April 9, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore Katherine O'Rourke scored two six-on-five goals in a 7-4 win over Cal St. San Bernardino, then added a third in a 6-3 loss to Loyola Marymount, highlighting UC Davis action in the first day of the 25th-annual Davis Shootout women's water polo tournament Saturday.
The Aggies, ranked 14th among this week's collegiate top 20, even their record to 15-15 on the season.
Saturday's seventh game between UC Davis and LMU featured the two highest-ranked programs in the nine-team field. The Lions, No. 6 in the national poll, opened with a 4-0 lead over their hosts. Rosanna Tomiuk scored both of her goals in a three-goal second period before O'Rourke broke UC Davis' scoring drought in the final minutes before the break. LMU's Sarah Hamilton fouled Aggie junior Jessi Lafayette on a counterattack just after the two-minute mark, then O'Rourke converted on the 6-on-5 opportunity.
Hamilton scored in the opening minutes of the second half to extend the Lion lead to 5-1, then LMU held the Aggies scoreless for almost the entirety of the third quarter. Freshman Christi Raycraft scored UC Davis' second goal with 33 seconds remaining in that frame, but Dora Szabolcsi answered with her own goal just 25 seconds to push the margin back to five.
LMU was one of two teams to go undefeated in Saturday's action. The Lions beat Santa Clara in the day's third game, helped by a hat trick by freshman hole setter Christine Robinson. LMU goalkeeper Rachel Riddell led all goalies in the tournament, posting seven saves against the Broncos then adding 12 in the win over UC Davis.
UC San Diego also went 2-0, pulling away from Sonoma State in a 12-2 win, then escaping with a 7-6 victory over Santa Clara. Tobi Lyman scored four goals in the win over the Seawolves, then matched that total in the nightcap with the Broncos. Her 6-on-5 goal with 3:16 remaining broke a 6-6 tie to beat SCU.
Colorado State and Cal St. San Bernardino enjoyed what was arguably the most dramatic contest of the nine-game slate. The Rams came back from a 4-2 deficit to take a 5-4 lead on a Marisa Fernandez rebound and putback with 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter. However, Coyote freshman Brandi Bray scored on the opposite end 16 seconds after, re-tying the game at 5-5.
With just seven ticks remaining before the contest would head into possible overtime, CSU drew a four-meter violation from CSSB junior Freyja Berg, who had led her team with three first-half goals. Fernandez was summoned to take the penalty shot, which she converted for the game-winner.
Other top individual performances included Emma Keogh and Beverly Weber, who each scored four goals to lead Cal St. Bakersfield to a 10-4 win over Cal St. Monterey Bay; and Amanda Haddock, who equaled that feat in Sonoma State's 10-7 against the Roadrunners.
The Davis Shootout concludes on Sunday. UC Davis will face Colorado State in the 9 a.m. contest, then longtime conference rival UC San Diego at 2 p.m.