Review Category : Sports

UC Davis Women’s Cross Country Recap

If good things come in threes, then it seems the UC Davis women’s cross country team is due for some more success soon. Their victory this past weekend at the Big West Cross Country Championships, hosted by UC Riverside at the Ag/Ops course, marks the second Big West championship title claimed by UC Davis. UC Davis came out strong on Nov. 1, looking to reclaim the title from Cal Poly, who took home the win the past two consecutive years. Six Aggie runners finished in the top 13 places with just a 48-second gap between the first and fifth runners. Junior Christine Hoffman led the Aggies with a time of 20:22:07 for the 6-kilometer course. This performance was considered “an obvious highlight” by coach Devin Elizondo. Sophomore Hannah Kirkegaard, senior Raquel Lambdin and sophomore Clara MacLeod followed Hoffman’s lead to bring home sixth, seventh and ninth place for the team. Coach Elizondo commended Lambdin on achieving her “first top-10 finish at a cross-country championship” and also on leading the team... ...

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Recap of Big West Championships

With less than a month remaining in the season, the UC Davis men’s cross country team pulled off a 6th-place finish at the 2014 Big West Cross Country Championships on Nov. 1. Hosted at UC Riverside, the Championship marks the last big race before the NCAA West Regional on Nov. 14.  UC Santa Barbara took the title with a total of 21 points and were pursued by Cal Poly, UC Riverside and Long Beach State, who scored 49, 95 and 114 points, respectively. The Aggies came in sixth place with 144 points, just behind CSU Fullerton (129) and in front of UC Irvine (197) and CSU Northridge (218). Runners in NCAA cross country are assigned points based on their final placing, with more points signifying later finish times. Then, points for a team are added up, and the team’s final ranking is determined. Chasing the elusive top ten spot after a fall within the first mile, junior Brandon Pugh came in 13th place with a time of 24:39.0, missing the... ...

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This week in men’s sports

Cross Country: Big West Championships (6th place) Competing against the rest of the conference in the Big West Championships, the UC Davis men’s cross country team finished sixth out of eight teams. UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly finished first and second, respectively in the race. The Aggies were once again led by junior Brandon Pugh, who finished in 13th place individually. The next UC Davis runner to come in was junior Jordan Rushing in 31st place. The Aggies now look forward to the Doc Adams Open that will take place at UC Davis this Saturday. Football (1-7): UC Davis vs. Northern Colorado (L, 27-21) The Aggies football team faced off against Northern Colorado at home last Saturday, losing 27-21 in game that came down to the last second.  The Northern Colorado Bears came into the game, having won just one of their past five Big West games, and jumped to an early lead before doing just enough to hold on for a win. Freshman quarterback Ben Scott and junior... ...

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This week in women’s sports

Cross Country: Big West Championships (1st place) As she has done multiple times this season, junior Christine Hoffman paced the Aggies as they finished first in Big West Conference Championships. Hoffman ran the six-kilometer course in 20:22.7, a full 27 seconds faster than the second-place Aggie. Three more UC Davis runners finished within the top 10 as sophomore Hannah Kirkegaard, senior Raquel Lambdin and sophomore Clara McLeod finished in sixth, seventh and ninth respectively. The Aggies are now preparing for the Doc Adams Open to be held in Davis on Saturday. Field Hockey (4-13): UC Davis @ No. 3 Stanford The Aggies finished a disappointing regular season by failing to convert on a comeback bid against third-ranked Stanford. Sophomore forward Kayla Wigney added to her team-leading goal total, scoring in the 64th minute of the game. Meanwhile, freshman goalie Briana Sooy collected a career-high of six saves. These efforts, however, weren’t enough as Stanford scored the game-winning goal with just 2:17 left in the game. The Aggies were unable to... ...

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UC Davis falls to visiting Northern Colorado

The Aggies failed to close out the game against Northern Colorado despite an opportunity to score late in the fourth quarter. After trailing by 17 points, the Aggies scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cut the Bears’ lead to a field goal. The Aggies made a momentous comeback that almost ended in a game-winning touchdown with eight seconds left in regulation, stirring a crowd of Aggies fans that lay dormant for much of the first half. Sophomore quarterback Ben Scott started for the third consecutive time and threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns with 25 complete passes out of 38 attempted. Junior wide receiver Ramon Vargas scored both passing touchdowns. Scott found Vargas in the third quarter for a 23-yard touchdown pass, while his second touchdown came on an 18-yard pass from Scott halfway through the fourth quarters. Vargas led the receiving corps with 122 yards on nine receptions while adding the two touchdowns. Senior running back Gabe Manzanares led all runners with 50 yards rushing and... ...

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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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