Sophomore utility Chris Richardson scored three goals and goalkeeper Philip Bates tallied 11 saves but No. 16 UC Davis could not offset Bret Bonanni’s game-high six goals in an 18-7 loss to No. 3 Stanford in men’s water polo action at Schaal Aquatics Center on Saturday. Bonanni is the reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week.
Richardson scored two natural goals in the first period then hit one of three 6-on-5 conversions by UCD (12-16) in the third quarter. Sophomore Trevor Allen, a Davis High graduate, completed power plays in the second and third.
Seniors Anders MacCarthy and Matt Vowell also tallied goals for the Aggies, while the freshman Bates continued to impress at goalkeeper. Six of his 11 total stops helped hold Stanford (13-4) to just two goals in the second quarter.
Saturday’s game served as the home finale for seven UCD seniors: Vowell, Colin Hicks, MacCarthy, center Jared Clapham, utility Kevin Meisel, lefty attacker Russell Hampton and center Hank Dickey, a former Blue Devil.
The Aggies finish their regular season with a road game at Santa Clara on Nov. 11, then compete at the Western Water Polo Association tournament the following weekend.
Matt Wiesenfarth gave the Aggies an early lead with a goal in just the eighth minute of play, then put away the game-winner in the 46th minute to lead UCD to a 2-1 victory over Sacramento State and the Big West Conference North Division title on Saturday at Aggie Soccer Field.
In front of a season-high crowd of 1,349 fans, the Aggies claimed three points to clinch the North championship with 21 points.
UCD will host the No. 2 seed from the South in Big West Conference Tournament semifinal game on Wednesday at a time that is yet to be determined.
At the 8:06 mark, Wiesenfarth put away his first goal of the season with a header into the top right corner. Alex Aguiar chipped a pass over the Sac State defense that found Wiesenfarth, whose header fell just over the outstretched fingers of Hornet goalkeeper Bryan Oliver.
The Hornets responded just 36 seconds before the halftime buzzer, as Max Alvarez intercepted a pass from Adam Rodriguez in the center of the field and sprinted past the Aggie defense toward the goal. His shot from the near side got past UCD goalie Omar Zeenni and rolled into the bottom right corner of the goal.
But it was Wiesenfarth who delivered again just over a minute after the start of the second half. Alex Henry slotted a pass across the goal from the left side and Wiesenfarth, unable to make a turn in the box, back-heeled it behind him and into the lower right corner of the goal.
From there the Aggie defense and Zeenni stepped up to shut down the Hornets.
“I just think it was a good battle between two good teams,” said UCD head coach Dwayne Shaffer. “Sacramento State is a very good team and (Saturday) was our day. I thought we were prepared and played well and did everything we needed to do to score the goals to win the game.
“I’m extremely excited for the team. We’re champions of the North and I think it is well-deserved. We’re looking forward to competing in the Big West Tournament and hosting a game on Wednesday and I hope all the Aggie supporters come on out.”
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Five different players scored — four of them in the first half when the Aggies built a big lead — to help UCD finish the 2012 season in strong fashion, beating Pacific 5-2 in a consolation game at the NorPac Tournament at Longwood University.
The Aggies went 8-12 overall and 2-2 in NorPac play as they completed their fourth season since restarting the varsity program. On Friday, UCD seniors Emily Mecke and Maggie Barry scored in the first half, along with teammates Cloey LemMon and Jamie Garcia. Another senior, Nadia Namdari, added the final goal in the second.
“It felt great to be able to go out on a positive note and see the team and the seniors have a successful and fun game,” said Aggie coach Vianney Campos. “Their hard work for the last four years is invaluable and I will truly miss them.
“Thanks to the foundation they have set, this program is headed in a great direction. I am so proud of this year’s team and we are ready to start the training for next year’s season.”
In addition, UCD goalies Conley Craven — a senior —and Danielle Herrington helped keep the Tigers in check by combining for five saves.
Namdari took assists from seniors Kelly Dudek and Amanda Marinac on a direct corner in the 62nd minute.
Davis High grad Melinda Zavala finished fourth overall in the women’s 6K, while Eric Neill was the Aggies’ top finisher in the men’s 8K as the UCD men’s and women’s teams hosted the Doc Adams Open at the Putah Creek Reserve Course.
All seven Aggie women were in the top 20 on their home course, finishing second overall, just four points behind Sacramento State.
Zavala’s time of 21:48 was a personal best by 33 seconds, and she was followed by teammates Anna Welsh (eighth in 22:06), Julia Yang (10th, 22:15), Venus Shabgahi (11th, 22:17) and Hilary Teaford (13th, 22:26), another former Blue Devil. Erika Barr was 16th overall and Katie Ott took 17th for UCD.
On the men’s side, Neill’s 8K time of 25:40 was nearly a minute faster than his previous time as he took in 22nd overall to lead the Aggies to a sixth-place finish.
Neill was followed by Nick Ratto (27th), Patrick Fitzgerald (30th), Miguel Aceves (32nd), Trevor Ehlenbach (41st) and Joseph Rivera (44th) to round out the Aggie scoring,
Outside hitter Allison Whitson played well for the Aggies in a pair of weekend home matches, as UCD won its third consecutive contest on Friday before seeing the streak snapped Saturday night at The Pavilion.
On Saturday, Whitson pounded out 19 kills and had a .356 average but the Aggies (13-13, 7-6 Big West Conference) were unable to overcome Long Beach State’s diverse offense, falling 25-20, 28-26, 21-25 and 25-15.
Whitson committed just three errors in 45 total attempts while providing 13 digs on floor defense, while junior Devon Damelio added 13 kills with an ace.
Those two were both strong on Friday when UCD swept UC Irvine, 26-24, 25-20, 27-25.
Whitson and Damelio each tallied double-doubles, with junior setter Jenny Woolway posting 37 assists and 12 digs. Sophomore Valerie Brain chipped in 11 kills on 33 swings and Victoria Lee hit 7-1-13 for a .462 average.
The Aggies won six individual events plus a relay to claim wins over host Loyola Marymount and visiting San Diego in a double dual meet at Burns Aquatics Center on Saturday morning. UCD, which captured a 151-111 victory over the Lions while picking up a decisive 167-95 win over the Toreros, improved to 3-2 overall as it split a dual on Friday.
On Saturday, the quartet of Hilary Hunt, Morgan Lee, Megan Leung and Haley Porter opened the day with a win in the 200-yard medley relay (1:46.58), freshman Marissa Brown made her 200 freestyle debut with a first-place 1:53.32 and Hunt scored the victory in the 100 backstroke in 58.38.
Porter, who also finished fourth in the 50 free, spoiled LMU’s Camille Hopp’s attempt to capture a third event win in the 100 free. Porter went 52.40 to grab the win.
The Aggies’ fourth event win went to junior Liliana Alvarez, who swam a 2:20.12 in the 200 breaststroke, while UCD junior Samantha Shellem (5:04.05) and Brown (5:05.58) took the top two spots in the 500 free.
Katie Edwards added a meet win in the 200 individual medley, hitting 2.08.31 to edge teammate and runner-up Sabrina Cochrane (2:09.47).
On Friday, Alvarez won both breast events, while Shellem captured the 500 free to highlight the Aggies’ first dual win of the year at Spieker Aquatics Center. UCD defeated visiting Washington State, 139-119, but lost to host UCLA, 136-119.
The Aggies return home to host Nevada in a dual meet on Nov. 16.