Aggies advance to WWPA title game with 17-8 win

Nov. 18, 2017

LA JOLLA, Calif. - Senior Spencer Galli and junior Ido Goldschmidt each tallied three goals and three assists while center Eric Martel also performed a hat trick, helping No. 8t-ranked and top-seeded UC Davis to a 17-8 win over fifth-seeded Air Force in the first Saturday semifinal of the Western Water Polo Association men's championship tournament at UC San Diego's Canyonview Aquatic Center.

The Aggies improve to 21-6 for the year. The Falcons slip to 8-14 overall.

UC Davis goalkeeper R.J. Quigley stopped a five-meter penalty shot during that stretch, one of his three saves on the day. Freshman Jonah Addington then relieved him in front on the Aggie cage for another three blocks and two steals. Senior Morgan Olson-Fabbro offered a pair of two-meter scores, while Riley Venne, Yurii Hanley, Marcus Anderson, Holden Tamblyn, Kyle Reilly and Jack Stafford each added a goal.

"Overall, we're pleased. Being hypercritical of our program, there is still some stuff I think we need to see if we can do better in tomorrow's final," said Child & Meisel Families Director of Water Polo Daniel Leyson. "I think we did pretty well in certain facets of the game, and that helped us."

Falcon senior center Justin Harrison had three goals while Jack Empey netted a goal and issued two assists.

Martel scored all three of his goals in a 7-1 first-half run for UC Davis, who went from a 3-2 lead with 3:32 left in the first quarter to an 11-4 halftime edge. The Aggies outscored the Falcons by a 3-2 margin in each of the second-half frames to protect the victory.

Overall, UC Davis received at least one goal or assist from 12 different players and converted 5-for-8 on its 6-on-5 chances while limiting the Falcons to just 2-for-8. The Aggies will look to defend their WWPA team title in Sunday's 1 p.m. championship game against the winner of the UC San Diego-Cal Baptist semifinal game.

"I expect our guys to put forth their best effort as possible and to play in the way we know how and in the way we've played all year," said Leyson. "That's about it. We'll try to execute to the best of our abilities. Those are two tough opponents, but we'll be ready."

UC Davis captured last year's WWPA team title, the winner of which earns the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championship.

Canyonview Aquatic Center (La Jolla, Calif.)

No. RV Air Force (8-14) 2 2 2 2 - 8
No. 8t UC Davis (21-6) 5 6 3 3 - 17

GOALS - AFA: Justin Harrison 3, Riley Thomas 1, Jack Empey 1, Michael Miller 1, Edward Smet 1, Ryan Dorris 1. UC DAVIS: Eric Martel 3, Ido Goldschmidt 3, Spencer Galli 3, Morgan Olson-Fabbro 2, Riley Venne 1, Holden Tamblyn 1, Marcus Anderson 1, Yurii Hanley 1, Kyle Reilly 1, Jack Stafford 1. 

GOALIE SAVES - AFA: James Burke 5 (32:00). 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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