Martel, Anderson score hat tricks as Aggies roll past FPU

Oct. 28, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - Junior attacker Marcus Anderson and sophomore center Eric Martel each scored hat tricks as No. 9 UC Davis set a program record for margin of victory in a 24-2 Western Water Polo Association men's victory against Fresno Pacific at Schaal Aquatics Center Saturday.

The Aggies improve to 17-5 for the year and 5-0 in WWPA games. The Sunbirds fall to 6-15 overall and 0-5 in conference.

Anderson also had four assists and a steal to lead a balanced UC Davis offense. In addition to the three by Anderson and Martel, Morgan Olson-Fabbro, Ido Goldschmidt, Keenan Anderson, Max Somple, Brock Gordon and Colter Knight each netted a pair of tallies. Junior R.J. Quigley and freshman Jonah Addington platooned at goalkeeper, each recording three saves. Quigley also came up with a steal while Addington notched an assist on a long outlet pass to Martel.

The game also served as a home finale for three UC Davis seniors: Olson-Fabbro, utility Cory Laidig and attacker Spencer Galli. Laidig hit a five-meter penalty late in the first quarter, Olson-Fabbro also had an assist to supplement his goals, while Galli led all players with four steals each. 

UC Davis never trailed in the contest. Martel scored back-to-back goals to kick off the game as part of a 4-0 Aggie start. FPU's Lazar Raca and Uros Pelemis each scored, the latter on a power play, to bring the margin to 5-2 with two minutes left in the first quarter. However, the Aggies scored two more to make it 7-2 at the first break, as part of a run of 19 unanswered. UC Davis led 11-2 at halftime, increased the lead to 16-2 through three, then put up eight in the finale.

The previous record for margin of victory came in a 23-4 win over George Washington at the 2016 Santa Clara Rodeo tournament. The 24 total goals is tied for second in the recorded history of the program, trailing only the school-record 25 during a September 4, 1993 home game with Loyola Marymount. School records date back to the 1993 season.

The Aggies return to action for a WWPA road trip at Loyola Marymount (Thursday) and UC San Diego (Saturday) next week.

Fresno Pacific (6-15, 0-5) 2 0 0 0 - 2
No. 9 UC Davis (17-5, 5-0) 7 4 5 8 - 24

GOALS - FPU: Lazar Raca 1, Uros Pelemis 1. UC DAVIS: Eric Martel 3, Marcus Anderson 3, Morgan Olson-Fabbro 2, Ido Goldschimdt 2, Keenan Anderson 2, Max Somple 2, Brock Gordon 2, Colter Knight 2, Nick Coufal 1, Yurii Hanley 1, Cory Laidig 1, Holden Tamblyn 1, Riley Venne 1, Jack Stafford 1.

GOALIE SAVES - FPU: Josh Ramage 5 (24:00), Joseph Costa 2 (8:00). UC DAVIS: R.J. Quigley 3 (16:00), Jonah Addington 3 (16:00).

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.

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