UCSB Takes Down Aggies, 12-9

Reed Cotterill (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Reed Cotterill (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. In a matchup of two Top-10 teams on Sunday afternoon, the No. 7 UCSB men's water polo team topped the No. 9 UC Davis Aggies by a score of 12-9 on the final day of the Mountain Pacific Invitational at Burns Recreation Center.

Two quick goals from sophomores Adam Lott and Brannan Haket gave UCSB an early lead. The Aggies were within one for much of the second quarter, but unanswered goals from Reed Cotterill and Haket gave the Gauchos a 7-4 lead going into halftime. 

The Gauchos defense stepped up in a big way in the third quarter, holding UC Davis to just one goal. Jacob Halle scored two goals midway through the third to give UCSB a five goal lead and help the team pull ahead 10-5 before the fourth quarter.

The Aggies made a comeback attempt early in the fourth, but a late goal from Shane Hauschild helped ice the game for the Gauchos, finishing with a final score of 12-9. 

UCSB saw seven players score throughout the game, while five of them contributed two goals to the victory. Justyn Barrios anchored the defense, recording nine saves and one steal from the cage. 

With the win, the Gauchos claimed ninth place at the prestigious tournament, whose participants included all ten teams ranked in the top-10 of the most recent CWPA rankings.

After a big weekend that saw the team play four games in three days, UCSB (8-4) gets a little break before taking on No. 1 Cal next Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Campus Pool.

 

UC Santa Barbara 12, UC Davis 9

 

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UC Davis

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9

UC Santa Barbara

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12

UCD Goals: Goldschmidt 4, Laidig 1, Coufal 1, Hanley 1, Reilly 1, M. Anderson 1

UCD Saves: Addington 4
 

UCSB Goals: Halle 2, Haket 2, Hauschild 2, Cotterill 2, Lott 2, Jovanovic 1, Spiller 1

UCSB Saves: Barrios 9