April 29, 2006
LA JOLLA, Calif. -
Mary Lowe led No. 2 seed UC Davis with two goals as they defeated No. 3 seed Santa Clara 6-3 in Saturday's Western Water Polo Association conference championships' semifinal game. The Aggies, who held the Broncos scoreless for the entire first half, will face No. 1 seed Loyola Marymount in the tournament's championship game on Sunday at 3 p.m. The winner of the game will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championships being held at UC Davis' Schaal Aquatic Center on May 12-14.
WIth the win, UC Davis' season record is lifted to 19-11 and WWPA record now stands at 12-3.
The first quarter began with three consecutive Santa Clara ejections and during the third six-on-five situation, Casie Mota posted the first Aggie goal of the game with one minute and 52 seconds on the clock. With only one second remaining in the quarter, Mary Lowe scored the second goal for UC Davis to bring the score to 2-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Jessica Soza scored early in the second quarter and it proved to be the lone point of the quarter, giving the Aggies a 3-0 lead heading into the second half of the match-up.
More than halfway into the third quarter, Lowe scored her second goal of the game. Just over a minute later, the Broncos were finally able to break through UC Davis' defense as Claire Linney put Santa Clara on the board. Cassie Schaefer answered back with a goal of her own during the following possession to bring the score to 5-1.
WIth only 47 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Christie MIller scored one for the Broncos to bring Santa Clara within three-points.
Scoring subsided for much of the fourth quarter until Nicole Fisher
scored the sixth Aggie goal with 27 seconds left in the game. Santa Clara's Lindsey Bacolini added a final Bronco goal with only four seconds to play, UC Davis came away with the 6-3 victory.
This is the second consecutive year that UC Davis will face Loyola Marymount in the conference championship game, Loyola Marymount took an 8-4 win in 2005.
UC Davis 6, Santa Clara 3
1 2 3 4 Final
UC Davis 2 1 2 1 6
Santa Clara 0 0 2 1 3
UC Davis Goals: Mary Lowe 2, Cassie Schaefer 1, Jessica Soza 1, Nicole Fisher 1, Casie Mota 1.
Santa Clara Goals: Claire LInney 1, Christie MIller 1, Lindsey Bacolini 1.