Early Cardinal Run Deflates Aggies In 12-5 Loss

April 17, 2005

STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore Katie Hansen scored four goals and teammate Christina Hewko added three to help Stanford ride a 6-0 halftime lead to a 12-5 victory over UC Davis in a non-conference women's water polo game at the Avery Aquatics Center Sunday.

The 14th-ranked Aggies drop to 17-16 for the year. The No. 3 Cardinal improve to 16-5 overall.

Freshman Christi Raycraft and senior Jenny Stephanopoulos each scored two goals to supply the majority of the UC Davis offensive output.

Hansen and Nancy El-Sakkary each had two 6-on-5 goals in a 4-0 first quarter, then Hansen and Hewko each scored in the second period to push Stanford ahead to 6-0 at the break. Hansen completed her hat trick in the opening seconds of the third quarter to extend that advantage to seven goals.

Sophomore center Katherine O'Rourke broke the Aggie scoring drought midway through the third frame, but senior Hannah Luber hit a backhanded shot just 26 seconds later to put Stanford up by seven again. Stephanopoulos and Hewko traded goals for the remainder of the period as the Cardinal led 9-2 entering the fourth quarter.

After Scotti Shafer opened the final quarter with a counterattack goal, Raycraft scored back-to-back goals to whittle the lead down to 10-4. Stephanopoulos hit her second goal just after the two-minute mark to cut the deficit to five, but UC Davis approached no closer. Hansen hit her fourth goal and Alison Gregorka connected on an outside hot to seal the game in the final minutes.

Lina Moore posted six saves in the Aggie cage. Counterpart Meredith McColl stopped eight shots for Stanford.

UC Davis concludes its regular season with a game at Pacific on April 22 before returning home to host the Western Water Polo Association Championships from April 29-May 1.



UC Davis 0 0 2 3 - 5
Stanford 4 2 3 3 - 12

GOALS - UC Davis: Jenny Stephanopoulos 2, Christi Raycraft 2, Katherine O'Rourke 1. Stanford: Katie Hansen 4, Christina Hewko 3, Scotti Shafer 2, Nancy El-Sakkary 1, Allison Gregorka 1, Hannah Luber 1.

GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Lina Moore 6. Stanford: Meredith McColl 8.