Aggies upset No. 8 Waves on final day of Roundup

Sept. 17, 2017

DAVIS/WOODLAND, Calif. - Junior utility Ido Goldschmidt scored two goals while freshman Jonah Addington tallied 12 saves, helping No. 9 UC Davis finish off a 7-5 upset of No. 8 Pepperdine on the final day of the Aggie Roundup men’s water polo tournament at Schaal Aquatics Center. The Aggies also went on to close the tourney with a 16-3 victory against Redlands at the Woodland Community Swim Center on Sunday.

UC Davis moves to 7-3 for the season.

Impressively, no single Aggie player had more than three goals combined in the two wins. Junior Marcus Anderson led all UC Davis scorers with three, netting one in the win over the Waves, then adding two in the nightcap with the Bulldogs. Redshirt freshmen Joseph Gomez and sophomore Keenan Anderson also had two against Redlands. Addington relieved starter R.J. Quigley in the Sunday finale, tallying eight saves in two shutout quarters.

UC Davis never trailed in its victory against Pepperdine, opening on a 2-0 start and holding a 5-2 halftime lead. Marcus Anderson, Spencer Galli, Yurii Hanley, Cory Laidig and Riley Venne each added one goal in that contest, which saw the Aggies convert 3-for-7 on its power-play opportunities. 

The Waves pulled to within a one-goal margin on two occasions in the second half, first cutting the lead to 5-4 on consecutive 6-on-5 chances in the third quarter, then making it 6-5 on a Marko Asic goal with 5:12 remaining in the fourth. UC Davis defended on three man-down situations after the break in holding down the Pepperdine scoring. Venne sealed the win with his score with 34 seconds left in the fourth.

Redlands and UC Davis battled to a 3-3 tie early in the first half before Marcus Anderson sparking what ultimately became a 13-0 finish to the contest. The Aggies held a 3-1 lead after Joseph Gomez converted a five-meter penalty to start the second quarter. Two 6-on-5 goals by Redlands’ Max Taylor and Spencer Allen equalized the game at 3-3 with 5:32 to go in the frame. Then Anderson scored two goals and assisted another to Goldschmidt during the next 80 seconds of play, igniting a 6-0 run to finish the half.

Addington recorded four blocks in each of the third and fourth quarters to keep the Bulldogs off the board, while Keenan Anderson’s two fourth-quarter goals led the offense after the break.

UC Davis went 3-1 during the tournament, including a Thursday Western Water Polo Association win over No. 15 Cal Baptist and an overtime heartbreaker against No. 6 Long Beach State on Saturday. The Aggies enter a short week of practice before competing in the Mountain Pacific Invitational, hosted jointly at USC and LMU on Friday through Sunday.

UC Davis games only • Schaal Aquatics Center/Woodland Community Swim Center

No. 8 Pepperdine 1 1 2 1 - 5
No. 9 UC Davis 2 3 0 2 - 7

GOALS - PEPP: Charles Olsen 1, Kenneth Keller 1, Mate Toth 1, Mark Urban 1, Marko Asic 1. UC DAVIS: Ido Goldschmidt 2, Spencer Galli 1, Marcus Anderson 1, Yurii Hanley 1, Cory Laidig 1, Riley Venne 1. 

Redlands 1 2 0 0 - 3
No. 9 UC Davis 2 7 3 4 - 16

GOALS - UR: Aaron White 1, Max Taylor 1, Spencer Allen 1. UC DAVIS: Marcus Anderson 2, Joseph Gomez 2, Keenan Anderson 2, Riley Venne 1, Kyle Reilly  1, Ido Goldschmidt 1, Cory Laidig 1, Morgan Olson-Fabbro 1, George Kuesis 1, Max Somple 1, Jack Stafford 1, Brock Gordon 1, Nick Coufal 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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