BREAST CANCER AWARENESS GAME
The UCSD coaching staff will be wearing PINK in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and early detection. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to Canyonview on Friday night.
2002 CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD
The 2017 season marks the 15th-anniversary of the 2002 men's water polo squad that brought home the 13th Western Water Polo Association title to La Jolla. The 2002 team will be recognized at halftime on Friday.
LET ME IN!
UCSD students are admitted free of charge to any home event. For other fans, tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door at Canyonview Aquatics Center.
• Overall: 7-11
• WWPA: 4-0
• Home: 2-3
• Road: 4-4
• Neutral: 1-4
• Against Ranked Teams: 3-12
• Current Streak: Lost 1
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE 49ERS
UC San Diego is 15-54 all-time against LBSU. The Tritons fell to the 49ers, 10-6, in a regular-season contest at home last season.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE FALCONS
UC San Diego has a commanding 64-15 lead over Air Force in the all-time series. The Tritons defeated the Falcons 15-13 in overtime last season.
A win on Friday would give UCSD its fifth-straight WWPA victory. The Tritons are a perfect 4-0 this season in conference play with wins against Loyola Marymount, Concordia Irvine, Fresno Pacific and California Baptist. UCSD is also on a three-game winning streak.
Three Tritons had hat tricks in last week's 13-8 conference victory over California Baptist, including senior Arman Momdzhyan (three goals), freshman Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt (three) and junior Kevin Asplund (three). Junior Sam Thompson also made 10 stops in goal.
MOMDZHYAN NAMED WWPA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior utility Arman Momdzhyan was named the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 11. Momdzhyan scored a game-high five goals to lead No. 12 UC San Diego to a 12-8 win over league-rival Loyola Marymount. The victory was UCSD’s third of the season against LMU and its third-straight in conference play. With the effort, Momdzhyan earned his seventh hat trick in 2017. The Glendale product finished with a .714 shooting percentage and tallied two steals. This marks Momdzhyan’s second time earning the conference honor after receiving the weekly recognition during the 2016 season.
(as of Oct. 16)
1. UC Davis 4-0, 12-5
2. UC San Diego 3-0, 7-10
3. Concordia 2-2, 8-8
4. Air Force 1-1, 5-10
5. California Baptist 1-1, 16-9
6. Loyola Marymount 1-2, 4-12
7. Santa Clara 0-2, 4-8
8. Fresno Pacific 0-4, 5-11
Four Tritons have combined for 18
Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt (7)
9/2 vs. Chapman (three goals)
9/8 vs. Concordia Irvine (five goals)
9/9 vs. Pepperdine (three goals)
9/16 vs. California (six goals)
9/23 vs. UC Davis (four goals)
9/24 vs. Princeton (four goals)
10/12 vs. California Baptist (three goals)
Arman Momdzhyan (8)
9/8 vs. Concordia Irvine (four goals)
9/9 vs. UC Irvine (three goals)
9/14 vs. Fresno Pacific (six goals)
9/23 vs. Loyola Marymount (four goals)
9/24 vs. Princeton (four goals)
9/27 vs. Loyola Marymount (three goals)
10/6 vs. Loyola Marymount (five goals)
10/12 vs. California Baptist (three goals)
• Goals: Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt and Arman Momdzhyan, 38
• Assists: Skyler Munatones, 14
• Points (Goals + Assists): Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 50
• Steals: Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 27
• Saves: Sam Thompson, 141
7. Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 50
2. Sam Thompson, 132
Freshman Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt wasted no time making an immediate impact on the UCSD roster. The Newport Beach native is tied for first on the roster in goals with 38 and leads the Tritons in steals (27). He has also compiled 12 assists and has scored three or more goals in seven games. On Sept. 16, Turnbow-Lindenstadt produced a career and game-high six goals against No. 1 Cal.
WWPA TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO LA JOLLA
UC San Diego will host the 2017 WWPA Tournament for the first time since 2011. The three-day tournament will take place November 17-19 at Canyonview Aquatic Center. Game times are TBD.
GET TO KNOW THE TRITONS
Denny Harper, the 2016 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division II and Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Coach of the Year began his 38th year at the helm when the men’s water polo team opened its 2017 schedule this weekend by hosting the Triton Invitational. UCSD is coming off a 15-8 season in which it reached the championship game of the WWPA tournament for the sixth year in a row.
The Tritons will have big shoes to fill with the departure of two-time All-American utility Nick Alexander, as well as all-conference utility Andy Moore. UCSD also graduated utility players in Jack Ellinthorpe and Nassim Hmeidan.
UCSD welcomes 11 newcomers, nine being freshmen, to the team and return 16 players including senior All-American utility Arman Momdzhyan (44 goals, 10 assists and 10 steals in 2016), sophomore utility Skyler Munatones (34 goals, 26 assists and 15 steals), junior utility Kevin Asplund (14 goals, 5 assists and 21 steals).
Twenty-six of the 27 Tritons on the roster are California natives, with the exception of junior Alessandro Valania, who hails from Savona, Italy. Local products include Kacper Langiewicz (San Marcos/Mission Hills HS), Rich Farley (Vista/Palomar College/Carlsbad HS), Cooper Milton (San Diego/Cathedral Catholic HS), Collin Sullivan (Escondido/San Pasqual HS), Jack Ranj (San Diego/Westview HS) and Konstantin Karlov (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS).
WHAT THE COACHES THINK
The 12th-ranked Tritons were picked to finish second in the WWPA by the league's head coaches.
2017 WWPA Men’s Water Polo Preseason Coaches' Poll
Institution (First-Place Votes), Points
1. No. 9 UC Davis (5), 47
2. No. 12 UC San Diego (3), 45
T-3. No. 17 Loyola Marymount, 34
T-3. No. 16 California Baptist, 34
5. RV Air Force, 23
6. RV Santa Clara, 21
7. Concordia, 12
8. Fresno Pacific, 8
Junior goalkeeper Jack Turner earned a spot on the USA Men's National Team roster for a four-game series in California against Croatia, June 9-14. Turner was also selected as one of two goalkeepers on the U.S. roster for the 2017 World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan, but was unable to go due to injury.
The Tritons are 29-12 in season openers since the inception of the program in 1977. At the Triton Invitational, UCSD collected its 29th season-opening win with a 14-1 victory over Chapman.
UCSD finished the 2016 season at 15-8 overall, highlighted by a runner-up performance in the WWPA Tournament. The Tritons, seeded second in the tournament with a 5-1 regular-season league record, defeated Fresno Pacific and Loyola Marymount to advance to the WWPA Championship game against UC Davis. UCSD battled with nationally-ranked No. 8 UC Davis but ultimately fell by a score of 12-8.
The Tritons beat seven teams ranked in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 poll throughout the course of the season.
HEAD COACH DENNY HARPER
UCSD head coach Denny Harper is in his 38th season leading the Tritons. He has compiled a career record of 631-464-4. An 18-time WWPA Coach of the Year and 14-time ACWPC National Coach of the Year honoree, Harper has led the Tritons to 18 WWPA titles and 14 appearances in the NCAA Championship. Last season, he was named the ACWPC Division II Coach of the Year, his sixth straight time earning that award.
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UC San Diego welcomes Santa Clara to Canyonview Aquatic Center for a conference tilt Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m.