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#10 Sam Palano
Position: Forward
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 150
Year: Senior
City/State: Lafayette, CA
High School: Campolindo HS
College: Muir
Major: General Biology
Experience: 3 Letters
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MEDIA
San Diego Union-Tribune (11/30/16)
Triton Q&A (7/13/16)

AS A SENIOR IN 2016
CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team ... NSCAA All-West Region Second Team ... D2CCA All-West Region Second Team ... All-CCAA Second Team ... CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team ... NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... CCAA Tournament Most Valuable Offensive Player and All-Tournament Team ... Two-time UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (9/6 and 11/7) ... Took over the No. 10 shirt for final season ... Put right-footed volley from just inside 18-yard-box into bottom left corner for 68th-minute equalizer before assisting on twin brother Nick's double-overtime winner with only 1:41 left as UCSD rallied for 2-1 triumph vs. Azusa Pacific (9/1) in opener ... Helped set up goal that proved to be decider in 79th minute vs. Westmont (9/3) ... Assisted on Christian Cordell's lone winner in 62nd vs. Colorado Mines (9/8) ... Scored winner 3:30 into overtime to give UCSD first CCAA Tournament title in program history, 2-1 vs. Sonoma State (11/6) in Turlock.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2015
CCAA All-Academic ... CCAA Fall All-Academic ... National STUDENT-Athlete Day honoree. ... Appeared in 13 games, with eight starts as a forward ... Assisted on UCSD's first goal of 2015 in opener at Saint Martin's (9/3) ... Scored lone goal from penalty spot in 83rd minute to secure 2-2 draw at Humboldt State (10/16) ... Season-high two shots at Western Washington (9/5).

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2014
Capital One Academic All-District 8 First Team ... CCAA All-Academic ... CCAA Fall All-Academic ... UCSD Athletics All-Academic Team ... One of six Tritons to appear in all 20 matches, starting eight of them at a forward spot ... Tied for third on the team with seven total points from two goals and three assists ... Fourth in shots (22) and tied for third in shots on goal (12) ... Drew first career start in season opener vs. Saint Martin's (9/4), with first collegiate goal proving to be the game-winner in the 80th minute ... Came off the bench to total three points from one goal and one assist in 4-0 victory vs. Cal State San Marcos (9/14) ... Other two assists came on opener in 2-1 win at Point Loma (9/9), and second-half clincher in 2-0 triumph vs. Cal State East Bay (10/12) ... Converted penalty kick during tiebreaker in first round of NCAA Championship vs. Cal State L.A. (11/13) ... Season-high three shots vs. East Bay and CSULA.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2013
CCAA All-Academic ...Appeared in two matches off the bench ... Made college debut at Cal Poly Pomona (11/1), playing 32 minutes ... Also came on for nine minutes at the end of the first half of CCAA Championship final vs. No. 11 Cal State L.A. (11/10) in Turlock.

CLUB
Competed for Lamorinda Soccer Club, Diablo FC, Walnut Creek Soccer Club and Mustang Soccer Club.

HIGH SCHOOL
A 2012 graduate of Campolindo High School in Moraga ... Four-year varsity soccer player ... Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) and Team MVP as a senior ... All-DFAL First Team as a senior, second team as a junior and honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore ... Cougars won 2011 North Coast Section (NCS) championship with a 20-1-6 overall record ... Compiled 31 goals and 20 assists over prep career, including 15 goals and 12 assists as a senior.

PERSONAL
Born June 16, 1993 in Castro Valley ... Parents are Charlie and Robyn Palano ... Father played soccer at UMass, lettering in 1973 ... Has an older sister named Alyssa ... Identical twin brother, Nick, is also a senior on the 2016 UCSD roster ...  General biology major at Muir College ... Plans to go to dental school and become a dentist like his father after graduating from UC San Diego ... A memorable moment was winning the NCS title as a high school junior in 2011 ... Favorite UCSD moment is eliminating rival Chico State on penalty kicks from the 2013 NCAA Championship ... Enjoys skiing, surfing and golf ... Roots for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Athletics ... Favorite athletes are Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Luka Modric ... Listens to Led Zeppelin ... Loves sushirritos and burritos.

CAREER STATISTICS
Season GP GS MIN G A Pts SHOT SHOT% SOG SOG% GW PK-Att
2013 2 0 41 0 0 0 0 .000 0 .000 0 0-0
2014 20 8 1119 2 3 7 22 .091 12 .545 1 0-0
2015 13 8 473 1 1 3 8 .125 4 .500 0 1-1
Totals 35 16 1633 3 4 10 30 .100 16 .533 1 1-1

GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
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2016 NCAA MSOC FINAL FOUR AD