Sept. 9, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
No. 2 Cal hosted its first home game of the 2007 season and defeated the visiting Aggies, 17-3, at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal's defense controlled the game, shutting out the Aggies for the majority of the game and only allowing three goals. The Bears are now on a six-game winning streak, sitting at 6-0, while Davis drops to 3-2 overall.
"Three goals, that's a really good defensive effort, that's what we're really focusing on is our defense and our counterattack and I thought that worked really well today," Cal head coach Kirk Everist said. "The guys played defensive from beginning to end and that was the difference in the game."
The Aggies won the sprint to open the first quarter, but Cal got on the board first with a goal with a skip shot from junior attacker Frank Reynolds. A minute later, sophomore center Thomas Pearson stole the ball from the Aggie offense, and senior attacker Zac Monsees scored on the fast break. Senior attacker Michael Sharf drew a UCD ejection and scored with an assist from Reynolds to bring the score to 3-0.
The Aggies failed to capitalize on a five-meter penalty shot with five minutes remaining in the first period. Shortly thereafter, the Bears had a five-meter penalty shot of their own, earned by Pearson. Sharf scored on the penalty with a skip shot. The last goal of the first period came with 1:43 remaining when freshman utility Brian Dudley shoved the ball past UCD goalie Mike McGee despite being guarded by two Aggies.
In the first minute of play in the second stanza, McGee stopped a shot from Sharf, but Reynolds recovered the ball and scored his second goal of the game. The Aggies finally got on the board with 3:40 left before the half with a powerful lob shot from junior utility Adam Bennett from beyond 10 meters. Cal scored the final goals of the first half, first from a shot from senior utility Jeff Tyrrell that went around McGee and then from senior Vladislav Andreyev, giving the Bear a 8-1 halftime lead.
Senior attacker Zac Monsees won Cal's first sprint of the game to open the third period and less than 30 seconds later, Sharf scored on a fast break. Tyrrell tacked on another goal at the 5:48 mark, bringing Cal's lead to nine, 10-1. Davis junior two-meter man Danny Driscoll scored UCD's second goal of the game with 4:53 remaining in the third period. The Bears earned their second five-meter penalty shot of the game and Monsees scored on the opportunity. Senior Adam Haley put one in the corner of the goal to give Cal a 10-goal lead, 12-2. Andreyev went cross cage from beyond 10 meters to put the Bears up 13-2 at the end of the third quarter.
Sharf went one-on-one with McGee and scored to open the final quarter. Tyrrell found the back of the net again for Cal with six minutes remaining in the game. Freshman center Zachary White scored his first goal at Spieker with an assist from Reynolds at the 5:20 mark. Senior attacker Mike Hayes got on the board to increase Cal's lead to 17-3. Solid defense kept either team scoring for the next four minutes until there was just 35 remaining in regulation. The Aggies capitalized on an illegal entry by Cal to recover the ball and senior two-meter Jesse Tweed scored off an assist from senior utility Matt MacLauchlan.
The Aggies will play UC Santa Barbara at home while the Bears have the week off before next weekend's competitive NorCal Tournament at the Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Score by period
UC Davis 0-1-1-1-3
Cal goals: Michael Sharf 4, Jeff Tyrrell 3, Vladislav Andreyev 2, Zac Monsees 2, Frank Reynolds 2, Brian Dudley 1, Adam Haley 1, Mike Hayes 1, Zachary White 1
UC Davis goals: Adam Bennett 1, Danny Driscoll 1 Jesse Tweed 1
Assists: Warden 4, Sharf 3, Haley 2, Monsees 2, Reynolds 2, Andreyev 1, Dudley 1, Pearson 1, Sample 1
Steals: Calder 5, Warden 3, Andreyev 2, Cruickshank 1, Haye 1, Orloff 1, Pearson 1, Reynolds 1, Tyrrell 1, White 1
Ejections earned: Calder 2, Sharf 2, Andreyev 1, Dudley 1, Hayes 1, Pearson 1, Reynolds 1, Sample 1, Tyrrell 1, Waltdhaler 1, Warden 1
Field blocks: Calder 1, Cruikshank 1
Saves: Sheredy (3 quarters) 6, McIntosh (1 quarter) 3
Penalty saves: Sheredy 1