Davis, Calif.-----Dani Curran scored four second-half goals for San Jose State, but UC Davis' Dakotah Mohr scored off a rebound during a power play with 16 seconds remaining giving the Aggies a 10-9 women's water polo non-conference win.
The #8-ranked Spartans (18-11) made up a five-goal halftime deficit and tied the score at 9-9 on Curran's final tally with 49 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
With 33 seconds to go, Kimber Methvin of the Spartans was sent to the penalty box for UC Davis' nine power-play of the match. Mohr picked the rebound off Alicia Begin's shot that hit of the crossbar and tossed it past goalkeeper Meagan Minson for the game winner.
Five of UC Davis' goals were on power plays, including four in the first half. The Aggies were 5-for-9 on the power play compared to San Jose State going 1-for-7.
"The whole first half was bad. We played no defense. We told them they had to press the whole time. It was like a shooting drill for them. It was unacceptable. At halftime, we were down by five," said San Jose State coach Lou Tully whose team was going for a four-match regular-season sweep over #11-UC Davis (17-12).
The Spartans had yielded an average of 6.6 goals per match over a 10-match span prior to the regular-season finale against the Aggies.
Trailing 7-2 going into the third quarter, the Spartans closed the gap to 9-7 with a pair of Curran scores and goals by Rachel Henry and the second of two by Katie Buzzetta.
"It was a nice comeback. We finally played some defense in the second half," the Spartans' coach added.
"We worked really hard to get our offense going. We couldn't let up," said Curran about the second-half scoring flurry.
"Dani played a tremendous game. She scored some goals there where it's as good as it gets," Tully said.
Minson was credited with eight saves and UC Davis goalkeeper Rachel Tatusko made 12 stops. Tatusko's final save was on an Allie Stewart shot with four seconds left in regulation.
San Jose State returns to action, Friday, April 27, taking on USC in the first-round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship. Match time is 2:30 p.m. at Stanford's Avery Aquatics Complex.
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San Jose State - Dani Curran, 4; Anna Natalizio, 2; Katie Buzzetta, 2; Rachel Henry, 1.
UC Davis - Jessica Dunn, 3; Alicia Began, 2; Ariel Feeney, 2; Dakotah Mohr, 1; Alysson Hansen, 1; Carmen Eggert, 1.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 8.
UC Davis - Rachel Tatusko - 12
San Jose State - 11
UC Davis - 11