LA JOLLA, Calif. - Sophomore attacker Yurii Hanley scored four goals while senior utility Cory Laidig added three more, helping ninth-ranked UC Davis escape an early deficit en route to a 15-12 win over No. 12 UC San Diego in the battle of two previously undefeated Western Water Polo Association men's teams at Canyonview Aquatic Center Saturday afternoon.The Aggies improve to 19-5 for the year and finishes the conference season with a perfect 7-0 record, locking up the top seed at the WWPA Championship in two weeks. The Tritons, who host that conference tourney, moves to 9-12 overall and 6-1 in league. Junior Ido Goldschmidt scored two goals while junior goalkeeper R.J. Quigley finished with 10 saves and two steals. UC Davis scored six of its goals on exclusions, of which there were 37 total in the contest. In fact, each team had four players foul out of the contest. Senior Arman Momdzhyan paced all scorers with five goals for the Tritons, with sophomore Skyler Munatones adding two goals and three assists. Although the Aggies drew first blood on a Goldschmidt five-meter penalty shot, they largely played the role of pursuer early in the contest. Cooper Milton drew an exclusion that gave way to Alessandro Valania's power-play goal, then assisted Munatones on another goal to give UCSD a 2-1 lead at 5:22 in the first. Kevin Asplund made it 3-1 for the Tritons with his goal at the three-minute mark in the opener. UC Davis fought back to tie the contest at 3-3 on a Hanley goal in transition, then at 4-4 on the 6-on-5 conversion by sophomore center Eric Martel, but UCSD answered each time. This pattern continued until midway through the second quarter, when sophomore Holden Tamblyn assisted Laidig and Hanley on back-to-back Aggie tallies, putting the guests to a 7-6 lead. Redshirt freshman Jack Stafford hit a penalty goal to make it 8-6 with 3:45 to go, then another rookie, Kyle Reilly, extended that margin to 9-6 with 2:04 remaining. Momdzhyan stopped the run with his exclusion goal on the next possession, but that run put UC Davis up for good. The Aggies led by at least two the rest of the way. Hanley completed his hat trick to extend the Aggie lead to 12-8 at the 3:49 mark in the third quarter, then netted his fourth to start the final frame, keeping UC Davis up by a 13-10 advantage. The WWPA Championship takes place from Nov. 17-19 at UC San Diego. The Aggies finish their regular season the weekend before with a Saturday evening contest at Pacific.
|No. 9 UC Davis (19-5, 7-0)||4||5||3||3||-||15|
|No. 12 UC San Diego (9-12, 6-1)||5||2||3||2||-||12|
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