No. 5 University of California-Davis Upends No. 17 Duke University, 13-5, in the Opening Round of the National Collegiate Club Championship
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Goalie Christa Arthur (Sr., Sierra Madre, Calif.) made 11 saves to garner Player of the Game honors as No. 5 University of California-Davis upended No. 17 Duke University by a 13-5 final score in the opening round of the 2012 National Collegiate Club Championship at Florida State University's Morcom Aquatics Center.
The win advances UC-Davis to the tournament quarterfinals and a clash with the University of California-Santa Cruz at 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. It will mark the third meeting between the Sierra Pacific Division runner-up Aggies and Sierra Pacific Division champion Banana Slugs as UC-Davis fell to Santa Cruz 6-5 in the regular season and 11-8 in the division title game.
The game was a story of halves as UC-Davis and Duke stayed close in the first half before the Aggies turned it on in the second half to outscore Duke 8-3 over the final 14 minutes of competition.
Leading 2-1 after the first period, Duke saw a narrow one-goal lead evaporate in short order as Danica Fascella (So., Fountain Valley, Calif.) tied the game with a blast 23 seconds into the second quarter. Kaylin Claypool (Fr., Marin, Calif.), Juliana Bremer (So., Fresno, Calif.) and Rebecca Cullinan (Fr., San Francisco, Calif.) followed with natural strikes at 4:27, 3:17 and 1:02 to put the Aggies ahead 5-2 at intermission.
The margin expanded to 6-2 in the dawning moments of the second half as Megan Reese (Jr., Clovis, Calif.) split the Blue Devils' defense for a tally at 5:54 of the third quarter. Maryann Verghese (Fr., Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) ended the run with a man-up goal for Duke at 4:30 before Arielle Brackett (Fr., Ventura, Calif.) tacked on an even-strength score at 3:20 to move the Blue Devils within 6-4.
However, the goal reinvigorated the Davis' offense as the Aggies reeled off sevein straight scores from Brackett's bomb to the 26 seconds mark of the fourth period to build a 13-4 lead.
Duke's Alison Heaney (Gr., Goshen, N.Y.) closed out the scoring in the game with 20 seconds to go in the game to set the final scoreboard totals of 13-to-5.
For Davis, Liz Mock (Fr., San Diego, Calif.), Sarah Skinker (So., San Diego, Calif.) and Bremer each finished with pairs of markers to lead 10 Aggies who found the back of the cage.
Justine Sinnaeve (Jr., Troy, Mich.) keyed Duke with a pair of goals, while goalie Sarah Pilzer (Gr., Atlanta, Ga.) finished with nine saves in taking the loss.
Duke will next be in action at 8:40 p.m. later this evening versus Cornell University in the first consolation round as the Blue Devils can now finish no higher than ninth in the 16-team championship field.
|No. 5 University of California-Davis
|No. 17 Duke University
Justine Sinnaeve (2); Maryann Verghese; Alison Heaney; Arielle
Sarah Skinker (2); Liz Mock (2); Juliana Bremer (2); Kate DeSantis;
Danica Fascella; Megan Reese; Rebecca Cullinan; Kaylin Claypool;
Tiffany Cheung; Tyler Brown
Saves: Duke - Sarah Pilzer (9) ; UC-Davis - Christa Arthur (11)
Exclusions: Duke - 5 ; UC-Davis - 6
Advantage Opportunities: Duke - 2-for-6 ; UC-Davis - 2-for-5
Sprints: Duke - 1-for-4 (First) ; UC-Davis - 3-for-4 (Second, Third, Fourth)
Officials: Humberto Navarro, Luke Peterson
Duke University's Maryann