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Pacific WWP: Tigers Open Big West Action With Win, Defeat No. 18 UC Davis 7-5

Apr 3, 2010
After jumping out to an early 5-0 lead in the first Big West contest of the 2010 season, Pacific's women's water polo team won a 7-5 decision against No. 18 UC Davis. With the win the Tigers improved to 18-8 (1-0 Big West) on the season while UC Davis fell to 14-13 (0-1 Big West) on the year.

Junior Catherine Collett (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) opened the first quarter tallying a goal 11 seconds in to the quarter, putting the Tigers up 1-0. Pacific then went up by two when juniorDara Tawarahara (Honolulu, Hawai'i) found the back of the net at the 6:24 mark. JuniorsMandy King (Benicia, Calif.) and Bridget Geck (Huntington Beach, Calif.) helped the Tigers take the 4-0 lead when they scored goals 5:12 and 2:08 points respectively. FreshmanBrooke Millar (Auckland, New Zealand) and the Tiger defense held the Aggies scoreless in the quarter as Millar recorded five saves in the cage for Pacific.

At the start of the second frame freshman Jasmine Myles (Auckland, New Zealand) put the Tigers up 5-0 at the 6:56 mark but Ariel Feeney of UC Davis scored three consecutive goals at the 5:16, 2:57 and 1:14 spots to cut Pacific's lead to two entering the half.

At the start of the third quarter Dana Nelson of UC Davis put the Aggies within one of the Tigers with a goal at the 5:06 mark. With the 6-on-5 man advantage Tawarahara found the far corner of the cage to give Pacific the 6-4 lead with 1:39 remaining on the clock.

In the final frame the Tigers expanded their lead to three at the 5:03 spot when Collette found the back of the net on a deflected shot from Bridget Geck (Huntington Beach, Calif.) which was blocked by Cara Hines of UC Davis. With 2:21 remaining in regulation Jessica Dunn of UC Davis tallied a goal to put the Aggies within two of the Tigers, but Pacific held onto the two point lead for a 7-5 final score.

 

Juniors Catherine Collett (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Dara Tawarahara (Honolulu, Hawaii) notched two goals apiece in the contest for Pacific while freshman Brooke Millar (Auckland, New Zealand) recorded 11 saves in the cage for the Tigers.

"I am very proud of the way the girls came out to play today against a tough Davis team, " said head coach Megan Thomsonon Pacific's first conference game. "It was a great start to the opening of conference in which every game should be a tough battle."

The Tigers continue action at 3 p.m. against Fresno-Pacific at Chris Kjeldsen Pool.

Scoring Summary

 

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
No. 18 UC Davis 0 3 1 1 5
No. 16 Pacific 4 1 1 1 7

 

Goal Scorers
Pacific: Collett 2, Tawarahara 2, Geck, M.King, Myles. UC Davis: Feeney 3, Dunn, Nelsen.

Assists
Pacific: Myles, Geck.

Steals
Pacific: Tawarahara, M.King.

Field Blocks
Pacific: Quertermous 3, Collett, Tawarahara, Myles.

Goalkeeper Saves
Pacific: Millar 11.
UC Davis: Hines 9.