April 10, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior Jessi Lafayette scored two 6-on-5 goals in the second half to lift UC Davis to a 6-5 win over 19th-ranked UC San Diego, highlighting the second day of the 25th Davis Shootout women's water polo tournament at Schaal Aquatics Center Sunday. The victory was one of two for the 14th-ranked Aggies, who beat Colorado State by an 11-1 final earlier in the day.
UC Davis improves to 17-15 on the season.
After both teams traded goals in a first half that ended with the Tritons in a 4-3 advantage, Lafayette converted the first man-up goal with 4:50 remaining in the third quarter to tie the game for the fourth time. Then in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, the junior attacker struck again, this time giving the Aggies their first lead since Sarah Rees scored the lone goal of the first period.
Two minutes later, freshman Christi Raycraft sent a two-meter shot past UCSD goalie Kaitlin Foe to extend her team's lead to 6-4. However, Triton driver Tobi Lyman scored just 25 seconds later to cut the Aggie lead back to one. UCSD received one last-ditch attempt to retie the game when UC Davis freshman Jessica Soza was charged with her second major foul at the 0:12 mark, but the Tritons were unable to convert the 6-on-5 opportunity.
Foe finished the game with 13 saves, the highest output by any goalkeeper in the two-day tournament. Courtney Clevenger scored two goals to lead UCSD, while Lafayette and senior Jenny Stephanopoulos each scored two to top the Aggie scoring.
Freshman Casie Mota scored four first-half goals to lead UC Davis in its win over Colorado State earlier in the day. She and Stephanopoulos combined for four of the Aggies' five goals in the first quarter, then the hosts crafted an 11-0 lead by midway through the fourth quarter. Ram freshman Annie Quinn ended the shutout bid by scoring a 6-on-5 goal with 2:16 remaining in the game.
Loyola Marymount was the only team to finish undefeated in the tournament. The No. 6 Lions beat Cal St. Monterey Bay in a 15-1 opener, then blasted Cal St. Bakersfield by a 17-0 decision. Stacia Peterson scored a total of seven of her team's 32 goals for the day, including four in the first quarter against the Otters.
Besides Peterson, Sonoma State's Amanda Haddock was the highest scorer during the second-day action. She had two goals in her team's comeback bid in the 6-5 opening loss to Cal St. San Bernardino, then returned to tally four goals in the Seawolves' 8-5 afternoon win over Colorado State. Freyja Berg of Cal St. San Bernardino also had a four-goal game as she paced the Coyotes to a second-half rally in a 10-8 loss to Santa Clara.
Santa Clara was the third team to finish 2-0 during Sunday's games. Besides its win over CSSB, the Broncos finished the tournament with an 11-1 win over Cal St. Monterey Bay. Danielle Mansfield led seven SCU scorers with a hat trick.
UC Davis returns to action with a road game at Stanford on April 17.