Oct. 5, 2012
STOCKTON, Calif. - Sophomores Trevor Allen and Teddy Nicholson each scored two goals but 17th-ranked UC Davis was unable to overcome an early deficit, falling by a 16-7 final to No. 6 Pacific in a non-conference men's water polo game At Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex Friday night.
The Aggies slip to 11-8 for the year.
Both Allen and Nicholson netted goals as part of UC Davis' four-goal final quarter. However, Tiger sophomore Alex Obert had pocketed five goals in the first half to give Pacific an 11-3 edge. Chris Richardson, Anders MacCarthy and Colin Hicks each had a goal to round out the Aggie offensive output, while Balasza Erdelyi hit five goals to match Obert for the Tiger scoring lead.
Obert scored twice in a 4-0 Pacific run through the first 4:24 of the contest. Nicholson ended the UC Davis drought with a natural goal with 3:31 left in the first, only to have Erdelyi answer just 10 seconds later to craft a 5-1 Tiger lead through the first. Richardson and Allen posted goals to trim the deficit to three just two minutes in the second quarter. But Pacific responded with nine unanswered goals - five prior to halftime and four more in the scoreless third - to stretch its lead to 15-3.
MacCarthy opened the fourth with his lone goal, Nicholson hit his second with 2:16 left, Hicks converted a 6-on-5 chance with 1:20 remaining and Allen struck with 11 ticks to complete the four-goal Aggie fourth. Junior Tony Dito posted eight saves for the game, including three in that final quarter.
UC Davis hosts its Alumni Game as part of the university's Homecoming Saturday, then hosts No. 3 UCLA for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday.
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GOALS - UC Davis: Teddy Nicholson 2, Trevor Allen 2, Chris Richardson 1, Anders MacCarthy 1, Colin Hicks 1. Pacific: Alex Obert 5, Balasz Erdelyi 5, Kevin Oliveira 3, Aleksander Petrovic 2, Sean Grady 1.
GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Tony Dito 8 (32:00). Pacific: Alex Malkis 12 (24:00), Chris Hughes 2 (8:00).