STOCKTON, Calif. - Aggie senior utility Cory Laidig scored three goals with a drawn exclusion while freshman goalkeeper Jonah Addington posted six saves and three steals in his second-half relief work, but No. 5 Pacific held off No. 9 UC Davis by a 13-10 final in men's collegiate water polo action at Kjeldsen Pool Saturday night.The Aggies fall to 19-6 for the season. The Tigers improve to 17-5 overall. Laidig was one of eight scorers for UC Davis. Nick Coufal, Morgan Olson-Fabbro, Riley Venne, Ido Goldschmidt, Jack Stafford, Spencer Galli and Colter Knight each had one tally. Junior R.J. Quigley started in net for the Aggies, posting three saves and three steals. Addington then took over the net-minding chores for the second half, holding Pacific to just four goals in that span. Pacific scored four unanswered in the first quarter, then made it five straight on Engin Ege Colak's hat trick goal with 6:52 left in the second. The Aggies eventually scraped back to within a 6-3 margin midway through the second quarter. Ben Stevenson scored back-to-back to extend the Tiger edge back to 8-3, then the two teams traded blows to keep the margin at 9-4 at the break. Knight converted a power play and Laidig netted two late scores in the second half, but UC Davis never reduced the deficit by fewer than three goals after the break. The Aggies head to the Western Water Polo Association championship tournament as the top seed. They will open the weekend against eighth-seeded Fresno Pacific at 11 a.m. on Friday. UC San Diego hosts this year's event at the Canyonview Aquatic Center. UC Davis captured last year's conference title, its first since 1997.
|No. 9 UC Davis (19-6)||0||4||2||4||-||10|
|No. 5 Pacific (17-5)||4||5||2||2||-||13|
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