UC Davis Hosts Defending National Champs

Freshman Hailey Wright scored her first collegiate goal at Stanford last weekend. She is now the fifth member of her family to score a goal for UC Davis water polo, along with her brother Michael, uncle Doug, mother Nancy and father Jamey.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 5, 2013

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Saturday, Feb. 9 - STANFORD, Noon

Friday, Feb. 1 - INDIANA (L, 8-9)
Saturday, Feb. 2 - vs. San Jose State (L, 6-7)
Saturday, Feb. 2 - vs. Olympic Club (Exhibition) (L, 6-8)
Sunday, Feb. 3 - at Stanford (L, 2-11)
Sunday, Feb. 3 - vs. Hawai'i (L, 8-14)

TO RECAP: The 12th-ranked Aggies (1-4) lost a tough 9-8 battle to Indiana in their home opener, then went 0-4 at the even tougher field at the Stanford Invitational... Note: the 8-6 loss to the O-Club, which featured numerous top Cardinal alumnae, does not count toward the season record or stats... Senior Jessica Dunn led UC Davis with seven goals and five assists for the weekend... In doing so, she become the school's all-time leader in career assists (101) while moving into third in career goals (155)... Senior Carmen Eggert added six goals and three assists, shooting 4-for-9 on power plays... She also tallied four steals and a team-leading 11 drawn kickouts... The Dunn-Eggert tandem accounted for 53 of the team's 95 shots for the weekend... The third-highest offensive output came from center Hannah Curran, who shot 3-for-7 in the four games (she also scored two unofficially against the O-Club).

Senior goalkeeper Riane Woods was a bright spot for the Aggies defensively, especially in Friday's battle with Indiana... She kept UC Davis in the game with 16 saves and a steal, including a stop against a Hoosier five-meter shot... Woods followed with 14 saves against seven goals the following morning against No. 8 San Jose State... She now has 392 career saves, needing 19 to pass Amber Korner (2004-07) for the No. 3 spot in school history.

UP NEXT: UC Davis faces Stanford (8-0) for the second time in as many weekends, reminiscent of the 2012 season, when the Aggies and Cardinal squared off in back-to-back games on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4... The top-ranked tourney hosts battled back from a 3-1 first-quarter deficit to take an 8-5 win over No. 3 UCLA, earning the Stanford Invitational title for a fourth straight season... Freshman Anna Yelizarova earned Kap7 MPSF Newcomer of the Week honors thanks to her 10-goal weekend... She scored five against SJSU then another three in the first-place game with the Burins... Yelizarova, who leads the Cardinal with 22 goals for the year, netted two against the Aggies on Sunday morning... Stanford has won the last two NCAA championships... Three current team members - Melissa Seidemann, Annika Dries and Maggie Steffens - took last season off to help the U.S. win the gold medal at the London Olympics... Steffens later earned FINA Player of the Year... Seidemann is the younger sister of Aggie alumna Lauren Seidemann (2007-11).

"The term I used this weekend was `managing your front-court possessions wisely.' If you stay balanced and stay spaced well, and exercise good patience on offense, it's so much easier to play front-court defense. If you cover in transition and get the matchups you want, you're where you want to be when you get down to the defensive end. We didn't do it well often enough. We did it well at times, but not consistently. We need to be more judicious rather than playing helter-skelter, run-and-gun. If that's your whole style, maybe it works. But we're not there. We have to be very organized with the way we possess the ball. We didn't do that often enough and it really bit us against Indiana. We played a much more disciplined game against San Jose State on Saturday morning than we did against Indiana on Friday afternoon, which was good to see."

"Against Stanford, we did a pretty good job at being disciplined in the first and fourth quarters. The number of pure 6-v-6 goals the Stanford scored was minimal. We limited them to one goal in the first and fourth quarters. We controlled the ball and made them play, made them score 6-v-6. Now, they were missing some people like [Annika] Dries, but Melissa Seidemann is a great player. We have to defend well [this weekend], and it all starts with controlling the ball and taking away their counter."