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Spartans Pushed Hard Against Top-10 Teams At Aggie RoundUp

#8 Laszlo Szieben scored four goals in the Spartans' two matches.

Aggie RoundUp men's water polo tournament
Schaal Aquatics Center, Davis, Calif.
September 17, 2021


Match #2 Score by Quarters Total
No. 11 San Jose State (2-5) 2-1-1-1 5
No. 1 USC (6-0)  3-3-4-2 12
Goal scoring
San Jose State – Mark Kis, Laszlo Szieben, Neal Arnett, Niels Hofmeijer, Itay Nemet, 1, each.
USC – Jake Ehrhardt, 4; Hannes Daube, Marcus Longdon, 2, each; Carson Kranz, Jacob Mercep, Tom McGuire, Wyatt Barker, 1, each.
Goalkeeper saves
San Jose State – Yahav Fire (30:00), 12; Jamie Steingraf (2:00), 1.
USC – Nic Porter, 8.
San Jose State, 14.
USC, 12.
Match #4 Score by Periods Total
No. 11 San Jose State (2-6)  4-2-1-2-1-0-0 10
No. 8 UC Davis (7-0) 2-3-3-1-0-1-1 11
Goal scoring
San Jose State – Bende Pardi, 4; Laszlo Szieben, 3; Adam Bado, 2; Tomasso Ramacciotti, 1.
UC Davis – Nik Gross, 4; Hal Goutier, 2; Ben Fleming, Spencer Towill, Aleix Aznar Beltran, Aaron Voggenthaler, Michael Plastino, 1 each.
Goalkeeper saves
San Jose State – Yahav Fire, 15.
UC Davis – Duncan Creed, 5.
San Jose State, 16.
UC Davis, 14.

Davis, Calif.----- San José State University came into the first day of three of the Aggie RoundUp men's water polo tournament playing two of the top-eight teams nationally according to the September 15 Collegiate Water Polo Association's weekly coaches poll.
            The Spartans were looking to pick up their first win of the season against either No. 1-ranked USC (6-0) or No. 8-UC Davis (7-0). A week ago, UC Davis edged San Jose State, 10-7, in a match the Aggies had more control throughout the match.
            USC had scored at least 16 goals in every match and had found the cage for three wins scoring 20-plus goals and a triumph over nationally-ranked Pepperdine, 22-7.
            San Jose State (2-6) trailed the Trojans, 3-2, after a quarter and still was in the match at 6-3 at halftime before USC pulled away for a 12-5 victory. Jake Ehrhardt led all players in scoring with four. Niels Hofmeijer was one of five Spartan scorers and gave San Jose State its only lead of the match with a goal at 6:22 of the first period.
            Yahav Fire did all he could in goal for the first 30 minutes to keep the Spartans as close as possible. Fire doused 12 USC attempts to add on to the score.
            Fire and his teammates were even better in the nightcap seeking to avenge a 10-7 loss to No. 8 UC Davis (7-0) from a week ago.
            The Spartans took the Aggies into a sudden victory situation before Michael Plastino of UC Davis fired a shot past Fire's left side for a 11-10 win over San José State.
            The Spartans held a pair of two-goal leads at 4-2 in the second quarter and 7-5 in the third, but the Aggies always stayed close. UC Davis' Nik Gross sent the match into a pair of 3:00 overtime periods with his fourth goal of the match with 0:02 remaining in regulation play. The teams were tied six times and there were six lead changes before overtime.
            Adam Bado, who scored twice for San Jose State, gave the Spartans a 10-9 lead with 1:42 to go in the first overtime. UC Davis' Spencer Towill tied the score at 10-10 with a power play goal of a rebound situation in the second overtime at the 1:31 mark.
            San Jose State won the sprint to begin the sudden victory period, but committed a turnover on its only possession before Plastino's game-winner for UC Davis.
            Fire turned away 15 of the 26 shots he faced. UC Davis goalkeeper Duncan Creed stopped five of the 15 shots in front of him.
            San Jose State only has one match on the second day of the Aggie RoundUp taking on No. 4 California, at 2:30 p.m. A live stream of the match is available.