Nov. 13, 2004
STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific men's water polo team snapped its ten-game losing streak by shutting out UC Davis in two quarters on their way to a 9-5 win over the Aggies today at Chris Kjeldsen Pool.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 16-14 on the season while the Tigers improve to 6-17.
UC Davis opened up a 2-0 lead on goals by Tom Jay and Kevin Bacharach, but the Tigers responded by scoring seven of the next eight goals to take a 7-3 lead midway through the third period. Pacific took control of the game in the second quarter as they shut out UC Davis. The Tigers took the lead for good at 4-3 on freshman Dragan Bakic's second goal of the game with 2:12 to go in the quarter. Pacific tacked on one more goal from junior Adam Zobler to go into halftime up 5-3.
Pacific continued its solid play in the second half, moving the lead out to four, 7-3, with 2:17 to go in the third quarter when sophomore Kenny Yamamoto netted his second goal of the game. The Aggies tried to come back, scoring two goals, both by David Welch, at the end of the third quarter making it 7-5. The Tigers maintained their two goal lead the rest of the way and shut down the Aggies in the fourth quarter for the 9-5 win. Pacific was led by Bakic's three goals, while Yamamoto and Zobler each tallied two goals apiece.
UC Davis was paced by Welch's two goals, while goalie Mike McGee came up with 14 saves.
UC Davis is next in action on Thursday when it hosts the Western Water Polo Association Championships at Schaal Aquatics Center. Matches run all day Thursday-Saturday.
UC DAVIS MEN'S WATER POLO
No.13 UC Davis (16-14) 3 0 2 0 - 5
No.15 Pacific (6-17) 3 2 2 2 - 9
UC Davis Goals: David Welch 2, Patrick Jacobson, Kevin Bacharach, Tom Jay.
UC Davis Saves: Mike McGee 14.
Pacific Goals: Dragan Bakic 3, Adam Zobler 2, Kenny Yamamoto 2, Matt Mitchell, C. McLaughlin.
Pacific Saves: Marco Popovich 7.