Stockton, Calif. – Kim Kay, Elise Martin, and Brydie Pye all notched hat tricks but the Pacific women's water polo team could not complete its comeback attempt as No. 11 UC Davis defeated the Tigers, 11-9, Sunday, Mar. 25, at the Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex.
It was the second time this season that the Tigers saw three of their players record hat tricks in the same game. It last happened against Fresno Pacific back on Feb. 5.
Sophomore goalkeeper Michele Relton had an outstanding effort in the cage, blocking 12 shots in four quarters of play.
Pacific (9-12) opened the scoring as Pye registered her first goal of the match at the 7:07 mark of the first quarter. UC Davis (12-11) answered one minute later to tie the match before taking a 2-1 lead on a power-play goal with 3:33 left to play in the period.
The Aggies extended their lead to two, 3-1, early in the second quarter before Kay found the back of the cage on Pacific's ensuing possession. The visitors would respond with a 3-0 run that put them up 6-2 with 2:33 left in the frame, but Martin's first goal brought the Tigers back to within three, 6-3, heading into intermission.
UC Davis took its biggest lead of the game at 8-3 after scoring the first two goals of the third quarter. Pacific broke through with back-to-back goals from Pye that cut the Aggies' lead to three, 8-5, with 4:04 remaining in the period. After another UC Davis goal, Kay beat the Aggies' keeper to bring the Tigers back to within three with one quarter remaining.
The visitors put away their 10th goal just 17 seconds into the fourth quarter to take a four-goal lead, but Pacific had one more comeback attempt in it. The Tigers scored consecutive goals, the first from Martin and the second from Kay, as Pacific pulled to within two, 10-8, with 6:07 remaining. UC Davis would hold the Tigers scoreless over the next five minutes, however, notching an insurance goal before Pacific put one away with 36 seconds left, resulting in the final margin.
UC Davis was paced by Jessica Dunn's hat trick. Goalkeeper Riane Woods tallied 11 saves in a complete game effort.
Pacific is back in action next Saturday, Mar. 31, as the Tigers welcome UC Davis back to Kjeldsen Pool for its Big West Conference opener. The opening sprint is set for noon.
No. 11 UC Davis 11, Pacific 9
UC Davis 2 - 4 - 3 - 2 -- 11
Pacific 1 - 2 - 3 - 3 -- 9
UC Davis - Dunn 3, Eggert 2, Mohr 2, Began, Feeney, Fullerton, Queipo-Miller
Pacific - Kay 3, Martin 3, Pye 3
UC Davis - Woods 11
Pacific - Relton 12