March 25, 2012
STOCKTON, Calif. - Junior attacker Carmen Eggert scored two goals with four assists and four steals, helping 11th-ranked UC Davis hang on to an 11-9 win over Pacific in the final game of the Pacific Invitational women's water polo tournament at Kjeldsen Pool Sunday afternoon. The Aggies put away Santa Clara, 14-5. earlier in the afternoon.
UC Davis has now won seven straight contests, improving to 12-11 for the season.
Junior Jessica Dunn tallied three goals to lead the Aggies offensively in the victory over the Tigers. Senior Dakotah Mohr had two goals and three drawn exclusions while Ariel Feeney matched Eggert's total of four assists.
Feeney, Mohr and senior defender Kaylee Queipo-Miller each scored goals in a 3-0 run that boosted UC Davis to a 6-2 lead with 2:33 left in the second period. Pacific's Elise Martin ended the run with a goal later in the frame, putting the halftime score at 6-3.
Dunn hit a 6-on-5 goal and a natural goal in the third period to lift the Aggies to a 9-6 edge heading into the fourth, but the Tigers staged a late rally in the final period. Eggert won the sprint to wipe out a pending Aggie exclusion to start the fourth, then fired in a goal to extend her team's lead to 10-6. But Martin scored two goals in the fourth to help Pacific fight back to within a two-goal deficit on two separate occasions.
Junior Riane Woods, who had eight saves in the first half, collected two more in the fourth to help UC Davis protect its lead the rest of the way.
Senior Lyndsay Sutterley and freshmen Keelia Houston and Allyson Hansen scored two goals each in the Aggies' 14-5 win over Santa Clara earlier in the afternoon. Houston scored both of her goals amidst a run of seven unanswered, helping her team craft an 8-1 edge with a minute remaining before halftime.
The Broncos' Marina Allen hit a five-meter penalty shot in the final seconds of the second quarter to put the halftime score at 8-2 in UC Davis' favor. Laura Espinosa scored a natural goal on the opening possession after the break and Claire Eadington converted a 6-on-5 chance to bring SCU to within an 8-4 deficit.
However, Aggie head coach Jamey Wright briefly put his starters back in the water to end any further comeback effort. Dunn connected on her five-meter attempt and Eggert netted a power-play goal to ignite a 4-0 UC Davis run. In addition to her one goal, Eggert nabbed four of her team's 14 steals in the victory, giving her eight thefts on the day.
UC Davis only competed in the second day of the Pacific Invitational, having completed final exams on Saturday. The Aggies return to Kjeldsen Pool in less than a week, kicking off Big West Conference play against the Tigers on Saturday.
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GOALS - UC Davis: Keelia Houston 2, Lyndsay Sutterley 2, Allyson Hansen 2, Carey Faber 1, Hannah Curran 1, Elise Fullerton 1, Dakotah Mohr 1, Alicia Began 1, Jessica Dunn 1, Carmen Eggert 1, Katrina Husted 1. SCU: Marina Allen 2, Laura Espinosa 2, Claire Eadington 1.
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GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Riane Woods 10 (32:00). Pacific: Michelle Relton 12 (32:00).