Despite two more goals from Davis High sophomore Cameron Wright — his seventh and eighth of the tourney in just six games — the U.S. Men’s Cadet National Water Polo Team fell to Croatia in Saturday’s fifth-place contest of the Darko Cucic Memorial Tournament.
After going 3-3 at the international event, contested in Belgrade, Serbia, the American finished in sixth place. Montenegro won the tournament, edging Serbia, 10-9, in a championship-game shootout.
In Team USA’s final game, Croatia built an 8-4 halftime lead before the American defense clamped down in the second half, holding their opponent scoreless for 14 minutes. However, after cutting the advantage to 8-6, the U.S. could get no closer.
Wright scored two goals in the Americans’ tournament-opening win over Hungary, then was on fire Friday, scoring four times as Team USA split its two contests.
“It’s good to play against players who are better than you because it elevates your game, and you play to that level,” Wright told The Enterprise in June. “So playing against the teams like Serbia and Croatia, they’re going to be really good, and I’m going to play to that level and hopefully that will prepare me for high school season.”
The 2013 All-Sac-Joaquin Section selection now heads home to join a Blue Devil squad looking to defend its SJS championship this fall.
UCD men’s tennis
Alec Adamson, who will be a sophomore for the Aggies this fall, capped off a tremendous offseason with a strong performance at the recent USTA National Collegiate Summer Championships. Adamson defeated Matt McCoy of host Indiana, 6-1, 6-4, to claim the consolation singles title on Aug. 12 in Bloomington.
Following a first-round bye, Adamson fell to Michigan State’s Michael Dube, 6-4, 6-3, before making his run through the consolation bracket. Three of his four victories came in straight sets, beginning with a 6-0, 7-5, win over Tennessee State’s Joseph Daniels.
Adamson then rolled with a 6-4, 6-1, win over Wofford College’s Parks Thompson and rebounded from a first-set loss against high schooler Johnny Goodwin in the semifinals to capture victory in a tiebreaker, 6-7, 6-3, 1-0.
In doubles play, Adamson teamed with Michigan’s Alex Knight, but fell in the second round.
Elsewhere, incoming freshman Everett Maltby — who won the doubles title and reached the singles final at an ITA Summer Circuit stop earlier this summer in Davis — lost his first-round match at the UTSA Boys 18s National Tennis Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
UCD women’s water polo
Eight Aggie players, plus the team as a whole, captured All-Academic honors in a Friday announcement by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. The UCD individual winners included DHS graduates Elsie Fullerton and Hailey Wright, along with teammates Hannah Curran, Allyson Hansen, Hannah Harvey, Bryn Lutz, Erin Schlueter and Jillian Wilding.
With a 3.07, the Aggies finished as one of 30 teams with combined grade-point averages of 3.00 or better.
To be eligible for ACWPC All-Academic recognition, a student-athlete must have competed in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher. The honor roll features three categories: Outstanding (3.71-4.0), Superior (3.41-3.70) and Excellent (3.20-3.40).
This is the fourth straight award for Curran, a civil engineering major from Martinez who has the highest GPA among the UCD honorees. She appeared in the Outstanding category, while Fullerton and Schlueter — both third-time recipients — each earned Superior standing.
Wilding, a second-year All-Academic honoree, made the Excellent rolls.
Hansen (Superior), Harvey, Lutz and Wright — all in the Excellent category — each pick up their first such awards.
UCD field hockey
Aggie fans are invited to join head coach Tiffany Huisman, campus dignitaries, UCD staff and current and former Aggie field hockey standouts to dedicate the program’s new facility on Saturday.
Interested parties can reserve a spot for this weekend’s ribbon-cutting ceremony by contacting Alli Kopas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kopas will accept RSVPs through the end of the business day on Wednesday.
“This is an exciting step forward for the women’s field hockey program and one the university community will be very proud of,” said UCD Athletic Director Terry Tumey. “This has been a dream for the program for several years and we’re thrilled to see it start to come to fruition.”
Saturday’s ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the new facility, located on the corner of La Rue and Dairy roads next to the Tercero residential facilities.
A game between UCD field hockey alums and current players will take place following the dedication.
There is no charge to attend the ribbon-cutting event and game at the new facility.
The $3.2 million facility — built thanks to the collaborative efforts of donors, parents, the athletic department and the campus — broke ground in late May and is ready for the Aggies’ Aug. 31 season opener against Fairfield.
Festivities will continue on the Moss Patio at the Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center from 5 to 7 p.m. later that day. Admission to Saturday evening’s event is $20 per person ($15 for alumnae) and includes a taco bar and beverages.
Space on the Moss Patio is limited, so supporters of Aggie field hockey are encouraged to contact Kopas as quickly as possible to purchase tickets.