No. 12 UC Davis, No. 3 Stanford Set Back Men’s Water Polo

Kevin DiSilvestro scored his fourth goal of the California trip (Gil Talbot).
Kevin DiSilvestro scored his fourth goal of the California trip (Gil Talbot).

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A pair of ranked opponents from California defeated the Harvard men's water polo team at The Rodeo in Santa Clara, Calif. Saturday. The Crimson fell to No. 12 UC Davis, 20-2, and No. 3 Stanford, 19-3, in the second and third of five consecutive games against ranked teams.

In game one, UC Davis opened the scoring before Harvard's Kevin DiSilvestro quickly answered to even the score after 1:08 of play. The Aggies proceeded to go on a five-goal run, including three from All-American Aaron Salit, to close the first quarter with a 6-1 lead.

The Crimson's Evan Ramsey scored to cut the UC Davis advantage to 4 to start the second but the Aggies rallied for four goals to control the game. It was the third time in four games that Ramsey had registered at least one tally.

The UC Davis defense became even tougher to penetrate in the second half as the Aggies blanked Harvard and ran the score to its 20-2 final.

Stanford, who peaked at No. 1 in the CWPA rankings a week ago, blitzed to a 6-0 lead after one quarter and took a 13-1 advantage into halftime. Stanford continued its impressive play into the second half as four Cardinal players finished with hat tricks in the 19-3 decision.

Ramsey, Luka Babic and John Holland-McCowan scored for the Crimson.

Harvard finishes The Rodeo tomorrow with No. 6 Pepperdine at 11:00 a.m EST and the tournament hosts, No. 15 Santa Clara, at 5:40 p.m. EST.