No. 10 Aggies back in action for WWPA pair

Oct. 11, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - One of the largest UC Davis men’s water polo reunions, spanning more than five decades of Aggie players and coaches, converged for an alumni weekend last Friday and Saturday. According to Daniel Leyson, the Child And Meisel Families Director of Men’s Water Polo, the event was a positive experience for both past and present Aggies. The alumni reconnected with the current program, while the current players gained an appreciation for their program’s history.

With a successful alumni gathering and the bye weekend from competition now in the books, 10th-ranked UC Davis looks to kick off the second half of the season with home Western Water Polo Association games against Santa Clara (Saturday) and Concordia (Sunday).

“Now it’s back to work. Hopefully, our guys are recharged and now we can continue getting better,” Leyson said.

Although a weekend off from games and an alumni gathering may seem like respite, the Aggies did not slow down their focus. In fact, said Leyson, the team worked harder in the bye week than it had since the preseason, mostly since the tournament grind put constraints on the schedule.

“We could change the focus of the training, or train in a different way in preparation for the stretch run. I think it was very valuable,” said Leyson. “Hopefully, having our guys reset mentally after a tough September can help. We have very tough conference games coming up, plus the Julian Fraser tournament. Those are some really hard games. We have five or six weeks left and we want to be sharp going down the stretch.”

UC Davis closed out its September slate with the 21-13 conference win at Air Force back on September 30, a victory that extended the program’s streak of conference wins to 17. Senior Spencer Galli scored four goals while Ido Goldschmidt, Colter Knight, Holden Tamblyn and Marcus Anderson each netted three. The Aggies also converted 8 of 12 of their power-play opportunities. 

Goldschmidt, who leads UC Davis in both goals (28) and assists (20), ranks T5th in the conference in total points (48). He also surpassed Matt Richardson (98 from 2007-10) for the career record in assists, entering the upcoming weekend with 101. The managerial economics major from Herzliya, Israel tallied four against AFA to overtake Richardson for the school benchmark. UC Davis assists records date back to 2004.

SANTA CLARA (4-7, 0-1) also held its alumni game on Saturday, three days after suffering a 21-9 loss to Cal. Senior driver John Raineri leads the Broncos with 15 goals, with utility DeMarco Orella close behind with 13 goals and 12 assists. The conference’s newest member, CONCORDIA (7-7, 1-2), picked up its first-ever WWPA win with a 12-10 victory at SCU back on September 30. The Eagles lost two one-goal games at Cal Lutheran and Claremont-Mudd-Scrippts at the Gary Troyer Tourney last weekend, and will face Fresno Pacific this Saturday before making the drive to Davis for Sunday’s game. Junior attacker Angel Rojas leads CUI with 33 goals while freshman Patrick Zsiros has 24.

Live stats for both games are available at The team runs a live video stream, which will be linked to its Facebook page shortly before the first sprint. Each contest takes place at noon at Schaal Aquatics Center.

SKIP SHOTS: The five hat tricks scored against Air Force – Galli (4), Goldschmidt (3), Tamblyn (3), Knight (3) and Marcus Anderson (3) – are the most in any single game during the recorded era of the program (such information dates back to 1996)... Even the 23-4 win over George Washington last year and the 24-12 victory over UC Santa Cruz in 1996 only had four players with at least three goals.

ABOUT UC DAVIS: 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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