The UC Davis men’s soccer team saw its postseason run come to an end on Friday as host and top seed UC Irvine took a 2-0 decision in the Big West Conference semifinals.
Anteater Enrique Cardenas, the league’s Midfielder of the Year, netted the eventual game-winner 12 minutes in and Christopher Santana added a late insurance strike to finish the Aggies’ season at 9-9-3 overall and 4-4-2 in Big West play.
After Cardenas had UC Irvine up 1-0, the UCD defense clamped down, allowing just three shots after the break.
The Aggies, however, were held to just five shots in the entire match. Still, senior Alex Aguiar took the first two shots of the game, missing on the first before forcing goalkeeper Michael Breslin to make his only save of the match just three minutes in.
Ryan Gross, a Davis High graduate, had UCD’s best chance of the second half, off a cross into the box, but his shot sailed high and hard over the upper left corner after a scramble in the box.
UCD cross country
Senior Alycia Cridebring finished 19th overall to pace the Aggie women, while sophomore Brandon Pugh was 34th to lead a pair UCD men in the top 50 of the men’s 10K at Friday’s NCAA Division I West Regionals.
Competing at the Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento, the Aggie women finished seventh overall — first among Big West squads — behind winner Arizona, while the UCD men were 13th. Stanford won the men’s race.
Cridebring crossed the line in a season-best 6K time of 20:08, a trend for the Aggies, who each set season bests. Senior Sarah Sumpter (30th in 20:21), junior Katie Fry (41st in 20:35), sophomore Christine Hoffmann (57th in 20:49) and freshman Hannah Kirkegaard (74th in 21:01) completed the UCD scoring, while junior Raquel Lambdin (103rd) and senior Shannon Harcus (108th) also ran well.
Pugh finished his race in 30:37, just ahead of Davis High graduate Trevor Halsted (46th in 30:46) in the Aggie lineup. Nick Ratto (82nd in 31:38), Will Melton (87th in 31:40) and Amar Dholakia (119th 32:14) also scored points for the Aggies, with another former Blue Devil, Grayson Hough, taking 122nd (32:30).
Junior middle blocker Victoria Lee had nine kills and a .333 average while libero Megan Lancaster posted a match-high 15 digs but the Aggies fell to Cal Poly in three sets, 30-28, 25-19, 25-20, in a Big West match Saturday at The Pavilion.
Lee committed just two hitting errors in 21 swings for her team-leading average, while senior Devon Damelio matched that output of nine kills for UCD (14-13, 6-8). Freshman Allie Wegener added a pair of aces and eight digs for the Aggies, sophomore Holland Seymour stepped in for 3-for-3 hitting plus a solo block on a joust and senior setter Jenny Woolway picked up 11 digs to go with her 32 assists.
Lagattuta signs with Stanford
A .567 batting average goes a long way in turning college softball recruiters’ heads. A 4.65 grade-point average gets the attention of schools like Princeton, Dartmouth and Harvard.
But if you’re a student-athlete like Davis High’s Kaitlyn Lagattuta — a solid citizen who has both of the above numbers — heading to your mother’s alma mater Stanford was an easy decision.
Earlier this week, the accomplished Blue Devil infielder signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Cardinal.
The daughter of Kristin and Frank Lagattuta, Kaitlyn has been a standout player at every level of softball — beginning when she was 10 and led her team to the western national tournament in New Mexico.
As a member of the Davis Lady Demons and California Grapettes, Lagattuta’s teams have won the National Junior Olympic Classic and finished fourth in the Premier Nationals.
Lagattuta’s pitching effort two prep seasons ago marked the first time in more than 20 years that DHS has beaten Elk Grove.
“Kaitlyn is truly an uncommon individual, whose maturity is well beyond her years,” Devil assistant softball coach David Ruben told The Enterprise. “While Kaitlyn’s academic and athletic prowess are well-documented … it is her strength of character and incredible focus that (stands out).
“A coach on the field, her suggestions served to unify the program and demonstrate the highest representation of sportsmanship and positive team dynamics.”
Oberlin freshman Ariana Enzerink, a 2013 DHS graduate and former standout for the Blue Devil field hockey team, recently was named an All-North Coast Athletic Conference second-teamer, as well as the league’s Newcomer of the Year.
The midfielder scored six goals and passed out three assists for a total of 15 points in 19 Yeomen games this season.
DHS boys lacrosse
Registration for the Davis High boys lacrosse program is underway and there will be a parents/athletes meeting on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at North Davis Elementary School, 555 E 14th St.
The program is open to boys in ninth through 12th grades.
For registration information, visit www.davislax.org/registration and choose category DHS.
The Davis High boys and girls basketball programs will host a day of alumni games on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the DHS gym.
Older former Blue Devil boys players will face off with the DHS junior varsity team at noon, followed by a 1:30 p.m. matchup between Lady Blue Devil alumni and the Davis varsity girls.
The day will conclude with recent graduates playing against the current Devil varsity boys squad at 3 p.m.
Get Fit Davis is presenting the Turkey Tri, a triathlon event with five different distances for athletes of all ages, on Sunday, Nov. 17, beginning at 8 a.m.
Triathlons for youngsters age 5-8, 9-12 and 13-17 each have their own distances that get progressively longer, and an 18-and-over division features an 800-yard swim, a 9.6-mile bike ride and a 3.2-mile run.
For more information or to register, visit www.getfitdavis.com.