March 5, 2013
Friday, Mar. 8 - at Cal State Northridge, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 9 - at UC Santa Barbara, Noon
Saturday, Mar. 2 - CONCORDIA (W, 14-9)
Saturday, Mar. 2 - SANTA CLARA (W, 8-4)
Saturday, Mar. 2 - COLORADO STATE (W, 13-6)
TO RECAP: No. 14 UC Davis (10-7) won all three of its Aggie Shootout games, dispatching Concordia, Santa Clara and Colorado State by a combined 35-19 margin... Senior Carmen Eggert was arguably the Aggies' top all-around performer, shooting 9-for-17 (including 5-for-9 on power plays) with seven steals, eight drawn exclusions and six field blocks... Oddly, she enjoyed perhaps her best game against the Broncos without scoring a goal: Eggert posted two assists, drew five kickouts and blocked four shots.... Senior Jessica Dunn totaled 15 points on eight goals and seven assists... With 30 assists for the year, she has entered the school's season top 10 list with at least 14 games remaining... Dunn is on pace to crush Sofia Patronas' 2009 record of 42... Goalkeeper Riane Woods proved that she has overcome her previous injury (which hampered her at the UCI Invite the week before), collecting 14 saves against just four goals vs. SCU... Woods played 72 of the 96 total minutes in the tournament.
CAREER WATCH: After the Aggie Shootout, Dunn moved past Christi Raycraft for No. 2 on the all-time UC Davis career goals list... Dunn enters this weekend with 180, five ahead of Raycraft... Meanwhile, Eggert lifted her career goals total to 145, moving her ahead of Kim Parker (141 in 1998-2001)... She needs another 10 to pass Katherine O'Rourke (154 from 2004-07) for third in Aggie history... Furthermore, Woods' 22 saves over the weekend brought her career total to 421, ahead of No. 3 Amber Korner (410 from 2004-07) and behind No. 2 Molly Morris (431 from 1997-99)...
UP NEXT: After 17 "preseason" games, UC Davis enters the Big West Conference portion of the schedule, with the next three and seven of the next 11 contests will count toward the league standings and thus the championship seeding... The Big West slate begins with road games at Cal State Northridge on Friday and UC Santa Barbara on Saturday... Please note that Friday's game is now scheduled for 3 p.m. due to a conflict with the officials... It previous appeared as a noon start, as is usually standard for conference women's water polo.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (12-5) picked up wins of 16-4 and 11-7 against Occidental and Chapman, respectively, at Saturday's CLU Invitational... Including closer wins over CSU Bakersfield and then No. 17 UC San Diego the weekend before, the Matadors have won four straight... Junior attacker Lindsy Nelson leads CSUN with 34 goals... Last year's Big West Freshman of the Year Marisa Young scored five goals in the win against Chapman... She has 26 goals for the year.
UC SANTA BARBARA (11-7) last played at the UCI Invitational, where the Gauchos fell 13-7 in the consolation half of the tournament... Freshman Samantha Murphy - not to mistaken with UC Davis freshman Sammi Murphy - leads UCSB with 36 goals... Senior goalkeeper Ruth Milne has won some form of All-Big West honors in each of her three previous seasons... She entered the season with school records for career (992) and season (405) saves but has split time with freshman Mackenzie Brokaw this season.
HEAD COACH JAMEY WRIGHT:
On the start of Big West play: "We're not where we need to be but I do feel better and we're getting closer. The things we know we need to work on have improved. People know their roles and what they need to accomplish as a group in our 6-on-5s, so I feel good about that. I feel better about our counterattack. We're getting spread out and finding the open person then filling in spots based on what the defense does. We still have some things to work on with our front-court defense when we're behind. We did a great job of fronting this weekend but it's when we play behind that we need to work on."
"I feel better about our five-man and our centers are playing well. One thing we're doing much better is pulling a defense out and getting the ball in at the appropriate time. So there's a lot of things offensively where we're in a good place. But once they break our press, we need to get a better job transitioning into our defense. I look back at the UCI tournament, where I think we played 14 good quarters out of 16. So we have to play eight good quarters against teams that I think we can beat but are also teams that can beat us."