No. 7 Matadors Pull Away To Win Over Aggies

Sophomore Allyson Hansen scored two goals in the 4-2 Aggie start, then two in the third, each time bringing UC Davis to within a single goal.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</I>)
 
Sophomore Allyson Hansen scored two goals in the 4-2 Aggie start, then two in the third, each time bringing UC Davis to within a single goal.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

March 30, 2014

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DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis sophomore Allyson Hansen scored four goals and junior Keelia Houston added another two, but No. 7 Cal State Northridge ultimately overcame an early 4-2 deficit to take a 10-7 win over the Aggies in Big West Conference women's water polo action at Schaal Aquatics Center Sunday.

The 15th-ranked Aggies open league play at 0-2, falling to 11-13 for the season. The Matadors, who had their program record 11-game win streak snapped at Cal on Saturday, improve to 20-6 overall and 1-0 in Big West games.

Junior center Marisa Young matched Hansen's total of four goals for CSUN. Kelcie Ferreira added two 6-on-5 goals, helping the Matadors convert 5-for-8 on their power plays. Junior goalkeeper Kiernan Davis posted seven saves for CSUN, matching her Aggie counterpart Jillian Wilding.

Hansen scored two goals out of two meters, freshman Carla Tocchini added another goal from set and Houston fired in a 6-on-5 goal from the 1 spot during UC Davis' 4-2 start. CSUN cut the margin to one goal when attacker Katie Kammer connected from roughly seven meters out in the final seconds of the first period.

The Matadors took the lead for good in the second quarter. Young scored a rebound and putback on power play less than a minute into the frame to tie the game at 4-4. She struck again from two meters for the go-ahead at the 3:18 mark. Then Ferreira hit a bar-down, 6-on-5 goal with less than two minutes left. CSUN held a 6-4 lead at the break.

The lefty Hansen cut the deficit to a single goal on her 6-on-5 goal from the 5 position two minutes into the second half. Jenny Jamison restored the Matador lead to two with a successful extra-player opportunity with 3:29 left, then Hansen again brought UC Davis to within one when she converted an assist from Tocchini with 1:13 remaining in the third. However, CSUN answered with its own 6-on-5 goal, as Kelcy Barott assisted Young at two meters with 28 ticks on the clock.

The Matadors pulled away in the fourth on goals by Young and Ferreira while defending against three Aggie power-play opportunities.

UC Davis converted three of its eight 6-on-5 chances during the contest.

The Aggies continue Big West action on the road at UC Irvine and Long Beach State on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

#7 Cal State Northridge (20-6, 1-0) 3 3 2 2 - 10
#15 UC Davis (11-13, 0-2) 4 0 2 1 - 7

GOALS - CSUN: Marisa Young 4, Kelcie Ferreira 2, Lindsy Duncan 1, Celena Photopulos 1, Katie Kammer 1, Jenny Jamison 1. UC Davis: Allyson Hansen 4, Keelia Houston 2, Carla Tocchini 1.

GOALIE SAVES - CSUN: Kiernan Davis 7 (32:00). UC Davis: Jillian Wilding 7 (32:00).