Laidig leads six Aggies on All-WWPA rolls

Nov. 15, 2017

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior utility Cory Laidig captured 2017 Player of the Year accolades to lead a delegation of six UC Davis honorees on the All-Western Water Polo Association men’s awards, announced Wednesday afternoon. Laidig joined 2016 Player of the Year Ido Goldschmidt on the all-conference first team, while juniors Marcus Anderson and R.J. Quigley on the second team. Senior Spencer Galli captured honorable mention, and attacker Jack Stafford made the All-Freshman squad.

Laidig becomes the third consecutive Aggie and the fifth overall to be named Player of the Year. Goldschmidt captured it last year, Sean Grab in 2015, Bernie Rogers in 2013 and Mike McGee in 2007. A psychology major from West Hills, Calif., and Agoura High School, Laidig enters the upcoming WWPA tournament with 23 goals, 18 assists, 33 steals and 10 field blocks. Although not generally known for his scoring contributions, he tallied hat tricks in the final regular-season games against No. 12 UC San Diego and No. 5 Pacific.

Laidig is also the first player to earn both Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year acclaim since Loyola Marymount’s Edgaras Asajavicius, who won those respective awards in 2008 and 2011. Laidig won All-WWPA honorable mention as a junior in 2016.

Goldschmidt, a utility and managerial economics major from Herzliya, Israel, garners his third all-conference after making the second team in 2015 and the first team last year. He leads UC Davis in both goals (54) and assists (37), and has scored at least one goal in 24 of the team’s 25 games this season. The 2016 third-team ACWPC All-American shot 18-for-32 with 11 assists and 11 steals in the seven WWPA contests this year.

Anderson, an attacker and managerial economics major from San Anselmo, Calif, made the All-WWPA second team last year. He ranks second on the Aggies with 43 goals while his 29 assists is tied for second with sophomore Yurii Hanley. Anderson has six hat tricks on the year, including a season-best five against Harvard at the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament.

Galli, an attacker, human development major and former Drake High teammate of Anderson’s, picks up his first All-WWPA award. Always known for his sprinting and his counterattacking ability, Galli enjoyed new heights as a scorer in 2017. He scored 30 goals, with hat tricks against Cal Baptist, Wagner and Fresno Pacific, along with 11 assists and 27 steals.

Quigley, who hails from Greenwich, Connecticut, went from a reserve goalkeeper who had played in just nine games in his two previous seasons to the veteran member of a platoon with freshman Jonah Addington. Quigley enters the upcoming weekend with 98 saves, 13 assists and 19 steals in 462 minutes in front of the cage. He enjoyed his best game of the year against then-No. 15 Harvard in the Fraser Memorial, totaling 11 saves with three steals in the team’s 16-7 win.

Stafford, an attacker and economics major from Santa Rosa, leads an Aggie redshirt freshman nucleus that has made significant contributions in 2017. He enters the WWPA tournament with 20 goals, 11 assists, 12 steals, 24 drawn exclusions and six blocked shots. 

UC San Diego’s Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt earned WWPA Freshman of the Year acclaim. The WWPA Coach of the Year award is announced after the NCAA Championship in early December. All awards are determined by coaches’ vote.

UC Davis begins its quest to defend the WWPA championship on Friday against Fresno Pacific. The 19-6 Aggies earned the top seed in the tournament due to their 7-0 WWPA record.

UC San Diego Triton Pool

Cory Laidig, UC Davis

Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, UC San Diego

Cory Laidig, UC Davis
Arman Momdzhyan, UC San Diego
Jonny Lotero, Cal Baptist
Ido Goldschmidt, UC Davis
Angel Rojas, Concordia
Riley Thomas, Air Force
Sam Thompson, UC San Diego

Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, UC San Diego
Tanner Shore, Cal Baptist
Matt Braun, Loyola Marymount
DeMarco Orella, Santa Clara
Marcus Anderson, UC Davis
Garrett Fisk, Air Force
R.J. Quigley, UC Davis
Alfredo De La Mora, Concordia

Skyler Munatones, UC San Diego
Kyle Eoff, Fresno Pacific
Spencer Hosch, Concordia
Dominick Nevarez, Cal Baptist
Spencer Galli, UC Davis
Justin Harrison, Air Force
Gabe Thorne, Cal Baptist

Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, UC San Diego
Jack Stafford, UC Davis
Alessio Brunochelli, Loyola Marymount
Patrick Zsiros, Concordia
Joseph Galgani, Cal Baptist
Jack Rottman, Santa Clara
James Burke, Air Force

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