DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Allyson Hansen earned a spot on the All-Big West Conference first team for women’s water polo to lead a slate of four UC Davis players on the year-end awards as announced by the conference office Wednesday afternoon. Junior Bryn Lutz made the second team while juniors Hannah Harvey and Carla Tocchini each garnered honorable mention.This is the third straight All-Big West nod for Hansen, who earned honorable mention as a sophomore and second-team distinction as a junior. Lutz claimed honorable mention in last year’s rolls, while Harvey and Tocchini picked up their first season honors from the conference.
A lefty center from Concord, California, Hansen led the Aggies in goals (54), total points (69), 6-on-5 goals (18) and drawn exclusions (65), while adding 15 assists, 19 steals and eight field blocks. The Big West Conference Player of the Week on February 10, Hansen totaled seven hat tricks during the year, including a career-high six against San Jose State. She finishes her career with 155 goals and 237 drawn exclusions, ranking fifth and second among UC Davis career leaders in those respective categories. Hansen’s three goals at the Big West Conference tournament also moved her one ahead of Cal Aggie Athletic Hall of Famer Katherine O’Rourke for the school record for centers.
Lutz, a redshirt junior utility from Carlsbad, finished third on the team with 41 goals and tied for second (with Harvey) with 60 total points. She also had 17 power-play goals, 23 steals and a team-best 19 field blocks. Lutz performed three hat tricks for the year, including a five-goal performance against Pacific at San Jose State’s LouStrong Memorial tourney, toward her total of 11 multi-goal games in 2016. However, her most memorable game of 2016 was her buzzer-beating lob to lift the Aggies to a 10-9 upset of Arizona State at the Triton Invitational. A fourth-year student in animal science, Lutz has opted not to return for her final playing season. She concludes her Aggie career with 79 goals and 52 assists, mostly in her two All-Big West seasons.
Like Hansen, Harvey’s combination of size (5-foot-11) and speed made her one of the finest counterattackers in the Big West. The Clovis, California native scored 39 goals with 21 assists for 60 total points, and led the Aggies with 36 steals. Harvey also added 26 drawn exclusions (including three five-meter fouls) with 10 field blocks, while her swimming abilities resulted in 75 of 96 sprints won. She also won back-to-back Big West Conference Player of the Week nods: the first for her hat trick in the March 5 upset of California, and the second for her game-winning heroics in a March 11 victory over Hartwick – the 400th varsity win for both the UC Davis program and head coach Jamey Wright.
Tocchini, a center from Daly City, finished second on the Aggies with 43 goals and tied Lutz for the team lead in field blocks with 19. She also had 13 assists en route to 56 total points, 19 steals and 32 drawn exclusions. Tocchini posted six hat tricks in 2016, including a season-best five goals in the Stanford Invitational win over Pacific, and ended the year with an active streak of 12 straight games with a goal. One of those three-goal performances came in a 12-6 victory against UC Irvine at the Triton Invite, the Aggies’ largest margin of victory in their series history with the Anteaters.
UC Davis went 17-13 for the year, climbing as high as a program-best No. 5 in the national poll for two different stints.
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