Aggies End Two-Week Hiatus With Wins Over Harvard, Cal Baptist

Junior Niki Hall recorded 12 saves in the Aggies' 12-4 win over Cal Baptist Monday.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
 
Junior Niki Hall recorded 12 saves in the Aggies' 12-4 win over Cal Baptist Monday.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

March 29, 2004

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Senior Tiffany Hodgens posted five total goals to lead UC Davis to wins over Harvard and Cal Baptist in collegiate women's water polo action Monday. The Aggies, who had spent a 16-day layoff in part for final examinations, took an 11-4 victory over the Crimson then a 12-4 win over the host Lancers.

UC Davis, ranked 13th in last week's USWP coaches' poll, improves to 18-8 for the season.

Aggie head coach Jamey Wright admitted his team required a game of action before recovering from such a long hiatus from competition. "We were sluggish early. A lot of it was having three of four hard days of practice, coming off a week or so with very little practice," said Wright. "I was worred about that catching up to us. In the Cal Baptist game, we played a solid game all the way through. We had our defense and our counterattack going for us.

"We played as well as we have for two or three weeks. It was a legitmate team effort. Everybody played well and got to contribute."

The threesome of senior Alli Johnstone, junior Brittany Russell and freshman Annie Preble each scored two goals in the morning contest against Harvard. After a relatively close 4-2 first half, the Aggies exploded for four goals in the third quarter then shut out the Crimson in the fourth en route to the win. Meggan Brownrigg recorded four saves in three-plus quarters in net for UC Davis.

In the nightcap, Hodgens put up four goals and sophomore Kristin Pfaff tallied nine steals defensively as the Aggies enjoyed its win over Cal Baptist. Goalie Nicole Hall also provided a lift defensively, compiling 12 saves and four steals. Abrams and redshirt frehsman Katherine O'Rourke each added two goals in the win.

 

 

UC Davis continues its Southern California road trip with a game at UC Irvine Tuesday.

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1

2

3

4

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Tot

Harvard

0

2

2

0

-

4

UC Davis

2

2

4

3

-

11

GOALS - Harvard: not available. UC Davis: Alli Johnstone 2, Brittany Russell 2, Annie Preble 2, Katherine O'Rourke 1, Alia Hansen 1, Kristin Pfaff 1, Tiffany Hodgens 1,Crisara Abrams 1.

GOALIE SAVES - Harvard: not available. UC Davis: Meggan Brownrigg 4 (22:00), Amber Korner 0 (6:00).

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1

2

3

4

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Tot

UC Davis

3

3

4

2

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12

Cal Baptist

1

1

2

0

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4

GOALS - UC Davis: Tiffany Hodgens 4, Crisara Abrams 2, Katherine O'Rourke 2, Alli Johnstone 1, Alia Hansen 1, Brittany Russell 1, Michaela Brady 1. CBU: not available.

GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Nicole Hall 12. CBU: not available.