Aggies Fall To Gauchos In Big West Opener

Allyson Hansen (above) and Paige Oreglia (cover) each scored two goals in Saturday's Big West opener with UC Santa Barbara.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
 
Allyson Hansen (above) and Paige Oreglia (cover) each scored two goals in Saturday's Big West opener with UC Santa Barbara.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

March 29, 2014

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DAVIS, Calif. - Junior Paige Oreglia and sophomore Allyson Hansen each scored two goals, but ultimately No. 15 UC Davis shot just 4-for-29 in a 7-4 loss to No. 16 UC Santa Barbara in Big West Conference women's water polo action at a rainy Schaal Aquatics Center Saturday afternoon.

The Aggies slip to 11-12 overall and open conference play at 0-1. The Gauchos improve to 10-11 for the year, 1-0 in Big West games.

Hansen and Oreglia each scored a 6-on-5 goal and a natural goal to account for all of UC Davis' scoring. Sophomore Jessie Porter led UCSB with two goals but the top performer was Gaucho goalkeeper Mackenzie Brokaw, who posted 14 saves -- including one against a five-meter penalty shot in the third.

The two teams combined for eight exclusions in the first half, with UCSB scoring on 2 of 5 opportunities to forge a 2-0 lead. UC Davis got on the board with 2:34 left in the opener when Hansen drew a kickout then converted an assist from Ariel Arcidacono for the power-play goal from the 4 spot.

The Aggies equalized to start the second thanks in part to a Carla Tocchini-drawn exclusion at the first-quarter buzzer. Katrina Husted won the second-quarter sprint to maintain the 6-on-5 advantage, UC Davis called timeout to set up a play, then Oreglia finished the opportunity 15 seconds later to even the tally at 2-2.

However, UCSB responded with two quick goals to craft a 4-2 lead: Porter hit a 6-on-5 shot from up top with 6:46 to go and Brokaw's long outlet pass to Carly Christian led to a counterattack goal a half-minute later. Oreglia scored on a bar-down bomb at the 5:34 mark in the second to close the gap to 4-3 but that proved to be the narrowest margin the Aggies could manage for the remainder of the game. Porter netted her second goal from more than eight meters out in the final minute of the second half to give UCSB a 5-3 lead at the break.

UC Davis shot just 1-for-15 in the second half as the Gauchos pulled away to the victory. Hansen had a chance to trim the gap with 1:42 left in the third when she drew a five-meter foul, but Brokaw stopped the subsequent penalty shot. A Brenna Thomas skip shot on the next trip down made it 6-3 in UCSB's favor heading into the fourth.

Hansen had the Aggies' lone goal in the final period, beating two Gaucho defenders at two meters in the process. Brokaw made four saves down the stretch, including two against UC Davis power-play opportunities.

The Aggies conclude their lone Big West Conference home weekend against No. 7 Cal State Northridge on Sunday. Game time is noon at Schaal Aquatics Center.

#16 UC Santa Barbara (10-11, 1-0) 2 3 1 1 - 7
#15 UC Davis (11-12, 0-1) 1 2 0 1 - 4

GOALS - UCSB: Jessie Porter 2, Samantha Murphy 1, Bryn Hudson 1, Carly Christian 1, Brenna Thomas 1, Lauren Martin 1. UC Davis: Paige Oreglia 2, Allyson Hansen 2.

GOALIE SAVES - UCSB: Mackenzie Brokaw 14 (32:00). UC Davis: Jillian Wilding 4 (30:09), Erin Schlueter 0 (1:51).