Review Category : Sports

Meet the new UC Davis starting quarterback

Sophomore quarterback Ben Scott made his debut as the UC Davis starting quarterback in a loss against No. 14 Montana State in which he gained 379 yards through the air and ran for 72 yards. Despite the loss, Scott is hopeful that the team will head in the right direction under his leadership. As Scott begins his career as the starting quarterback for the Aggies, The Aggie sat down with him for a one-on-one interview to learn more about his new position on the team. Scott was born in San Jose, Calif. but soon moved to Los Banos, Calif. which is where former starter senior quarterback London Lacy lived at the time. Scott and Lacy both played on the same Pop Warner (youth league) team, where Lacy was the quarterback and Scott played wide receiver. Scott was surprised to see London playing at UC Davis after the two had not seen each other for almost a decade. After living in Los Banos, the Scott family moved to Vacaville when Scott... ...

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No. 11 Men’s Water Polo Team Survives Tough Schedule

  The UC Davis men’s water polo team experienced extreme highs and lows this season. The Aggies started their season against an aggressive row of competition, facing the No. 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 teams. They lost all of these games, including a 19-3 beatdown by No. 2 USC in the season opener. After starting the season off with a 1-6 record, the Aggies rebounded by winning six out of seven of their next matches. They were able to defeat No. 18 Navy and No. 19 Whittier, but mostly feasted on lower-ranked opponents. By the start of the school year, the Aggies were ranked No. 11 in the country. The past six games have been another lull for the Aggies as they have faced four teams placed in the nation’s top 13. The Aggies were routed by Stanford at home by a score of 17-5 before falling to unranked Cal Baptist and losing three out of four matches at the SoCal Invitational. The men’s water polo team will play... ...

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Inside the Game with Taylor Jern

  Taylor Jern is a third-year soccer player for the UC Davis women’s soccer team. She is a goalkeeper and recently achieved third place for most total saves in the history of Davis. This week, Jern sat down with The California Aggie to discuss how she got into soccer, what her third-place ranking means to her, as well as what her thoughts and goals are for the UC Davis women’s soccer team this season. How did you get into soccer and how long have you been playing?   My parents threw me into sports because I was a super active kid. As a four-year-old, I played AYSO bumblebee soccer and things just grew from there.   Did you play in club teams when you were younger? If so, where?   My first club team was the Corona Eagles. However, the bigger clubs are located in Orange County. Since the competition is tougher, I switched and competed for the Irvine Slammers FC [Irvine]. The Slammers are known for their extensive connections... ...

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UC Davis Takes on Montana State Bobcats

UC Davis (1-5, 0-3) fell to the Montana State Bobcats (5-2, 3-0) 77-37 during the UC Davis Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 11 as they continue Big West Conference play. Instead of the senior quarterback London Lacy, sophomore quarterback Ben Scott made his debut. Scott completed 27 of 46 passes for 379 yards and four touchdowns, including eight passes to junior wide receiver Ramon Vargas, a team high. Vargas led all receivers with 141 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Gabe Manzanares, who has been limited due to injury, rushed for 142 yards. UC Davis earned a total of 610 yards on offense, but it was not enough to subdue a Montana State team that is currently ranked No. 14 in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Bobcats started the game aggressively, scoring 35 points in the first half. The Aggies tried to keep up with Montana State, but failed to convert at the same high rate as their opponent. Montana State’s quarterback, Dakota Prukop, led the Bobcats with 361 yards... ...

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This week in sports

Men’s Football (1-5): UC Davis vs. No. 2 Montana State On Oct. 11, UC Davis football took on No. 2 Montana State in a homecoming showdown that saw a very mixed performance by the Aggies. On the positive side, the Aggie offense looked outstanding for the first time this season against a Division I opponent. Sophomore quarterback Ben Scott, making his debut as a starter, threw for 379 yards and four touchdowns including a spectacular one-handed touchdown catch by junior Ramon Vargas. Senior running back Gabe Manzanares returned to his last-season form, rushing for 142 yards. On the other side of the ball, the UC Davis defense struggled throughout the day, allowing opposing quarterback Dakota Prukop to gain 361 yards in the air and 148 yards on the ground in just three quarters. Three Cougar drives ended in touchdowns in three plays or less, and they managed to score on all but two possessions in the game. Don’t miss The California Aggie’s in-depth coverage of the game. Women’s Golf (3rd,... ...

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Women’s Golf Dominates Early in the Year

UC Davis women’s golf started the 2014-15 season with high expectations after finishing last season ranked No. 17 in the country by Golfstat. The team lost only one player from last year’s dominant squad and has won the Big West Championships for the past five years. The UC Davis women’s golf team consists of five players from last year’s team, four of whom were awarded spots on All-Big West teams. Senior Beverly Vatananagulkit, sophomore Paige Lee and junior Betty Chen were all on the All-Big West First Team while junior Andrea Wong landed on the Third Team. Coach Anna Temple was also awarded her second straight Big West Coach of the Year award after last season. The Aggies are off to a hot start this season, finishing in third place or better in each of their first three tournaments. In the first tournament of the season, the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, UC Davis struggled through the first half before finishing strong and winning all but two matches. Their first... ...

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Aggies Continue Undefeated Streak

UC Davis Men’s soccer opened up Big West Conference play on Oct. 2 as they defeated the Cal State Fullerton Titans with a score of 3-1 to maintain their undefeated record. After playing seven consecutive games that went into double overtime, the Aggies were able to win this game during regulation time. UC Davis scored a total of three goals, a season high, including a last second goal to finish off its opponent. Senior defender Lucas Mohageg flicked the ball into the left post of the goal on the 16th minute of the first half on a throw-in by junior midfielder Ryan Gross. This was Mohageg’s third goal of the season. True freshman forward Kyle Higgins scored his first career goal at the 60th minute. He shot from 30 yards out to the top right corner of the goal after beating two Titan defenders. With a two-goal lead, the Aggies were called with a handball penalty in box at the 65th minute. Fullerton’s Ian Ramos scored and cut the Aggie... ...

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Back to school recap of the women’s teams

    As students trickle back into school, UC Davis women’s sports teams are reaching the middle of their seasons. If you haven’t been able to keep up with the six women’s teams that have already seen action, here is your chance to catch up on each team has fared thus far. The UC Davis men’s teams are covered in a separate article.   Women’s Cross Country (1st, 6th, and 2nd place finishes): The women’s cross country team has seen mixed results thus far this season. They handily defeated Sacramento State in their first meet, led by a strong performance by junior Christine Hoffman. Against tougher competition in the WCC Preview, the Aggies fell to sixth-place finish where sophomore Clara MacCleod led the team with a 10th-place individual finish. In Stanford, UC Davis finished in second place as the top Big West competitor, once again helmed by Hoffman who raced to a seventh-place finish. The Aggies are hoping to see more dominant races like Stanford.   Women’s Field Hockey (3-7):... ...

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This Week in Sports

Sept. 29 through Oct. 5 With so many sports for Aggie fans to follow but so little time, we’ve decided to cover the entirety of UC Davis athletics action in one spot. Here is what happened in UC Davis sports between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5. Men’s Soccer (4-0-7): UC Davis vs. Cal State Fullerton (3-1) UC Davis vs. UC Riverside (1-0) Men’s soccer saw Big West regular season play open up for the year, facing both Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside at home. In the first match, the Aggies scored a season-high three goals, including a career first by freshman Kyle Higgins. Sophomore goalie Armando Quezada ended the game with three saves, only allowing one shot past him. The Aggies’ second game of Big West play saw them shutout the UC Irvine Anteaters. Sophomore Connor Willis-Hong provided the lone goal as the Aggies continued their undefeated season. UC Davis and Penn State University are now the only undefeated teams in Division I men’s soccer. For more in-depth coverage... ...

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Back to school recap of men’s teams

  While the school year is just starting for most students, UC Davis sports teams have already been hard at work competing across the country for several weeks. For those of us who are unable to keep up with the 10 teams who have already been in action this season, here is a one-stop guide to how UC Davis men’s teams have been playing during this summer break. UC Davis women’s teams are covered in a separate article. Men’s Cross Country (1st, 4th, 6th place finishes): The men’s cross country squad opened up their 2014 season well, winning the Aggie Open over Sacramento State. Although nobody managed to place in the top two individually, junior Brandon Pugh took third place, and the fifth through 10th-place finishers were all Aggies. In the second meet of the year, the WCC Preview race, the Aggies finished fourth out of eight teams and were led by a 15th-place finish by sophomore Austin Goins. Most recently, UC Davis finished last in a very competitive six-team... ...

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Aggies football suffers first home loss

UC Davis (1-3, 0-1) was defeated for the first time at Aggie Stadium this year, as they faced the Eastern Washington Eagles (4-1, 1-0), by a score of 37-14. The Eagles are currently ranked No. 2 in the Football Championship Series as they opened Big Sky Conference (BSC) play. The Aggies were led through the air by senior quarterback London Lacy with 172 yards and a touchdown and in the running game by senior running back Colton Silveria who gained 35 yards on 12 runs. Still, it was not enough to tame an Eastern Washington team led by highly touted quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., who leads the BSC in total yards and touchdowns. The Aggies came out strong and held the Eagles to only nine points in the first half. The Eagles scored a touchdown in the first quarter, but failed to convert the PAT attempt. Sophomore running back Manusamoa Luuga responded with a two-yard touchdown, which lifted the Aggies to a slim lead. However, the Eagles converted a 27-yard... ...

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Male Athlete of the Quarter: Matt Hansen

Playing in his final season as an Aggie, senior Matt Hansen knew that he wanted to finish his already impressive collegiate career strong. Coming into the season, the senior had already received a number of awards, being named Big West Freshman of the Year while making the All-Big West second team three straight seasons. This year, Hansen did not disappoint once again. Hansen played well throughout the entire season, posting a team-best and UC Davis record 70.6 scoring average while finishing in the top-10 in five tournaments this year. He also finished Big West play in style, winning the last regular season tournament of the year along with the individual Big West Tournament. The Aggies’ season ended in the NCAA Regionals in Auburn, Ala. where they fell short of a qualifying score. Still, Hansen put up an incredible season. He was named to the Division I PING All-West Region team along with being honored on the All-Big West first team. Finally, Hansen was named the winner of the Colby E.... ...

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Male Athlete of the Year: Gabe Manzanares

UC Davis football head coach Ron Gould has made a habit out of creating star running backs. He has coached the likes of future NFL players Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett before his time here in Davis. Luckily for Gould, he had a dominating running back at the head of his team during his first year coaching UC Davis. Gabe Manzanares struggled to break through in his first two collegiate stops. He gained a grand total of 11 yards in one year at Wesleyan before sitting on the bench behind star running back Kris Olugbode at City College of San Francisco. Manzanares came to UC Davis as a walk-on with little expectations and made an immediate impact, leading the Aggies in carries during his first game against USD. Still, he struggled in the first few games, averaging 3.5 yards per carry. Against Idaho State University, however, Manzanares first proved his worth. The walk-on rushed for 208 yards on 34 carries while adding three catches that day, leading UC Davis to... ...

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Men’s Team of The Quarter: Men’s Golf

UC Davis men’s golf team started off the 2013-14 season with its goal to return to the postseason. The Aggies eventually accomplished their goal, making the Big West Conference Championships once again and even making their first appearance in the NCAA Championships since 2012. The team performed impressively and put together an exceptional 2013-14 season. At the El Macero Classic tournament, UC Davis, led by senior Matt Hansen, won its first title of the season. Hansen finished first and picked up his second career win. The success continued as the Aggies went after their third Big West Championship over the past four years. Last season, UC Davis finished a close third to Pacific and Cal State Fullerton, which tied for first place. This year, with the team’s efforts, the Aggies finished second and Hansen finished first. This marked his second tournament win in a row. After finishing second in the Big West Conference, UC Davis was selected for the NCAA Auburn Regional and was given the 11th seed. Eventually, the... ...

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Women’s Athlete of the Quarter: Ashley Marshall

As the Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Year in 2013, junior Ashley Marshall had big expectations for continued success in the 2014 season, and she certainly did not disappoint. Her skilled performances out on the track have earned her the title of Women’s Athlete of the Quarter this spring. “Ashley brings a familiarity with national-level competition with her to the line when she races,” said head coach Drew Wartenburg. Marshall’s sprinting prowess earned her a second straight appearance in the NCAA Division I Track and Field Final for the 100-meter dash on May 30. During the NCAA West Region Preliminary Meet, Marshall also competed in the 200-meter dash, finishing 20th in the semifinal round. Unfortunately this was not enough to take her to Eugene, Ore. for the 200-meter final. However, she will still be representing the Aggies at the finals in Oregon from June 11 to June 14, racing in the 100-meter dash for her second consecutive season. Expectations are high for the young sprinter come the finals... ...

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