Pacific Powers Past UC Davis In First Night Game
Under Kjeldsen Pool's brand new lights, the No. 6 Pacific men's water polo team put on a show in the program's first-ever night game, topping rival UC Davis, 16-7, Friday, Oct. 5. The Tigers improve to 8-5 with the win while the 17th-ranked Aggies now sit at 11-8 on the year.
Junior Balazs Erdelyi and sophomore Alex Obert scored five goals apiece to lead all scorers. For Obert, the five scores tied his career high that he set last weekend at the SoCal Tournament. Junior Kevin Oliveira added three goals, good for his career hat trick.
Pacific wasted little time in the early going, getting its first goal just 20 seconds into the match courtesy of Erdelyi. Obert scored the Tigers' next two goals before sophomore Sean Grady finished a power play, putting Pacific up 4-0 midway through the first quarter. The Aggies answered one minute later but Erdelyi's second goal of the game gave the Tigers a 5-1 lead at the end of the first.
The second quarter was much the same as the first as Erdelyi gave the Tigers a 6-1 lead at the 7:15 mark for his third goal of the game. UC Davis responded with a pair of scores, but Obert ripped off three consecutive goals spanning just one minute to put Pacific on top, 9-3, with four minutes left in the quarter. Goals from freshman Aleksandar Petrovic and Oliveira gave the Tigers an 11-3 lead heading into intermission.
Pacific extended its lead to as much as 11 goals thanks to three straight scores to open the third quarter, one each from Oliveira, Petrovic and Erdelyi. Erdelyi would tack on his fifth goal of the match as UC Davis was held scoreless in the frame, giving the Tigers a 15-3 advantage with one quarter left to play.
The Aggies would score four times in the final quarter, but the deficit proved to great as Pacific cruised to victory.
UC Davis got a pair of goals from Teddy Nicholson and Trevor Allen. Goalkeeper Tony Dito blocked eight shots in a complete-game effort.
Pacific is back in action next Friday, Oct. 12, when it hosts Santa Clara. The match is set to get underway at 7 p.m.
No. 6 Pacific 16, No. 17 UC Davis 7
UC Davis 1 - 2 - 0 - 4 -- 7
Pacific 5 - 6 - 4 - 1 -- 16
UC Davis - Allen 2, Nicholson 2, Hicks, A. MacCarthy, Richardson
Pacific - Erdelyi 5, Obert 5, Oliveira 3, Petrovic 2, Grady 1
UC Davis - Dito 8
Pacific - Malkis 12, Hughes 2