No. 9 UC Davis finishes strong in WWPA opener

Sept. 14, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior center Morgan Olson-Fabbro scored four goals while junior utility Riley Venne added a hat trick, helping ninth-ranked UC Davis pull away from a 3-3 halftime battle to a 12-9 win over No. 15 Cal Baptist in a Western Water Polo Association men’s game at Schaal Aquatics Center Thursday night.

The Aggies improve to 5-2 for the year and open at 1-0 in conference. The Lancers also move to 5-2 overall with a 0-1 WWPA ledger.

Five more UC Davis players – Cory Laidig, Colter Knight, Jack Stafford, Spencer Galli and Joseph Gomez – each added one goal. Galli also notched three saves while Stafford, sophomore Yurii Hanley and junior Marcus Anderson each recorded two assists. Goalies R.J. Quigley and Jonah Addington split time in the cage. Quigley had three saves and a pair of steals before the true freshman Addington came in for five stops in the second half.

The Aggies actually trailed by a 2-0 margin until Olson-Fabbro broke the scoreless start with his goal from set at 1:43 in the first. CBU center Jonny Lotero netted his second of three total goals in the second frame to give his team a 3-2 edge, with Laidig providing the equalizer from the one position in the final minute of the half. The two teams went to the break in a 3-3 tie. Junior goalie Matt Miller tallied seven saves in that second quarter to keep the Lancers in the hunt.

UC Davis took its first lead to start the second half on a Knight goal, but Lotero completed his hat trick to tie the contest for a third time. Stafford and CBU driver Dominick Nevarez later traded goals to lock up the score at 5-5. Nonetheless, the Aggies found their stride offensively in that third quarter, piling up six goals for a 9-6 lead. A power-play conversion by Gomez continued what ultimately finished as a 7-1 second-half run for UC Davis, culminating with Olson-Fabbro’s fourth goal to make it 12-6 midway through the fourth.

CBU netted three straight in the final 73 seconds to cut into the final margin. Both teams converted 2 of 8 power-play opportunities in this WWPA opener.

Thursday’s game also launched the 11-team, 23-game Aggie Roundup tournament. UC Davis returns to action against Long Beach State at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, then will host Pepperdine and Redlands on Sunday. Tournament results are available at

No. 15 Cal Baptist (5-2, 0-1) 2 1 3 3 - 9
No. 9 UC Davis (5-2, 1-0) 1 2 6 3 - 12

GOALS - CBU: Jonny Lotero 3, Kyle Rasmussen 1, Dominick Nevarez 1, Joseph Galgani 1, Royce Daniel Laverne 1, Luke Schuler 1, Christian Britton 1. UC DAVIS: Morgan Olson-Fabbro 4, Riley Venne 3, Cory Laidig 1, Colter Knight 1, Jack Stafford 1, Spencer Galli 1, Joseph Gomez 1. 

GOALIE SAVES - CBU: Matt Miller 11 (32:00). UC DAVIS: R.J Quigley 3 (16:00), Jonah Addington  5 (16:00).

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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