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