Aggies' Comeback Bid Falls Short Against Wahine

Kathryn Bailey's three goals in the third quarter kept UC Davis in the game during Friday's Big West battle with No. 8 Hawai'i.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
 
Kathryn Bailey's three goals in the third quarter kept UC Davis in the game during Friday's Big West battle with No. 8 Hawai'i.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

April 5, 2013

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DAVIS, Calif. - Senior attackers Kathryn Bailey, Jessica Dunn and Carmen Eggert each scored hat tricks to help No. 8 UC Davis battle from a seven-goal deficit to a two-goal margin late in the fourth, but No. 8 Hawai'i avoided the upset in a 14-12 decision over its host in Big West Conference women's water polo action at Schaal Aquatics Center Friday evening.

The Aggies slip to 12-15 overall and remain winless in league play at 0-6. The Wahine improve to 14-9 for the year, 4-1 in Big West matches.

Bailey scored all three of her goals in the third quarter while Dunn and Eggert each put away two of their three goals in UC Davis' fourth-quarter comeback. The Aggies trailed by as much as 12-5 halfway through the third quarter. Erin Schlueter, Paige Oreglia and Hannah Curran each scored once for UC Davis, while sophomore Jillian Wilding provided four saves in her second-half relief of starter Riane Woods.

For UH, senior center Amarens Genee tallied five goals while freshman Paula Chillida added four.

The Wahine shot 5-for-7 in its first-quarter jump in the game. Senior Monika Eggens opened with a counterattack finish out of two meters just 41 seconds in before UC Davis took over the lead with goals by Schlueter and Dunn. However, Dunn's 6-on-5 conversion began an eight-minute scoreless stretch into the second during which UH scored six unanswered. Genee hit two goals out of two meters in that run while Zoe Respondek scored on a counterattack to make it 5-2 with 20 seconds left in the first, then assisted Danielle Lewis to start the second.

Aggie sophomore Keelia Houston found Oreglia for a goal from the weakside at the 4:13 mark to end her team's scoring drought, but Chillida fired in a pair of goals to provide the Wahine with a 9-4 halftime lead. A veteran of Spain's national team, Chillida launched a shot from deep at the four spot that barred-in for her team's eighth goal, then finished a five-meter penalty with 2:06 left for the ninth.

During the third quarter, Bailey accounted for the entirety of UC Davis' scoring output. She converted an assist from Houston at two meters with 6:46 to go, hit a 6-on-5 goal at the two-minute park, then scored on a rare 6-on-4 with 1:01 remaining after Eggert drew a kickout along the perimeter.

The Aggies outscored the Wahine by a 5-2 margin in the fourth. Dunn scored back-to-back from the three spot to cut the Hawai'i lead to 12-9 with 5:41 remaining. After Chillida made it 13-9 on a short lob, Eggert posted a pair of key steals to help UC Davis trim the deficit to two. Her first pick resulted in a long counterattack in which she assisted Curran near the left post of the cage, then her second steal ended up as a coast-to-coast goal. The Aggies trailed just 13-11 with less than four minutes remaining.

Genee answered by scoring yet again out of set, expanding the margin to three just 20 seconds later. The Aggies brought the tally to 14-12 when Curran drew an exclusion down low and Eggert planted the 6-on-5 goal with 3:02. UC Davis had a chance to halve the lead on a power play with two minutes remaining but Hawai'i stacked the goal with three defenders. Dunn's shot from five meters out glanced off a UH field player and restored the Wahine possession. Hawai'i successfully managed the clock for the final 90 seconds to protect its win.

Houston finished the game with five assists while Schlueter added four assists and four drawn kickouts. Ultimately, UC Davis only converted three 6-on-5 opportunities despite having 10 such chances to the Wahine's three.

UC Davis returns to action for a road game at Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday, April 12.

#8 Hawai'i (14-9, 4-1) 5 4 3 2 - 14
#18 UC Davis (12-15, 0-6) 2 2 3 5 - 12

GOALS - UH: Amarens Genee 5, Paula Chillida 4, Monika Eggens 2, Danielle Lewis 2, Zoe Respondek 1. UC Davis: Kathryn Bailey 3, Jessica Dunn 3, Carmen Eggert 3, Erin Schlueter 1, Paige Oreglia 1, Hannah Curran 1.

GOALIE SAVES - UH: Amy Carlson 6 (32:00). UC Davis: Riane Woods 2 (16:00), Jillian Wilding 4 (16:00).