Review Category : Sports

Inside the Game with Blair Lewis

Senior Blair Lewis has already been a part of three Big West Championships and carved out a good collegiate career for herself over the past three years. This summer, Lewis committed herself to finish out her time at UC Davis, and has been outstanding, finishing first of all Aggies at two of their four tournaments. As of Oct. 29, Lewis was ranked No. 135 individually in the country. The California Aggie had the chance to sit down with Lewis and discuss how she got into golf, what spurred on her major improvement, and much more. So let’s get started with how and when you got into golf: I started playing in tournaments when I was seven. My Dad just took me out to the driving range when I was five. My uncle played professional baseball and he had an equipment contract and got a set of golf clubs, but he was obviously too busy to play so he gave my dad the clubs and he got into it, and then... ...

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This week in men’s sports

Soccer (6-1-9): UC Davis @ Cal Poly (W, 1-0) UC Davis @ Sacramento State (T, 0-0) With some momentum after a win against rival UC Santa Barbara, the UC Davis men’s soccer team travelled down to San Luis Obispo to face the Cal Poly Mustangs. The Aggies finished the game ahead 1-0 thanks to a stingy defense and a strike from senior Matt Sheldon in the 64th minute. The goal was Sheldon’s third of the season while sophomore goalkeeper Armando Quezada posted his second consecutive shutout. With a two-game winning streak in tow, the Aggies crossed the causeway to play Sacramento State in the home of the USL Pro Sac. Republic FC. Sheldon, who scored against UCSB, took five shots but was unable to find the back of the net. Once again, the UC Davis defense proved to be stout and kept the Aggies from suffering a loss in the Causeway Classic.   Tennis: USTA/ITA Northwest Regionals After a grueling three-day period at the ITA Northwest Regionals, UC Davis was... ...

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This week in women’s sports

Field Hockey (4-12): UC Davis @ No. 7 Louisville (L, 3-0) UC Davis @ Miami University (L, 6-1) Despite a strong defensive effort from the Aggies, the field hockey team simply lacked the firepower to contend with No. 7 Louisville. The Aggies, who have averaged one goal per game over their last six games, failed to register a point and fell to Louisville despite holding them to three goals. This game marked the third time UC Davis faced a top-10 opponent this season, losing the games by an average of three points. In their second-to-last game of the regular season, the Aggies scored just one goal as their opponents unleashed 21 shots and found the back of the net six times. Sophomore Kristin Rodgers scored the lone goal, her fifth of the season for the Aggies. UC Davis will face Stanford on Halloween for its last match of the season.   Soccer (5-10-3): UC Davis @ Hawai’i (W, 2-1) In what seems like two victories in one, the UC Davis... ...

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UC Davis club sports highlight

Cycling Team: The UC Davis’ cycling club team has roughly 65 members on the team and the team is divided into two sections. The first is the club level for those who want to have people to ride with, attend group rides and other events, and get access to team sponsorship. The cycling team also has the “race team”. These riders race collegiately in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference which includes all of California and Western Nevada. The UC Davis cycling club team placed 4th as a team for D1 school at the national championships in May. Practices are hosted as casual rides everyday at 3:15pm leaving from the bike barn. These rides are open to anyone. It allows people to come and meet team members while learning how to ride in a group. “Race Rides” occur on Tuesdays at 3:15pm leaving the bike barn. This is a 35 mile high intensity group ride that is to simulate racing. Weekly meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm in Roessler... ...

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Cross Country teams look forward to Big West Championships

With over half of the season in the books, both the men and women’s cross country teams have seen up-and-down performances. In the first race of the year, each team defeated nearby rival Sacramento State. Since then, the performances have been far more varied. After winning the meet against Sac State, the women’s cross country team travelled to the West Coast Conference Preview held in Sunnyvale, Calif. The Aggies placed a middling sixth place out of 11 teams. Still, UC Davis had three runners finish in the top 20, led by sophomore Clara Macleod, who ran the 6-kilometer course in 21:35. The next race, the 41st Annual Stanford Invitational, saw the women’s team finish in second place overall. The Aggies were able to best Cal Poly and Loyola Marymount just two weeks after falling to them at the WCC Preview. UC Davis was led by junior Christine Hoffman, who finished in seventh individually. Two other Aggies finished in the top 20. On Oct. 18, the UC Davis team split up... ...

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This week in women’s sports

Cross Country: Santa Clara Bronco Invitational NCAA Pre-Nationals The Aggies sent freshman Elizabeth Greid and sophomore Kazune Shidara to the SCU Bronco Invitational. They finished in 45th and 64th place respectively. Meanwhile, UC Davis struggled in the NCAA Pre-Nationals and only junior Christine Hoffmann finished inside of the top-150 individually. Hoffmann finished in 21:10 minutes for 17th place individually and has now led the Aggies in every race that she has competed in. Field Hockey (4-10): UC Davis @ University of Pacific On Oct. 12, the Aggies faced University of Pacific and won 2-1 at home. The rematch game on Oct. 18 seemed to be going in the same direction as UC Davis led 2-1 with only a few minutes to go. Instead, the UoP Tigers scored with 2:59 seconds left, took the game into overtime and saw the game-winner splash into the net six minutes into the overtime period. UC Davis outshot their opponent 14-10 but could not capitalize on their numerous opportunities. Sophomores Augusta Singh and Kayla Wigney... ...

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No. 6 Montana Grizzlies roar past UC Davis

          The UC Davis Aggies (1-6 overall, 0-4 Big West) fell to the No. 6 Montana Grizzlies (5-2, 3-0) 42-28 despite a valiant effort by the Aggie offense in Missoula, Mont. Sophomore quarterback Ben Scott was under center for the second straight week and threw for 257 yards and four touchdowns, while completing 20 of 37 attempted passes. Scott connected with junior wide receiver Ramon Vargas eight times for 129 yards and two touchdowns. The Grizzlies were led by Jordan Canada, who rushed for three touchdowns with 152 yards, and Jamaal Jones, who scored a touchdown and earned 146 yards in five receptions. Senior running back Gabe Manzanares led the running game for the Aggies as he ran for 110 yards in 10 carries. Manzanares also caught three passes for a total of 24 reception yards; one of which resulted in an eight-yard touchdown. The Aggies and the Grizzlies ended the first half with a 14-14 tie.  However, the Grizzlies scored two unanswered touchdowns in the... ...

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This week in men’s sports

Cross Country: Santa Clara Bronco Invitational NCAA Pre-Nationals In the SCU Bronco Invitational, six Aggies competed with junior Eric Neill, pacing the team with an 86th place finish. Junior Miguel Aceves and sophomore Luke Dorman finished in 122nd and 132nd place, respectively. In the NCAA Pre-Nationals, UC Davis finished in 13th place out of a 28-team field. The Aggies were buoyed by junior Brandon Pugh, who finished the 8-kilometer race in 25.46 minutes. Junior Nick Ratto was the second Aggie to finish, coming in six seconds after Pugh for a 34th-place finish individually. Football (1-6): UC Davis @ No. 6 Montana Visiting the sixth-ranked Montana Grizzlies, the Aggies were defeated 42-28 as UC Davis once again saw strong play from their offense and a weak showing by their defense. Sophomore quarterback Ben Scott, making his second career start, finished with an impressive 257 yards and four touchdowns. Meanwhile, senior running back Gabe Manzanares ran for 110 yards, reaching the 100-yard mark for the second straight game. The Aggies defense let... ...

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UC Davis men’s soccer defeats rival UCSB at home

          The UC Davis men’s soccer (5-1-8 overall, 3-1-1 Big West) continue to roll as the Aggies beat rival UC Santa Barbara (6-6-2, 2-2-1) in a thriller in front of a soldout crowd of 1,344 spectators at Aggie Soccer Field. After ending regulation and the first overtime in a scoreless tie, the game continued with a golden goal with just a few minutes to go in the double overtime period. With just over three minutes left in the second overtime, junior midfielder Ryan Gross crossed a free kick near midfield, and junior midfielder Lucas Mohageg headed the ball into the top left corner of the net. “Not too many teams are able to shutout a team like UC Santa Barbara, but we did today,” said head coach Dwayne Shaffer. “We applied so much pressure, attacking for so long, I felt like eventually they were going to break down. We need to capitalize on our set pieces, and Lucas, at 6-foot-4, is so good in the air... ...

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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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