UC Davis places 10th to end SoCal weekend

Sept. 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES - Junior utility Ido Goldschmidt scored four goals while sophomore attacker Yurii Hanley added two assists and three steals, but UC Davis' late comeback could not overtake an early deficit as the ninth-ranked Aggies lost, 12-9, to seventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara in the Mountain Pacific Invitational 10th-place game at Burns Recreation Center Sunday.

UC Davis moves to 9-5 for the year.

Goldschmidt, who tied his season high set two days earlier against Pepperdine, netted one goal in the first, another in the third, then two in the Aggies' fourth-quarter comeback effort. Hanley, senior Cory Laidig, junior Marcus Anderson, junior Nick Coufal and redshirt freshman Kyle Reilly also scored for UC Davis.

Five different Gauchos scored two goals each while sophomore goalkeeper Justyn Barrios posted nine saves.

UC Santa Barbara never trailed in the contest, but UC Davis largely stayed within reach during the first half. Goldschmidt equalized at 1-1 in the opening minutes, while scores by Hanley and Laidig kept the Aggies within a one-goal deficit. UCSB held a 4-3 edge after the first quarter. Anderson scored early in the second frame to hold the margin to a single goal, but Gaucho senior Reed Cotterill immediately answered on the opposite end and sophomore Brannan Haket later converted a power play to extend the UCSB advantage to 7-4 at halftime.

The Gauchos continued to pull away through the third quarter, with Jacob Halle netting back-to-back tallies to make it 10-5. Blake Spiller extended the margin to 11-5 with his 6-on-5 goal early in the fourth before UC Davis responded with three straight. Hanley's steal set up a Coufal goal at the 6:05 mark. Jack Stafford assisted Reilly on the seventh goal a minute later, then another Hanley steal gave way to Goldschmidt's hat-trick goal with 4:54 remaining.

However, UC Davis never cut the deficit by fewer than three. After sophomore center Eric Martel drew UCSB's 12th exclusion, Hanley assisted Goldschmidt yet again on the extra-man chance with 1:02 on the clock to bring the score to its final 12-9 state.

The Aggies head to Colorado for a Western Water Polo Association contest at Air Force on September 30. This will be the team's third meeting with the Falcons this year, including a 17-8 win in Saturday's portion of the Mountain Pacific Invitational.

Burns Recreation Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)

No. 8 UC Davis 3 1 1 4 - 9
No. 7 UC Santa Barbara 4 3 3 2 - 12

GOALS - UC DAVIS: Ido Goldschmidt 4, Yurii Hanley 1, Cory Laidig 1, Marcus Anderson 1, Nick Coufal 1, Kyle Reilly 1. UCSB: Jacob Halle 2, Brannan Haket 2, Shane Hauschild 2, Reed Cotterill 2, Adam Lott 2, Boris Jovanovic 1, Blake Spiller 1.

GOALIE SAVES - UC DAVIS: Jonah Addington 4 (32:00). UCSB: Justyn Barrios 9 (32:00).

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.

Season and single-game tickets for all UC Davis fall sports are now on sale by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or by visiting us online at UCDavisAggies.com.