Oct. 8, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Tom Jay's goal with two minutes, forty five seconds left capped a wild game as UC Davis defeated the University of the Pacific, 7-6, in a men's water polo contest Friday evening at the Schaal Aquatic Center.
With the win the Aggies, which entered the game tied with Pacific at No.14 in the most recent national rankings, improve to 11-9. Pacific falls to 5-9.
The game began roughly 50 minutes late due to malfunctions of both the scoreboard and game clocks. Play began with backup systems in place but three minutes into a scoreless first period, one of the shot clocks blew into the pool as the winds picked up at Schaal. When play was finally restored, Dragan Bakic put the Tigers up 1-0 with a long shot from the right side after Aggie goalie Mike McGee started to leave the cage for what he thought was an ejection.
Bakic's goal was the only score of the period but the Aggies took the lead less than two minutes into the second as back-to-back four-meter ejections on the Tigers gave UC Davis two straight penalty shots. Freshman Michael Long converted both as the Aggies took a 2-1 lead. Matt Turnbull gave the Tigers the tying goal with just under five minutes to play in the half then Bakic hit his second of the game to give Pacific a 3-2 halftime lead.
During halftime order was restored to the scoreboard and game clocks as the Aggies came out in the third with goals by Nicholas Arrigo and Jay to grab a 4-3 lead heading into the final period. Both teams started fast as three goals were scored in the opening minute and a half, the last by Pacific's Julien Gonzalez that tied the game at 5-5. Kevin Bacharach put the Aggies after converting on a nice pass from David Welch, but the lead was short as Andy Skora tied it at 6-6 on the Tiger's next possession.
Following a Pacific ejection, Conor Duignan had a point-black shot that was blocked by Tiger goalie Brian Domacus, one of nine saves on the night for Domacus. Duignan's rebound went right to Jay, who fired a low shot inside the far post for the eventual game-winner.
"Tonight was our first win in Schaal and who will ever forget it," said Aggie head coach Steve Doten. "It was a crazy way to get the win. I felt we had momentum at times but then we gave it right back. We need to work on getting a stop defensively after we score.
"It was a crazy day," he continued. "Shot clocks were falling in the water, the scoreboard didn't work and we had back-to-back four-meter shots. The positive is that we found a way to win the close game and I'm happy about that."
UC Davis returns to the pool next Saturday when it hosts Santa Clara at the Schaal Aquatic Center. Gametime is set for noon.
UC DAVIS MEN'S WATER POLO
No.14 Pacific (5-9) 1 2 0 3 - 6
No.14 UC DAVIS (11-9 ) 0 2 2 3 - 7
UC Davis Goals: Michael Long 2, Tom Jay 2, Patrick Jacobson, Nicholas Arrigo, Kevin Bacharach.
UC Davis Saves: Mike McGee 7.
Pacific Goals: Dragan Bakic 2, Andy Skora, Matt Turnbull, Adam Zobler, Julien Gonzalez.
Pacific Saves: Brian Domacus 9.