Junior center Aaron Salit scored three first-half goals to help 11th-ranked UC Davis rally to a 7-7 halftime score, before No. 3 California pulled away for a 13-8 win on Saturday at the Aggie Shootout menÕs water polo tournament at Schaal Aquatics Center.
In their morning matchup, junior goalie Kevin Peat helped lead the Aggies to a 5-4 comeback win against 15th-ranked conference rival Santa Clara.
UCD (10-4) is now a perfect 9-0 against members of the Western Water Polo Association.
Aggie senior attacker Cory Lyle added two goals in the nightcap battle with the Golden Bears. Hicks also netted a goal against Cal, joining Salit and Lyle among the Aggies to tally a score in each game.
In the morning victory, UCD waited almost 15 full minutes before breaking the seal on the
Santa Clara cage. Trailing 3-0 with 1:15 remaining in the first half, senior Matt Richardson sent a long pass to Hicks, who promptly sent a shot into the upper right corner of the net for the AggiesÕ first goal. Less than 30 seconds later, the tandem struck again as a Carlos Martinez steal at two meters set the stage for a Richardson-to-Hicks hookup with 0:41 on the clock, cutting the Bronco lead to one.
Salit tied the game at 3-3 early in the third period, corralling a bar-out shot and putting the ball back through the frame. Then Ryan Hagens delivered a go-ahead goal on an outside shot with 4:47 remaining in the third.
SCU equalized on its final possession of the third quarter, but UCD put in the only tally of the fourth period when Hicks set up Lyle for an Òalley-oopÓ style goal with five minutes left in the game.
In the nightcap, Cal stormed to a 4-0 lead after just three minutes of play, but Richardson converted an extra-man chance at 3:53 then assisted Salit in the waning seconds of the period, halving the Golden BearsÕ lead.
In the second quarter, Salit cut the Cal lead to a single goal, taking an
assist from Martinez at two meters and later, the Aggies tied the score with three straight goals. Hicks delivered on a 6-on-5 chance at the 2:15 mark, then drew a five-meter foul with 1:30 to go. Lyle converted the penalty shot and scored again with 22 seconds left in the half, to make it 7-7.
However, the 13-time national champions regrouped in the second half, outscoring UCD 6-1.
UCD field hockey
Rachelle Comeau scored two goals for California, including a golden goal in the 74th minute to give the Golden Bears a 4-3 overtime win over the Aggies on Saturday at Aggie Stadium.
UCDÕs home opener was an eventful one, with five combined goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation and overtime.
The Golden Bears (5-4, 4-0 NorPac) were able to find the back of the cage early on, scoring a goal in the fourth minute of play for an early 1-0 advantage. But once the Aggies (3-4, 0-3) got settled, they were able to bounce back in the 25th minute of play, when Cloey LemMon answered of a rebound.
The score stayed tied through halftime, with UCD holding a 7-6 shot advantage in the first 35
minutes of play.
In the second half, both teams struggled to find scoring opportunities until the Aggies broke the seal in the 60th minute, when Nadia Namdari converted on a nice cross from Emily Mecke and put the Aggies on top 2-1.
California didnÕt long to respond however, as Comeau was able to weave in between two defenders and score an unassisted goal at 62:14.
The UCD attack continued, with Marissa Hughes scoring a close-range goal after LemMonÕs cross in the 66th minute, but the Golden Bears earned a penalty corner in the final minute of regulation. Claire Dougherty managed to score the equalizer with just 32 seconds on the clock, sending the contest into overtime.
California wasted little time in the extra period, ending the game after just 4:41 ticked off the clock when Comeau scored on a breakaway.
Lauren Sawvelle tallied two saves while playing the complete game in goal for the Aggies.
UCD cross country
Krista Drechsler led all Aggie runners with a sixth-place finish, while Jonathan Peterson finished 14th overall and the UCD menÕs and womenÕs teams each placed seventh at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday.
Drechsler recorded a time of 20:49 to lead the Aggies in the womenÕs 6K race. Caitlin Fitzgerald finished with a time of 22:09 to place 48th, while Sarah Tusting was 51st with a time of 22:11. Freshman Alycia Cridebring came in 56th with a time of 22:23.
Abbey Gallaher, Kristina Taylor and Samantha Kearney rounded out the scorers for the UCD women.
For the men, Peterson recorded a time of 24:00 in the 8K race. Jonathan Sees was 32nd with a time of 24:31, while Calvin ThigpenÕs time of 24:34 earned him a 36th-place finish. Matt Sartori finished 74th with a time of 25:12 and Fed Martinez was 106th with a time of 25:38. Freshmen Kevin Griffith and DHS graduate Grayson Hough were the final Aggie scorers with Griffith placing 126th (25:55) and Hough placing 143rd (26:10).
UCD womenÕs volleyball
Sophomore outside Allison Whitson slugged 16 kills and a .333 hitting average, while senior libero Kayla Varney matched her career high of 27 digs, helping the Aggies to a, 25-20, 25-19, 19-25, 25-22 win over UC Riverside in a Big West match at the Student Rec Center on Friday.
Whitson was one of two UCD players with double-figure offense as redshirt freshman Devon Damelio responded to her first collegiate start with 12 kills on a team-high 39 attempts. Junior middle blocker Betsy Sedlak provided nine kills and nine blocks for the Aggies (10-4, 2-0), while freshman setter Jenny Woolway posted two aces, 13 digs and three blocks to go with the 45 assists she tallied from running the offense.
UCD womenÕs soccer
The Aggies earned their first home win on Friday thanks to Samantha Faber converting on a penalty kick in the first half, as they defeated San Francisco 1-0 at Aggie Soccer Field.
The physical play started from the first minute of the game, as both teams fought for possession and limited scoring opportunities. USF held a slight 6-5 advantage is shots during the first 20 minutes of play, but couldnÕt take advantage of their two shots on goal.
UCD (4-3-1) caught a break in the 38th minute of play, taking advantage of a USF miscue to earn a penalty kick. FaberÕs shot was placed nicely in the top right corner, to put the Aggies on top 1-0.
The Dons had four corner kicks in the first half, but the UCD defense held tight for the rest of the game.
Kathleen Brandl played the first half in goal and earned the win for the Aggies, while Maria Magana took over for the entire second half.
UCD menÕs soccer
Jarad vanSchaik took a pass in front of the goal from Ryan Luke and put it in the right side of the net for the winning score as No. 24 Portland edged the Aggies, 2-1, at the Husky Fever Classic at the University of Washington on Friday.
Alex Aguiar scored late in the first half for UCD (2-5), after the Pilots, (3-1-2) took an early lead on a goal from Steven Evans.
After falling behind early against nationally ranked Portland, the Aggies battled back for the equalizer in the 42nd minute, when Aguiar scored for the first time this season. He converted on the left side off an assist from Kevin Schulte.
That would be the only scoring for the rest of regulation as the teams battled through a scoreless second half.
The teams were knotted 1-1 at the end of regulation but Portland scored quickly in the extra period when Luke found vanSchaik just 96 seconds in.