Martel scores career high, No. 9 Aggies win two

Eric Martel's previous best of four goals was set on October 22, 2016 against Wagner. (Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
Oct. 21, 2017

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Sophomore center Eric Martel scored five goals to lead ninth-ranked UC Davis to a 16-8 win over No. 12 St. Francis, while senior Spencer Galli netted two goals in each end of a Saturday doubleheader at the Julian Fraser Memorial men’s water polo tournament, hosted by Santa Clara. The Aggies also captured a 14-7 win over unranked Wagner to finish the session.

UC Davis wins its fifth straight contest to improve to 14-5 for the year.

Martel’s five goals marks the first hat trick of the season. The previous high for the chemical engineering student from Abbotsford, British Columbia was four, set exactly one year ago against Wagner. Galli was the only player to hit multiple goals in each of the Aggies’ two Saturday wins.

This is the first year of the Julian Fraser Memorial, named for the former SCU All-Academic performer who passed away to cancer in February. The annual October tournament was formerly known as the Rodeo.

Martel’s five goals led 10 UC Davis scorers in an eight-goal win over the Terriers in Saturday’s morning matchup. Galli and redshirt freshman Jack Stafford each hit two, while Riley Venne, Yurii Hanley, Holden Tamblyn, Morgan Olson-Fabbro, Colter Knight, Marcus Anderson and Ido Goldschmidt each chipped in one tally.

After allowing SFC to draw first blood in the first quarter, UC Davis rolled off five unanswered during a stretch of 10 minutes to craft a 5-1 first half lead. The Aggies exploded from their 7-4 halftime lead with six scores in the third, including power-play conversions by Martel and Knight.

Galli, Tamblyn and senior Cory Laidig each scored two to help the Aggies pull away from an early battle with the Seahawks. The two teams locked up for a 2-2 tie late in the first, before Venne and Galli scored in succession to give UC Davis a 4-2 edge. Laidig found the back of the net in each of the second and third quarters as part of a 4-0 run that put the Aggies up by an 8-3 margin early in the third.

Three Wagner goals closed the gap to just 9-6 with 1:13 left in the third, but Stafford converted a power play and redshirt freshman Kyle Reilly added another goal with 10 ticks remaining in the period. UC Davis ultimately scored five of the last six goals of the game during the final nine minutes to keep the game out of reach.

Venne, Hanley, Tamblyn, Olson-Fabbro, Knight, Goldschmidt and junior Marcus Anderson each had a goal in the win over Wagner.

UC Davis concludes its weekend in the Bay Area with games against No. 15 Harvard and No. 16 Bucknell on Sunday. Portions of the Julian Fraser Memorial, including the Aggies-Crimson matchup, will take place at nearby West Valley College.

Sullivan Aquatics Center (Santa Clara)

No. 12 Saint Francis 1 3 4 1 - 8
No. 9 UC Davis 2 5 6 3 - 16

GOALS - SFC: Botond Kadar 2, William Lapkin 2, Nikita Prokhin 2, Jonas Veazey 1. UC DAVIS: Eric Martel 5, Spencer Galli 2, Jack Stafford 2, Riley Venne 1, Yurii Hanley 1, Holden Tamblyn 1, Morgan Olson-Fabbro 1, Colter Knight 1, Marcus Anderson 1, Ido Goldschmidt 1. 

Wagner 3 0 3 1 - 7
No. 9 UC Davis 4 2 5 3 - 14

GOALS - WC: Ciaran Wolohan 3, Teo Dadic 2, Jasmin Kolasinac 1, Matthew Miller 1. UC DAVIS: Spencer Galli 2, Cory Laidig 2, Holden Tamblyn 2, Eric Martel 1, Riley Venne 1, Morgan Olson-Fabbro 1, Max Somple 1, Jack Stafford 1, Kyle Reilly 1, Ido Goldschmidt 1, Yurii Hanley 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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