Jessica Dunn 2, Alex Rawlinson 2, Courtney Weddle 2, Paige Oreglia 2, Erin Schlueter 1, Keelia Houston 1, Danelle Kenny 1, Elise Fullerton 1, Sammi Murphy 1.

GOALIE SAVES - FPU: Kelsie Harvey 9 (32:00). UC Davis: Haley Cameron 5 (32:00).