May 4, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Juniors Jessica Dunn and Carmen Eggert captured first-team honors in leading a contingent of six UC Davis players on the All-Big West Conference squads for women's water polo. Seniors Ariel Feeney and Dakotah Mohr each claimed second-team distinction while senior Alicia Began and junior Riane Woods garnered honorable mention.
Dunn and Eggert are the first to make the Big West's top squad since Lindsay Kiyama won such honors back in 2009. This is the third all-conference nod for Dunn, who made the second team in 2011 and won honorable mention in 2010. Mohr also lands her third honor, having won second-team status in both 2009 and 2011.
Dunn, a utility from Los Alamitos, lead UC Davis in goals (53), total points (78) and shots (128), while contributing 25 assists and 26 steals. Paired with the 51 goals she netted last year, she is the first Aggie to post back-to-back 50-goal seasons since Tiffany Hodgens hit 81 and 112 during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Dunn enjoyed some of her best games against San Jose State, amassing 11 goals in the four matchups including a hat trick in the Aggies' 10-9 upset on April 21.
Eggert, an attacker from San Rafael, led UC Davis with 43 steals and finished among team leaders with 43 goals and 26 assists. However, she enjoyed her best performances in the five Big West Conference games, helping the Aggies claim the No. 2 seed in the championship tournament. Eggert scored 11 goals with eight assists, nine steals, 11 drawn exclusions and four field blocks - all team bests in conference play. She won Big West Conference Player of the Week honors on both March 7 and April 18.
Both Dunn and Eggert also tied a school record for scoring goals in 20 consecutive games. Dunn's streak began midway in her sophomore season and included the first five contests of 2012. Eggert scored at least one goal in every game from the February 5 matchup against Michigan to the home win over SJSU.
Mohr, a team co-captain, a local Davis native and the last member of the Aggies' fourth-place team at the 2008 nationals, continued to add to her school-record total for drawn exclusions. With a team-high 45 this year, she finishes her career with 299 total, having broken Christi Raycraft's mark in 2011. Mohr scored 19 goals and 13 assists, hitting the game-winning shots against Pacific and San Jose State down the final stretch of the year. She also tallied 27 steals and a team-leading 11 blocked shots.
Feeney, also a graduate of Davis High, led UC Davis with 34 assists (fourth in school history) while chipping in 30 goals, 24 steals and eight blocked shots. She was the Aggies' leading scorer in the Big West-opening win at Pacific, scoring a hat trick in the 8-7 thriller on March 31. Feeney also had six two-goal performances, including those against UC Santa Barbara, San Jose State and UC Santa Barbara again down the season's final stretch.
Began, a center and team co-captain from Camarillo, continued from her breakthrough junior season by scoring 28 goals with 27 assists and nine field blocks. As she had in 2011, Began enjoyed a strong April, scoring two goals in four straight games heading into the conference tournament. Most dramatically, she hit the game-winner with nine seconds remaining in the April 14 win over UC Santa Barbara.
Woods, a goalkeeper from Carlsbad, posted 157 saves against 151 goals for .510 average in her second season as the starter. She started 22 games (splitting time with senior Rachel Tatusko), recording 10 or more saves on six occasions. Woods enjoyed her finest hour in the Aggies' March 21 upset of then-No. 10 Maryland, tallying a career-high 18 saves in an 8-6 victory. She captured Big West Player of the Week honors for that contest.
UC Irvine head coach Dan Klatt captured Coach of the Year honors for the fourth straight season while his leading scorer Jessy Cardey won Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Cal State Northridge's Marisa Young snared Freshman of the Year distinction.
UC Davis went 18-13 overall with a 4-1 Big West record. The Aggies won 13 of 14 during a stretch in March and early April, finished second at the conference championship they hosted, and climbed into the national top 10 on two different occasions.