April 27, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - Seniors Carmen Eggert and Jessica Dunn each recorded hat tricks for UC Davis but the Aggies could not protect a three-goal lead in the third quarter, surrendering a 5-1 run down the stretch in a 10-9 loss to UC Santa Barbara in the consolation semifinals of the Big West Conference women's water polo tournament at Anteater Aquatics Complex Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies, ranked 18th nationally and seeded seventh in the bracket, falls to 14-17 overall. The 16th-ranked and sixth-seeded Gauchos improve to 20-14 for the year.
Besides the six goals from the two senior All-Americans, UC Davis also got one goal each from Keelia Houston, Elsie Fullerton and Kathryn Bailey. Senior goalkeeper Riane Woods tallied six saves in front of the cage.
Freshman Samantha Murphy led UCSB with four goals while Shelby Haroldson hit two, both in her team's fourth-quarter comeback. Ruth Milne recorded 13 saves, five in the fourth quarter and three in the final minutes against several Aggie attempts to equalize.
UCSB was the first to the board when Murphy hit a five-meter penalty shot just a minute into the game. However, UC Davis took the lead later in the opening frame when Erin Schlueter assisted Houston on a goal at the one spot with 3:58 to go and Eggert fired in a spectacular backhanded skip shot with 21 ticks remaining.
The Aggies padded their lead to 3-1 early in the second when senior Alex Rawlinson assisted Fullerton for a goal out of two meters. The Gauchos responded with two scores in less than a minute: Clay Olofsson-Loo connected on an outside shot at 6:56 and Murphy scored on a skip shot to complete a 6-on-5 chance with 6:22 remaining. Freshman Bryn Hudson made it three straight with her counterattack goal with 4:21, giving UCSB its first lead since Murphy's penalty shot in the first.
UC Davis answered back with its own 3-0 run to complete the half. Eggert drew a five-meter foul and Dunn hit the penalty shot with 4:01 left, Houston assisted on an alley-oop to Eggert at set with 3:29 remaining, then Dunn converted a 6-on-5 chance with a bomb from the three spot with less than two minutes to go. The Aggies led 6-4 at halftime, then extended the margin to three early in the third when Eggert's rebound and putback finished another power play.
Murphy completed her hat trick midway through the third on another 6-on-5 goal but Bailey restored UC Davis' lead to three on the next possession when she fired a shot over Milne's right shoulder.
However, the Gauchos scored five of the last six goals to erase that 8-5 Aggie lead. Martin and Olofsson-Loo each scored from two meters down the stretch of the third, then Murphy equalized with her only natural goal on the first possession of the fourth. Haroldson sent a shot from deep in the two position to make it 9-8, UCSB's first lead since midway in the second quarter. The Aggies tied the contest for a fourth time when Eggert stole the ball on the Gauchos' weakside then sent a long outlet pass to Dunn, who finished the counterattack at the 4:11 mark.
With three minutes left, Haroldson then scored the game-winner from the same spot as her previous goal in the period. The Aggies had chances to tie down the stretch, but Milne posted big saves against Hannah Curran, Bailey and Paige Oreglia to protect the Gaucho victory.
UC Davis will move the seventh-place game of the tournament, facing Pacific at 11 a.m.
|#18 UC Davis (14-17)||2||4||2||1||-||9|
|#16 UC Santa Barbara (20-14)||1||3||3||3||-||10|
GOALS - UC Davis: Carmen Eggert 3, Jessica Dunn 3, Keelia Houston 1, Elsie Fullerton 1, Kathryn Bailey 1. UCSB: Samantha Murphy 4, Shelby Haroldson 2, Clay Olofsson-Loo 2, Bryn Hudson 1, Lauren Martin 1.
GOALIE SAVES- UC Davis: Riane Woods 6 (32:00). UCSB: Ruth Milne 13 (32:00).
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