No. 9 Aggies pull away from Spartans, 11-5

Sept. 9, 2017

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DAVIS, Calif. -- Four Aggie players finished with two goals apiece and host UC Davis outscored visiting San Jose State, 5-1, in the second half to break open a close contest, handing the Spartans an 11-5 defeat on Saturday afternoon at the Schaal Aquatics Center.

The No. 9-ranked Aggies improved to 4-2 overall on the season as Riley Venne, Ido Goldschmidt, Yurii Hanley, and Marcus Anderson, each found the back of the net twice. San Jose State, receiving votes in the latest poll, fell to 1-1 overall, getting a pair of power play goals from Justin Pickering.

The Spartans finished 4-of-10 in 6-on-5 situations, scoring a pair of those goals in the first quarter to bring then even at 3-3 with 2:38 remaining in the period. Riley Venne netted his first of the day with 47 seconds remaining, giving UC Davis a slim lead at the end of one.

Scoring was at a premium in the second, with the Aggies holding a, 6-4, lead at the break -- the latter goal by Yurii Hanley with 3:18 left in the half sparking a 3-0 run that lasted into the third for an, 8-4, advantage.

San Jose State ended the run on the power play on Pickering's second goal of the match, but UC Davis closed out the contest with three straight scores, including a 2-meter goal by junior Ido Goldschmidt, for the final tally.

Anderson, Goldschmidt, Venne, and Joseph Gomez, finished with four shots apiece to lead the way for the Aggies. Junior goalkeeper R.J. Quigley finished with three saves in the first half, before freshman Jonah Addington came up with four stops in the third, including a pair on back-to-back attempts as the Spartans sprinted out on a breakaway in the closing moments of the quarter.

At the other end of the pool, T.J. Palmer stopped 10 shots for San Jose State, which got four shots apiece from Pickering and newcomer Jacob Mercep. Mercep, Finn Pardon, and Cade Baldridge, joined Pickering in the scoring column with first-quarter goals.

Saturday's match opened a five-game homestand for UC Davis, which continues next Thursday at the four-day Aggie Roundup held at Schaal Aquatics Center and the Charles Brooks Community Swim Center in nearby Woodland, Calif.

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(RV) San Jose State (1-1)
3 1 1 0 - 5
No. 9 UC Davis (4-2)
4 2 2 3 - 11

GOALS - UC DAVIS: Riley Venne 2, Ido Goldschmidt 2, Yurii Hanley 2, Marcus Anderson 2, Kyle Reilly 1, Spencer Galli 1, Joseph Gomez 1; SAN JOSE STATE: Justin Pickering 2, Finn Pardon 1, Cade Baldridge 1, Jacob Mercep 1.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

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