March 29, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Freshman Casie Mota and sophomore Amy Vasko each scored their first career hat tricks to lead UC Davis to a 15-2 win over Cal St. Monterey Bay in the third of three collegiate women's water polo games at Schaal Aquatics Center Tuesday.
The 14th-ranked Aggies, who beat No. 15 Hartwick in a 10-9 battle earlier in the day, improve to 13-11 on the season.
UC Davis scored the first four goals out of the gates while the Otters failed to tally a score until their 10th possession. Chelsea Laning connected on a back-handed shot with 1:03 remaining in the first quarter to break the seal for Monterey Bay. Aggie freshman Jessica Soza scored two goals during her team's five-goal outburst in the opening period.
Mota scored her first goal of the game, converting a pass from freshman Megan Jiminez at 5:03 in the second, then hit the upper-left corner of the Otter cage at 3:24 to push UC Davis ahead to an 8-1 lead. Vasko scored her first goal of the season in the closing seconds of the first half, grabbing a rebound off the cage and sending it to the CSUMB net. The Aggies led 9-1 at the break.
UC Davis extended that margin to 13-1 after three quarters as Vasko, Lowe, Mary Lowe and Lindsey Burcio each scored goals in that seven-minute frame. Katie O'Neill scored her second goal with 2:12 left in the fourth quarter, then Laning scored the Otters only other goal less than 30 seconds later, converting on a 6-on-5 opportunity. Vasko completed her hat trick when she hit a 6-on-5 goal in the final seconds of the game.
Nicole Hall and Jane Crafts split time in the UC Davis cage. Hall posted five saves against one goal during the first half, then Crafts finished the game with four saves and one goal allowed. Mallory Carroll had two saves in the CSUMB net.
This was the second loss of the day for the Otters, who dropped an 18-3 decision to Hartwick in the day's second game.
Tuesday's tripleheader represents the end of a month-long homestand for the Aggies. UC Davis is next in action at Indiana University's Fluid Five tournament from April 2-3, then return home to host the Aggie Shootout on April 9-10.
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