Playing its final home game of the season, the UC Davis field hockey team posted its first NorPac Conference win in program history.
The Aggies defeated Pacific, 2-1, when Nadia Namdari scored an overtime goal at Aggie Stadium. The game was also UCDÕs ÒPlay 4 the CureÓ game to raise awareness for breast cancer research.
The Tigers (2-11, 0-3) got off to a quick start in the first half, controlling most of the possession in the first five minutes. From there, the Aggies (5-7, 1-4) dominated the action, outshooting Pacific 15-3 in the opening frame.
The UCD attack turned into a goal midway through the half, when Cloey LemMon scored for the fourth time this season in the 25th minute. LemMon showed some impressive ball control, moving from left to right, before firing the ball into the bottom right corner of the cage.
But despite a 7-0 advantage in shots on goal, the Aggies came up empty the rest of the half and took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Pacific managed to find the scoreboard in the second half, using a Kelly Perkins goal to even the score at 1-1 in the 54th minute.
UCD continued to control the majority of the possession in the second half, outshooting the Tigers 11-3. But despite all the opportunities, the Aggies could not score and the game went into overtime.
UCD wasted little time in the extra period, however, as Namdari took a pass from Lydia Brambila and sent in the game-winner in the 73rd minute.
ÒAll I was thinking was please go in and please donÕt mess up,Ó said Namdari. ÒNow that weÕre coming off two wins in a row, thereÕs some momentum carrying us into our next games.Ó
For the game, the Aggies outshot the Tigers, 28-6. Lauren Sawvelle picked up the win for UCD with a complete game in goal.
Senior Kayla Varney tallied match highs of 19 kills and 23 digs in her return to the front lines as an outside hitter, helping the Aggies come back from a 2-0 deficit en route to a five-set win over UC Santa Barbara in a Big West match at the Pavilion on Saturday night.
UCD (13-7, 5-3) lost the first two sets, 30-28 and 25-21, before claiming the final three frames by 25-21, 25-15 and 15-8 scores.
Saturday’s win marks the fifth time the Aggies have taken a match to five sets, of which they have won three. Furthermore, this is the first time in 2010 that UCD has recovered from a 2-0 deficit to claim a match victory.
Aiding VarneyÕs contributions was junior middle blocker Betsy Sedlak, who tallied 19 kills, a .400 hitting average and seven of her teamÕs 11 blocks.
Another junior middle, Katie Denny, added 11 kills with four blocks; while sophomore outside
hitter Allison Whitson recorded 18 kills with nine digs and five stuffs.
Defensively, five Aggies had double-figured digs totals for the match. Besides VarneyÕs 23, setter Jenny Woolway had 16, opposite Melanie Adams had 14, libero/defensive specialists Kaitlyn Plum and Caroline Mercado turned in respective totals of 14 and 10.
On Friday, Denny, Whitson and freshman Morgan Borch each registered 12 kills but the Aggies
fell at home to Cal Poly, 24-27, 25-15, 25-23 and 25-18.
In the first set, Cal PolyÕs Molly Pon Ñ a former Davis High star Ñ had a pair of kills to tie the score at 20-20 before UCD pulled away for its only victory of the match.
UCD menÕs water polo
The Aggies won the more important of their two home games this weekend, downing Western Water Polo Association foe UC San Diego on Friday, before falling to Pepperdine in overtime on Saturday, 7-5.
The WavesÕ Danny White tied the game with just a second remaining in regulation and then added the go-ahead goal with 27 seconds left in the first overtime period in PepperdineÕs nonconference victory at Schaal Aquatics Center.
Cory Lyle scored on a pair of five-meter penalty shots in the second quarter but No. 11 UCD still fell to 12-6 on the season.
Aaron Salit gave the Aggies a 5-4 lead with 2:23 left in the fourth quarter, but UCD couldnÕt hold off the Waves down the stretch. Pepperdine drew an exclusion with nine seconds to go and White followed with his goal to the right side of the cage with just one tick remaining.
White added his second goal with 27 seconds left in the first of two extra periods, and Stephen Loomis added another with just 10 seconds to go. The teams played scoreless over the
second extra period.
Ryan Hagens and Walter Eggert also had goals for UCD in the loss, while goalie Kevin Peat had 12 saves.
On Friday, senior Carlos Martinez scored two 6-on-5 goals and contributed heavily on two key fourth-quarter defensive stops, helping UCD complete a 6-5 victory over No. 9 UC San Diego in a WWPA match at Schaal.
It was the AggiesÕ second win over the Tritons this season.
Lyle and Matt Richardson, Eggert and sophomore Hank Dickey, a DHS grad, also scored goals for UCD, and Peat tallied six saves.
The Aggies drew first blood when Peat connected with Lyle on a long pass to complete a counterattack just three minutes into the contest. Later, Dickey scored his fourth goal of the year to give UCD a 4-3 halftime edge.
Both teams traded two goals in the third period to set the scoreboard at 6-5 through 24 minutes of play, and that is how it ended.
UCD cross country
Jonathan Peterson was the menÕs individual champion with a time of 23:45.1 in the 8K race as the Aggie men finished third overall on Saturday at the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara.
Caitlin Fitzgerald was the top finisher for the UCD women, placing 14th overall with a time of 17:26.7 in the 5K race. Her top-15 placing helped lead the Aggie A squad to a fifth-place team finish. The UCD B team finished 17th.
Behind PetersonÕs first-place finish, Jonathan Sees took 10th for the Aggies with a time of 24:16.8 and Calvin Thigpen was 17th, clocking in at 24:28.8. Peterson, Sees and Thigpen were the only runners from a Big West program to finish in the top-20.
Freshman Grayson Hough, a DHS grad, finished 42nd overall with a time of 24:51.7, while Fed Martinez was just behind him in 43rd with a time of 24:55.0. Axel Stanovsky and Kevin Griffith rounded out the UCD menÕs competitors with Stanovsky placing 52nd (25:03.8) and Griffith taking 60th at 25:07.6.
For the Aggie womenÕs A team, Sarah Tusting finished 31st in 17:48.8, Krista Drechsler was 37th at 17:50.9, Abbey Gallaher finished 46th in 18:01.3 and freshman Alycia Cridebring was 54th at 18:07.5. Kristina Taylor and Samantha Kearney were 76th and 91st, respectively.
Anna Smidebush led the B squad with a time of 18:21.3, placing her 64th overall. Courtney Crosta was 73rd for UCD, while Hilary Teaford, a former Blue Devil, placed 89th.
UCD womenÕs soccer
The Aggies got their first Big West Conference victory on Friday when they downed UC Santa Barbara, 2-1, at Meredith Field.
Bridget Berman and Ashley Edwards both delivered on first half goals within three minutes of each other to lift UCD (6-7-1, 1-3).
The Aggies were able to capitalize on their opportunities early in the first half, scoring twice on just three shots on goal. The Gauchos (6-7-2, 1-3) had four shots in the opening minutes, three of which were on goal.
But it was UCD striking first when Lisa Kemp set up Berman for a header in the 13th minute. It was BermanÕs second goal of the season.
Just minutes later, the Aggies took advantage of a Gauchos miscue as Edwards capitalized on a bad clear and scored an unassisted goal at the 15:37 mark.
The UCD defense then closed out the first half in strong fashion, allowing just three shots in the
remainder of the period and taking the 2-0 lead into intermission.
UCSB was the aggressor in the second half, outshooting the Aggies 11-2 in the period and scoring in the 69th minute. But Erin OrtegaÕs goal was all the Gauchos would manage and UCD held on for the victory.