Review Category : Sports

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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Women’s Team of the Year: Women’s Golf

It’s tough to say anything other than good things about a team which won its fifth consecutive Big West Conference title this season. It becomes nearly impossible to nitpick when four of the six players got Big West recognition and the coach was given Big West Conference Coach of the Year. The UC Davis women’s golf team has been a standard for excellence for quite a while now and continued their strong showing this season. Head coach Anna Temple has created an environment of excellence and improvement this year, as the Aggies managed to breeze their way through the Big West tournament. Three UC Davis players — sophomore Betty Chen, junior Beverly Vatananugulkit and freshman Paige Lee — were named to the All-Big West first team because of their outstanding play this season. Sophomore Andrea Wong was an honorable mention and rounded out the group of Aggie players who got Big West recognition. The team was excellent throughout the year, racking up six top-three team finishes in 13 tournaments this... ...

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Women’s Athlete of the Year: Paige Lee

Paige Lee is one of only three Aggie golfers ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. She was also a first-team All-Big West selection this year, was second on UC Davis’ team with five top-10 finishes and was tied for second on the team with two top-five finishes. By the way, she is also a freshman. Lee’s best finish of the year was at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky Country Club in Walcott, Colo. She went 5-over 221 and finished fourth out of 90 competitors. Lee shot an even 72 in her second round which helped her maintain a sizeable advantage over the other golfers. Lee’s fantastic freshman year culminated in her helping the Aggies to a fifth consecutive Big West title. She finished tied for seventh in the Big West playoffs with a 6-over 222. Beyond the team title she helped win this year, her qualification for the U.S. Women’s Open shows individual quality that is rare in a golfer, let alone a freshman golfer. “Qualifying... ...

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Men’s Team of the Year: Men’s Tennis

The UC Davis men’s tennis team finished out their season with a 4-3 loss against Hawai’i in the Big West Tournament semifinals match on April 25. The Aggies finished their season with their first winning record in Division I, 14-11. UC Davis went an impressive 11-3 at home and led the conference in wins. Six members of the team earned All-Big West honors after a successful season. Freshman Alec Adamson and James Wade made the all-conference team in singles. Adamson and sophomore Adam Levie were awarded All-Big West Doubles First Team for only the second time in UC Davis history. Senior Kyle Miller earned his third consecutive All-Big West honor and made the all-conference second team. Sophomore Brett Bacharach and senior Adam Luba made it to the All-Conference Second Team in doubles. With a season full of accomplishments, expect the Aggies to come back next year and be a dominant force in the Big West. WIth only three graduating seniors and currently no juniors on the team, the Aggies will... ...

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Column: Closing Thoughts

It’s been one long year. From learning how to do my job as the sports editor to trying to pass the Save The Aggie referendum, it has been one long journey that is finally coming to an end. In many ways, the ups and downs of this year at The Aggie have mimicked the rollercoaster year for UC Davis athletics. There have been plenty of high points, such as the women’s track and field team capturing their third straight Big West Championship title, and there have been some low points, such as the season-ending injury of men’s basketball player J.T. Adenrele and the subsequent subpar season for the team. Rather than focusing on the negative, I’m going to be positive. Shocking, I know. My goal is not to discuss the failures of UC Davis athletics but rather some observations I have gathered through my experience covering UC Davis sports. I entered UC Davis representing the majority of UC Davis students who like sports, I thought the 2005 wins against Stanford... ...

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Aggies rally past Hornets for 6-3 win

The UC Davis baseball team played against the Sacramento State Hornets on May 13 at Raley Field in Sacramento, Calif. The Aggies were down by three runs after the first inning, but they soon bounced back and took charge of the game, which ended in a 6-3 victory for UC Davis. Sacramento State had won the last eight consecutive meetings with UC Davis before the May 13 matchup, including a 15-7 victory in Davis, Calif. on April 15. The Hornets looked for another win that would have made their winning streak against UC Davis the longest winning streak in school history, so they started off the game strong and put three runs on the board in the first inning. Sacramento State’s Nathan Lukes scored on a sacrifice fly by his teammate David Del Grande to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead. Kyle Moses scored on a throwing error by the Aggies’ left fielder and was followed by a run from Rhys Hoskins, who scored after Will Soto roped a double.... ...

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UC Davis softball falls short of Big West playoffs

The 2014 season was a challenge for the UC Davis softball team. The year was marked by many ups and downs for the Aggies, with the athletes snagging several wins here and there but unable to string together a long run of victories which would have aided UC Davis in accomplishing their ultimate goal of making it to the Big West playoffs. In their final series of the 2014 season, the Aggies took on Hawai’i at home on La Rue Field on May 9 and May 10. UC Davis came out hot, winning both games on May 9, 5-1 and 4-3. With their sights set on finally taking home a sweep and finishing the year on a high note, the Aggies took on the Rainbow Warriors in the final game of the year on May 10. Senior Day unfortunately did not go in the home team’s favor. The players were unable to push any runs across the board and fell to Hawai’i, 2-0, in the team’s final game of the... ...

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