STOCKTON, Calif. - The men's water polo team (10-10, 3-1) look to finish their regular season out strong this upcoming weekend with back-to-back matches against San Jose State (6-17, 0-4) and UC Davis (15-7, 6-1).
The Tigers remain locked in a three-way tie for first place with No. 5 UC Santa Barbara and No. 8 Pepperdine, both of which stand at 3-1 in conference. Pacific holds the tiebreaker over both teams and must win out in their final GCC bout this Saturday against SJSU in order to ensure themselves of their second consecutive GCC title.
This Saturday also serves as Senior Day for fellow senior Lucas Hastie. The Orange and Black will be honoring the Fair Oaks, CA native prior to the match.
Match Day Info:
No. 7 Pacific (10-10, 3-1) vs. San Jose State (6-16, 0-4) | Saturday, November 10th, | 12:00 PM PST
Location: Chris Kjeldsen Pool
Weather: 71 ℉. Mostly sunny. Winds NNW at 5 mph.
No. 7 Pacific (10-10, 3-1) vs. No. 10 UC Davis (15-7, 6-1) | Sunday, November 11th, | 1:00 PM PST
Location: Schaal Aquatics Center
Weather: 70 ℉. Sunny. Winds N at 12 mph.
Last Time Out:
- The Tigers suffered a heartbreaking 14-13 loss to Long Beach State last Friday. In a valiant double-overtime affair, the Orange and Black assembled a five-point fourth period to fall just inches away from a victory being outscored 2-1 in two overtime frames.
- Five Tigers scored two or more goals in the match, including Luke Pavillard with a game-high of four. Pavillard has tallied in four or more goals in two of the last three matches for Pacific.
- 30 exclusions were drawn between both teams in the match, 11 of which came during the two overtimes.
Name A Better Duo:
- Engin Ege Colak and Luke Pavillard continue to find themselves as Pacific's go-to-guys on offense.
- The two attackers rank second and fourth in conference repsectively in goals scored with 64 and 57. Both players also rank in the top five in the GCC in total points with Pavillard leading the GCC with 89.
- Andrea De Nardi has found a steady groove around the net. The France native knocked in a pair of scores and assists in the Tigers' match against the Beach, marking a season-high for the junior attacker with four points last weekend.
- Luis Araya has made an impact in multiple facets for the Tigers tallying 36 goals and tallying a conference-leading 38 assists for a total of 70 points this season.
- Araya holds the longest streak with a goal scored this season for the Tigers with 11 consecutive matches.
- The junior from Stockton, CA has already eclipsed his season highs in both goals and assists needs one more goal (99) to break the 100 mark for his career.
- Jonathan Cooper has become a constant for the Tigers' offense as the freshman attacker has found the back of the net in four of the last five of UOP's matches.
- The Irvine, Calif. native has scored four goals in total during this stretch for the Tigers, including a a career-high two goals in their contest against Stanford (Oct. 21).
- Eli Lule has distributed the ball well for his teammates this season. The redshirt sophomore ranks third on the team with 18 assists.
Scouting the Opponent:
San Jose State (6-16, 0-4):
- San Jose State is currently on a five game losing streak coming off losses to Pepperdine and Long Beach State last weekend. SJSU is 0-6 on the road.
- The Spartans post an even-keeled offense with six players scoring 15+ goals or more this season.
- Justin Pickering leads the Spartans with 30 goals on the year along with a shooting percentage of .448.
- The Tigers are 10-4 in matches against the Spartans. Pacific went 2-0 last season versus SJSU taking a 23-12 victory and 21-16 victory.
UC Davis (15-7, 6-1):
- The Aggies are coming off a weekend split with a win against LMU and loss to UC San Diego this past week.
- Ido Goldschmidt and Marcus Anderson will look to carry the load for Davis both leading the team in goals with 43 and 38 a piece. The two have accounted for 122 points in total for the Aggies.
- Jack Stafford will also be a player to look out for on Sunday, recording 32 goals and a team-best 32 assists on the season.
- The Tigers are 43-22 all-time in series matchups against the Aggies. The Orange and Black had arguably their biggest win against Davis this past year in the NCAA Quarterfinal taking the match by a final score of 13-12.