Pacific MWP: Tigers Shutout Aggies in Second Half, Defeat No. 11 UC Davis 8-3
After a slow start in the first quarter, Pacific's water polo team defeated No. 11 UC Davis, 8-3. With the win the Tigers improved to 9-4 on the season.
In the first frame UC Davis jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 5:45 point on a 6-on-5 situation. Then at the 5:29 spot Pacific's Balazs Erdelyi (Eger Hungary) had the opportunity to tie the game at one all on a five-meter penalty shot but the goalkeeper for the UC Davis came up with a critical block to preserve the Aggie one point advantage. With 2:02 remaining in the quarter UC Davis tallied a goal to jump out to a 2-0 lead.
At 7:17 mark in the second frame sophomore Goran Tomasevic (Split, Croatia) put the Tigers within one of Aggies with his first goal of the contest on a five-meter penalty shot. Senior Joey Gullikson (Sonoma, Calif.) then found the back of the net at the 3:02 spot to tie the game at 2-2. Freshman Alex Malkis (Yoqneam, Israel) kept the game tied at 2-2 at the 2:17 mark when he blocked a near side shot from the Aggies. With :01 left on the clock Tomasevic tallied his second goal of the quarter to give the Tigers their first lead of the game.
With the 3-2 lead heading into the third frame, Pacific expanded its lead to two when junior Tyler Reardon (Oak Park, Calif.) found the back of the net at the 6:35 point. UC Davis' Colin Hicks cut Pacific's lead to one at the 4:05 mark when he tallied a goal on a five-meter shot, but junior Tom Koning (Poway, Calif.) countered at the :53 point to make it a 5-3 game.
In the final frame Erdelyi scored a goal with 6:45 on the clock to give the Tigers the three point advantage. Pacific then took the 7-3 lead at the 5:33 mark when Koning scored his second goal of the contest on a skip shot. The Tigers sealed the victory with 3:53 remaining in regulation when junior Lance Morrison (Fairfield, Calif.) notched a goal on an assist from sophomore Balazs Szabo (Budapest, Hungary).
Pacific was led by junior Tom Koning (Poway, Calif.) and freshman Goran Tomasevic (Split, Croatia) who tallied two goals apiece for Pacific.
The Tigers return home on Sunday, October 10 to take on No. 2 UCLA at 12 pm in the 2010 home opener.
Pacific: Tomasevic 2, Koning 2, Erdelyi, Gullikson, Morrison, Reardon
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
No. 7 Pacific 0 3 2 3 8
No. 11 UC Davis 2 1 0 0 3