UC Davis athletics from 9/24-9/29
Men’s cross country
Stanford Invitational (fifth place finish)
The men’s cross country team placed fifth in the Stanford Invitational, with two top-30 finishes by seniors Cody Nguyen (24:23.5) and Amar Dholakia (24:31.1) at 23rd and 29th, respectively. This was UC Davis’ best showing since the 2009 team that ended the invitational in third place.
They will race at the Hornet Jamboree in Sacramento on Oct. 3.
Women’s cross country
Stanford Invitational (third place finish)
The Aggies ran a tight race at the Stanford Invitational as senior Erika Barr bested her teammates with a time of (21:22.6) to finish 20th, followed less than 35 seconds later by three Aggies to come in at 47th, 48th and 49th. The close grouping of their times lead to a third-place finish for the cross country team as they head to the Sacramento State-hosted Hornet Jamboree on Oct. 3.
UC Davis at North Dakota (L, 31-24)
In their first conference event of the season, the UC Davis football team came up maddeningly short after losing to North Dakota by seven points. Turnovers early-on in the game gave their opponents a lead that was maintained throughout the remainder of play. A chance to tie the game presented itself with little over six minutes left, but North Dakota was able to run down the clock and keep possession.
The Aggies fight on against Montana in their second home game of the season on Oct. 3.
Field hockey (6-7)
UC Davis vs. Pacific (L, 1-0)
UC Davis vs. Missouri State (W, 2-1)
A narrow defeat in their first America East Conference match, the Aggies were able to prevent Pacific from scoring until late in the game, where they were unable to match the goal.
UC Davis’ junior Kayla Wigney and sophomore Kate Young each knocked in a goal against Missouri State, as the defense halted any attempt to tie up the game in the second period, leading to a 2-1 triumph in their second home game in as many days.
The field hockey team will battle Stanford on Oct. 2 in another home game at the Aggie Field Hockey Facility.
Windon Memorial Classic (fifth place finish)
The two-day Windon Memorial in Glencoe, Ill., saw the golf team receive their second fifth-place finish of the season. Tied for fourth after two rounds, the Aggies ended the tournament with a team score of 855, only two points behind Princeton. Junior Ben Corfee finished tied for 14th and senior Patrick Soli tied for 17th.
The golf team will next play in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational held in Fairfax, Cali. on Oct. 12 for a two-day tournament.
Men’s soccer (4-5-0)
UC Davis vs. San Francisco (W, 3-1)
With their defeat of the San Francisco Dons’ on Sept. 27, the UC Davis men’s soccer team locks in the third of a quick succession of wins, putting them on the brink of a positive record with a definite upward trend in play. 25 Aggie shots kept the Dons’ on their toes throughout the match, who were able to take 9 shots – one of which required a save from UC Davis, and one which made it to the net.
UC Davis will play UC Riverside in the first conference match of the season on Oct. 1.
Women’s soccer (7-3-1)
UC Davis vs. Saint Mary’s (W, 1-0 (2OT))
An exciting double-overtime match gave the Aggies a very last-minute goal for the win against Saint Mary’s. Check out a full recap of the game by sports reporter Tristen Thalhuber here.
The women’s soccer team will remain at home to face Cal Poly in their first conference match on the season on Oct. 1.
UC Davis at Long Beach State (L, 3-0)
UC Davis at CSUN (L, 3-1)
Two losses saw the Aggies fall to a conference record of 0-2 after facing Long Beach State and CSUN over the course of two days. The final three sets played against CSUN were exceptionally close, and could have shifted the momentum of the game had the Aggies successfully converted two more them. At the conclusion, UC Davis had only been able to win one potential game-changer, with final scores of 25-16, 28-26, 23-25, 27-25.
The UC Davis volleyball team will play the first home match on the new court at the Pavilion on Sept. 30 against UC Riverside.
Men’s water polo
UC Davis vs. Cal Baptist (W, 17-10)
UC Davis vs. Diablo Valley College (W, 18-8)
UC Davis vs. Stanford (L, 18-6)
UC Davis vs. Pacific (L, 15-4)
UC Davis vs. Santa Clara (W, 15-11)
An action-packed weekend of water polo left the Aggies with a solid win against Cal Baptist in their first conference game and a 2-2- record in the Aggie Roundup. Read a recap of the tournament by sports reporter Aaron Sellers here.
The UC Davis men’s water polo team next competes against the Air Force on Oct. 3.