Oct. 18, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior attacker Balazs Erdelyi scored eight goals while two other Tiger players added four each, leading No. 3 Pacific to a 22-10 win over No. 11 UC Davis in a rare Friday night men's water polo game at Schaal Aquatics Center. For the Aggies, juniors Trevor Allen and Chris Richardson netted two apiece.
UC Davis moves to 7-9 for the season. Pacific improves to 14-2.
Besides Allen and Richardson, the Aggies managed one goal from each of Bernie Rogers, Tyler Elliott, Max Vigeant, Jeff Mayers, Michael Wright and Alex Bagdasarian. Alex Obert and Goran Tomasevic had four goals each for the Tigers while goalkeeper Alex Malkis posted 15 saves.
Allen put UC Davis on the board with a counterattack midway through the first quarter then Richardson fired in a shot from the 3 spot to tie the contest at 2-2 with 3:35 left in the first. However, Pacific responded with a run of five unanswered in that opening frame, including three more out of Erdelyi. The Eger, Hungary native completed a power play, finished on a counterattack and hit a natural from the perimeter to establish a 7-2 lead for the Tigers at the 19-second mark. The Aggies ended the scoreless stretch when Michael Wright delivered an entry pass to Bernie Rogers, who tapped it in for a goal with less than a second remaining. Pacific led, 7-3, at the break.
Allen cut the margin to three goals on another successful counterattack early in the third quarter, but the Tigers responded with a nine-goal run from Tomasevic's two-meter goal with 6:50 left in the third to Erdelyi's bomb from seven meters out at the 2:34 mark in the fourth. Pacific's margin of 16-4 held steady after each team exchanged two goals in a span of 40 seconds, setting the board at 18-6.
Vigeant scored on a fast break in the final seconds on the third quarter then Tyler Elliott assisted Jeff Mayers on a perimeter shot early in the fourth to bring the score to 18-8, but UC Davis never closed the gap to single digits. Kristian Laczkovics scored three goals, all in the final period, to keep the Tigers well ahead.
The 22 goals allowed is the third-most by a UC Davis opponent in the program's recorded history, and the highest total since a 28-3 loss to USC back in 1998.
The Aggies continue a tough weekend with a road game at No. 4 Stanford on Sunday.
|#3 Pacific (14-2)||7||5||6||4||-||22|
|#11 UC Davis (7-9)||3||1||3||3||-||10|
GOALS - Pacific: Balazs Erdelyi 8, Alex Obert 4, Goran Tomasevic 4, Kristian Laczkovics 3, Balazs Szabo 2, Ben Stevenson 1. UC Davis: Trevor Allen 2, Chris Richardson 2, Bernie Rogers 1, Tyler Elliott 1, Max Vigeant 1, Jeff Mayers 1, Michael Wright 1, Alex Bagdasarian 1.
GOALIE SAVES - Pacific: Alex Malkis 15 (32:00). UC Davis: Philip Bates 2 (32:00).