Seniors lead No. 8 Aggies to Saturday sweep

Sept. 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES - Seniors Morgan Olson-Fabbro, Cory Laidig and Spencer Galli each enjoyed four-goal games, as No. 8-ranked UC Davis swept a pair of Western Water Polo Association members on the second day of the Mountain Pacific Invitational tournament Saturday. The Aggies opened the day with a 17-8 win over Air Force, then dispatched No. 13 UC San Diego by a 18-8 final in their afternoon tilt.

UC Davis improves to 9-4 for the year.

Olson-Fabbro and Laidig each scored four goals in the win over AFA, with Galli matching his career high with four tallies against the Tritons. Junior Nick Coufal performed his first collegiate hat trick in the nightcap against UCSD. Junior Ido Goldschmidt scored two goals in each end of Saturday’s doubleheader, and totaled six assists for the day.

Galli, who previously scored a four-goal game against Air Force at the season-opening Triton Invitational, led the Aggie charge in Saturday’s win over UCSD. Sophomore Holden Tamblyn and junior Marcus Anderson also had two goals in the contest, with Tamblyn hitting back-to-back in igniting a 6-0 run in the first half. UC Davis led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter, pulled ahead by as much as 9-2 by just the 5:31 mark of the second, then held an 11-4 advantage at the halftime break.

The Aggies never trailed by fewer than six goals throughout the second half. Anderson and Galli each converted power plays early in the half, then UCSD scored back-to-back on a Kevin Asplund 6-on-5 goal and an Arman Momdzhyan penalty shot. Coufal and Galli answered with two goals each in a 5-0 run through the 3:01 mark in the fourth quarter.

Goldschmidt finished the game with four assists and three steals, while Coufal added three thefts to go with his offensive output.

In Saturday’s early game, Laidig and Olson Fabbro each scored four goals to help the Aggies explode from an early 2-0 deficit and a 3-3 second-quarter tie en route to a 17-8 win over Air Force. Goldschmidt had two goals and two assists in the game.

Air Force held the Aggies in check for nearly the entire first quarter in building its 2-0 lead before Olson-Fabbro netted back-to-back scores in the span of 37 seconds. The managerial economics major from San Jose converted a power play with 41 ticks remaining in the frame, then scored on even strength at the :04 mark.

After the two teams traded goals to open the second, UC Davis responded with four straight to craft a 7-3 edge, eventually holding a 9-5 lead the break. The Aggies also scored five unanswered to finish the game, including two more on 6-on-5 opportunities. Overall, UC Davis converted eight extra-man opportunities plus one five-meter penalty.

UC Davis will compete in the tournament’s ninth-place game at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The 16-team Mountain Pacific Invitational is hosted jointly by USC and Loyola Marymount, with the consolation bracket playing at the latter’s Burns Recreation Center.

Burns Recreation Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Air Force 2 3 3 0 - 8
No. 8 UC Davis 2 7 3 5 - 17

GOALS - AFA: Luke Andres 3, Riley Thomas 2, Justin Harrison 1, Eric Kawecki 1, Michael Miller 1. UC DAVIS: Morgan Olson-Fabbro 4, Cory Laidig 4, Ido Goldschmidt 2, Kyle Reilly 1, Marcus Anderson 1, Riley Venne 1, Yurii Hanley 1, Specer Galli 1, Jack Stafford 1, Joseph Gomez 1. 

GOALIE SAVES - AFA: James Burke 12 (32:00). UC DAVIS: R.J. Quigley 6 (32:00).

No. 13 UC San Diego 2 2 3 1 - 8
No. 8 UC Davis 5 6 4 3 - 18

GOALS - UCSD: Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt 4, Alessandro Valania 1, Kevin Asplund 1, Arman Momdzhyan 1, Boris Rubel 1. UC DAVIS: Spencer Galli 4, Nick Coufal 3, Holden Tamblyn 2, Marcus Anderson 2, Ido Goldschmidt 2, Eric Martel 1, Morgan Olson-Fabbro 1, Yurii Hanley 1, Colter Knight 1, Cory Laidig 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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