No. 13 Air Force Unable to Get Past No. 11 UC San Diego

    Junior Josh Stedman

    Junior Josh Stedman

    Oct. 18, 2012

    LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 13th-ranked Air Force water polo team fell short in a back-and-forth battle, dropping a 10-9 decision to No. 11 UC San Diego Thursday evening at Canyonview Pool.

    Junior Andrew Hamilton (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and senior Garrett Womack (Redlands, Calif.) each tallied three goals to lead the Falcons, who fell to 8-7 overall on the season and 7-3 in the WWPA.

    Air Force got on the board first with a man-up score from junior Josh Stedman (Brea, Calif.) midway through the opening period, but the Tritons came back immediately with a goal on their next possession and took the lead with 1:38 remaining in the first quarter. However, Hamilton's first goal of the game with just 25 seconds left in the period tied the score at 2-2.

    The Falcons regained their lead with the first goal of the second period, as Womack found the back of the net with 5:54 on the clock, but again, the Tritons answered with the equalizer and scored a 6-on-5 goal to go back on top, 4-3. Senior Brad Rajchel (Orlando, Fla.) scored next for the Falcons to tie the game at 4-4 with 2:35 left in the first half, but the Tritons scored two goals in the next minute to regain the lead, as they took at 6-4 advantage into the intermission.

    UC San Diego (8-6, 7-2) got out to its largest lead of the game by tallying the first score of the third quarter and held on to a three-goal cushion until the 3:04 mark when Womack notched his second score of the game. The Falcons got back within one with a man-up goal from junior Max Reilly (Davis, Calif.), but UCSD responded with a goal of their own to take an 8-6 advantage into the fourth quarter.

     

     

    Womack tallied his third score of the game with 6:37 to play in the final period, but the Tritons found the back of the net just 13 seconds later to regain their two-goal cushion. A man-up score from Hamilton less than a minute later brought the score to 9-8, but UC San Diego added another goal with 3:08 remaining. The two-goal margin was short-lived, as Hamilton tallied his third goal of the game 16 seconds later. However, the Tritons were able to hold on in the last few minutes, escaping with the 10-9 victory.

    Air Force returns to action this weekend, Oct. 20-21, to compete at The Rodeo, hosted by Santa Clara. The Falcons will face 12th-ranked Brown, 17th-ranked Bucknell, fourth-ranked Stanford and Fresno Pacific.

    No. 11 UC Davis 10, No. 13 Air Force 9
    Air Force
    - 2 2 2 3 - 9
    UC San Diego - 2 4 2 2 - 10

    AF Scoring: Hamilton 3, G. Womack 3, Stedman, Rajchel, Reilly
    UCSD Scoring: Butler 3, Donohoe 2, Roach, Toplak, Dietrich, Michalko, Higginson

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