Aggies Score Two Late Goals To Rally Past Santa Clara, 8-7

Nov. 5, 2004

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Patrick Jacobson scored two fourth quarter goals to rally UC Davis past Santa Clara, 8-7, in a Western Water Polo Association men's water polo match Friday afternoon at Leavey Pool.

With the win the Aggies defeat the Broncos for the third time this season and improve to 16-12 overall, 13-5 in WWPA play. Santa Clara falls to 9-17 on the season.

After a slow first frame, the Broncos found themselves trailing 1-0 heading into the second period. Aggie utility player Conor Duignan gave UC Davis a 2-0 lead before Chris Parolin put the Broncos on the board with 4:25 remaining in the half. The Aggies scored twice before the period was through to give them a 4-1 lead going into halftime.

The Santa Clara offense took over in the third period as the Broncos scored six times in the frame. Patrick Noack and Danny Soares each scored in the first two minutes of the quarter to cut the Aggie lead to one goal. After Duignan added another to put Davis ahead 5-3, Santa Clara rattled off two straight goals to even the match. Kenny Flanagan-De la Hoz scored on a counterattack before Thomas Kelly posted the fifth Bronco goal.

Aggie sophomore David Welch regained the lead for UC Davis with 2:09 left in the period. However, Soares was not through as he added his second and third goals of the period to give the Broncos a 7-6 lead heading into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Jacobson tied the score again at 7-7 only 40 seconds into the period. It looked as if the teams would head to overtime as the score remained knotted until Jacobson once again found the back of the net with 27 seconds left to give the Aggies the win.

UC Davis is next in action on Saturday when it visits UC Berkeley at 10am.


No.13 UC Davis (16-12) 1 3 2 2 - 8
No.19 Santa Clara (9-17) 0 1 6 0 - 7

UC Davis Goals: Patrick Jacobson 3, Conor Duignan 2, David Welch 2, Tom Jay.

Santa Clara Goals: Danny Soares 3, Kenny Flanagan-De la Hoz, Patrick Noack, Thomas Kelly, Chris Parolin