Tigers Drop Regular Season Finale At Davis

Tigers Drop Regular Season Finale At Davis

DAVIS, Calif. - The men's water polo team dropped their final match of the season to UC Davis, 12-7, on Sunday afternoon at Schaal Aquatics Center. 

A combined seven-goal effort by juniors Luke Pavillard and Engin Ege Colak were not enough as the Tigers fall to an even 11-11 overall, 4-1 in conference.

The Aggies improve to 16-7 and stay at 6-1 in the WWPA. 


In Case You Missed It:

  • UOP would struggle to find a goal early on in the first and second periods shooting 1-12 from the field. Davis held the Tigers scoreless in the first frame and added five in the half to go up 5-1 approaching the break.
  • The Tigers put together a five goal third quarter to pull within contention. Colak and Pavillard would score all five goals in the period with three and two respectively.
  • Despite drawing 14 exclusions on the Aggies, the Orange and Black would only be able to convert 2-12 powerplay drives in the match. UC Davis took advantage and converted on 3-3 of their powerplays.

First Period:

  • Both teams struggled to get things going during the first period. The Tigers would have six drives and four shots on goal be giving up the first score of the match to UCD at the 2:20 mark. 
  • The Aggies would score in the second and final minute of the first to grab a 2-0 lead over UOP.
  • Pacific was unlucky on the offensive end shooting 0-6 from the field in the period.

Second Period:

  • The Tigers had an opportunity at goal following an Aggie exclusion at the 6:15 mark but Luis Araya's shot would be blocked by a Davis defender. The Aggies would push the ball on the following drive and draw an exclusion on Luke Pavillard setting them up for a 5M penalty shot and score to put them up 3-0.
  • Pacific turned things around with two minutes to go in the half as Colak and Pavillard drew two consecutive Aggie exclusions which led to a penalty shot for Pavillard. The Perth, Austrailia native would converton the 5-meter to give his team their first goal of the match, 4-1. 
  • Davis would score an additional goal with :36 to go.
  • Bogdan Djerkovic set himself with a good look at the net but his shot would hit the post and miss the back end as the Tigers went into half.

Third Period:

  • Keeper John Hedges would catch fire during the second half of play. The sophomore made five of his ten saves within the first three minutes of the third period.
  • The Tigers would not give up without a fight as Ege Colak took over and scored three goals (5:07, 4:13, 1:13) in the final four minutes of the period.   
  • Pavillard would follow up his teammate registering two of his own in the at the 3:10 and :36 mark. 
  • Pavillard's last minute-goal would pull the Tigers within three, 9-6, heading into the fourth quarter.

Fourth Period:

  • Pacific came out in full-attack mode in the final frame. After a Luke Pavillard shot and corner throw in, the junior (7:19) would draw his second Aggie exclusion of the day setting up Araya with the 5M penalty shot. Davis' keeper RJ Quigley, however, would end up making the save stalling any Tigers' momentum. 
  • Davis would score on three consecutive possessions to open up the lead, 12-7. 
  • Four Pavillard shots on goal and an additional shot by Colak would conclude the match for the Orange and Black as the Aggies pulled away with the win. 

Notables:

  • Freshman Bogdan Djerkovic set a career-high with four drawn exclusions in the match on Sunday. Colak also matched Djerkovic with four drawn exclusions of his own. The two lead the team with 28 and 29 drawn exclusions this season.
  • Luke Pavillard had a team-best three steals in the Tigers' contest. The junior finishes the weekend with six in total and holds a streak of five matches with a recorded steal. 
  • Hedges was lights out in the cage for the Tigers. The sophomore goal keeper's 10 saves makes that five straight matches with nine or more saves in the contest. Hedges now has 146 on the year to lead the Tigers. 

Up Next For the Tigers:

  • The Tigers await their fate for the upcoming GCC Tournament this upcoming weekend. 
  • The Pacific clinched a first-seeded ranking for the Tournament following their wins against Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara.  
  • Seedings for the 2018 GCC Championships will be announced later today. 

 

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