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The Tritons look to capture their 19th WWPA Championship this weekend.
No. 12 Tritons Host WWPA Championship This Weekend in La Jolla
Release: Thursday 11/16/2017 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Game 23
vs. RV Santa Clara (7-15, 2-5 WWPA)
Friday, Nov. 17 • 12:45 p.m.
WWPA Tournament Central
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla 
Live Stats  • Live Video

Game 24
vs. TBD
Saturday, Nov. 18 • TBD
WWPA Tournament Central
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla 
Live Stats  • Live Video

Game 25
vs. TBD
Sunday, Nov. 19 • TBD
WWPA Tournament Central
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla 
Live Stats  • Live Video

The 12th-ranked University of California San Diego men's water polo team will try to win its 19th Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) title at the conference championship tournament in La Jolla. The Tritons will battle Santa Clara in the first round on Friday, Nov. 17 at 12:45 p.m.

The three-day tournament features four games a day, each team is guaranteed to play three games, one each day. The medal rounds and championship game are slated for Sunday, November 19. The tournament champions will earn the WWPA’s automatic NCAA Championship bid. The All-Tournament team and awards presentation will take place following the conclusion of the championship game.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, NOV. 17
Game 1: #1 UC Davis vs. #8 Fresno Pacific - 11:00 a.m.
Game 2: #2 UC San Diego vs. #7 Santa Clara - 12:45 p.m.
Game 3: #3 Cal Baptist vs. #6 Loyola Marymount - 4:00 p.m.
Game 4: #4 Concordia vs. #5 Air Force - 5:45 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOV. 18
Game 5: Loser G2 vs. Loser G3 - 11:00 a.m.
Game 6: Loser G1 vs. Loser G4 - 12:45 p.m.
Game 7: Winner G1 vs. Winner G4 (Semifinal) - 4:00 p.m.
Game 8: Winner G2 vs. Winner G3 (Semifinal) - 5:45 p.m.

SUNDAY, NOV. 19
Game 9: Loser G5 vs. Loser G6 (7th Place) - 8:00 a.m.
Game 10: Winner G5 vs. Winner G6 (5th Place) - 9:40 a.m.
Game 11: Loser G7 vs. Loser G8 (3rd Place) - 11:20 a.m.
Game 12: Winner G7 vs. Winner G8 (1st Place) - 1:00 p.m.

LET ME IN
Single-day tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children for each day of the competition and will be available for purchase at the gate only one hour prior to the start of the first game. 

FIRST 250 UCSD STUDENTS FREE!
The first 250 UC San Diego students, with identification, will be admitted free of charge one hour prior to UCSD's games on Saturday and Sunday. 

WATCH IT LIVE ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
A free live stream will be provided at ucsdtritons.tv for all 12 games. Local media personality Miles Himmel will be on the call for both semifinal games on Saturday, Nov. 18. Greg Calvert will handle the play-by-play duties for the championship game Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1:00 p.m. Live state are available through TheFOSH.net for all games. 

PARKING NOTICE
Parking is free on weekends, but permits are required on the UC San Diego campus all day on Friday, Nov. 17. Permit machines are located in every lot.

UCSD RECORDS
• Overall: 9-13
• WWPA: 6-1
• Home: 4-4
• Road: 4-5
• Neutral: 1-4
• Against Ranked Teams: 4-14
• Current Streak: Lost 2

UCSD NATIONAL RANKINGS
For full rankings click here.
• Preseason:  No. 12
• Sept. 6: No. 13
• Sept. 13: No. 13
• Sept. 20: No. 13
• Sept. 27: No. 13
• Oct. 4: No. 12
• Oct. 11: No. 12
• Oct. 18: No. 13
• Oct. 25: No. 13
• Nov. 1: No. 12
• Nov. 8: No. 12

• Nov. 15: No. 12

FINAL 2017 WWPA STANDINGS
1. UC Davis, 7-0
2. UC San Diego, 6-1
3. California Baptist, 4-3
3. Concordia, 4-3
5. Air Force, 3-4
6. Santa Clara, 2-5
6. Loyola Marymount, 2-5
8. Fresno Pacific, 0-7

UC SAN DIEGO AT THE WWPA CHAMPIONSHIP
UCSD has proved to be a regular contender in the WWPA since the league began sponsoring championships in 1981. In 35 seasons, the Tritons have captured 18 titles and 14 runner-up trophies. UCSD's last championship title came in 2015 when the Tritons defeated UC Davis by a score of 6-5. 

ABOUT SANTA CLARA
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 7-15
• WWPA: 2-5
• Home: 3-5
• Road: 0-7
• Neutral: 4-3
• Current Streak: Lost 2 
• National Ranking: RV

ALL-TIME AGAINST THE BRONCOS
UC San Diego holds a 44-3 advantage all-time against Santa Clara. The Tritons downed the Broncos 13-9 earlier this season at home. 

WEEKLY REWIND
UC San Diego dropped its final regular season game, suffering a 11-4 defeat to No. 6 UC Irvine. The Tritons are 4-14 against ranked teams this season. 

UC Irvine 11, UC San Diego 4

HAT TRICKS
Four Tritons have combined for 22 hat tricks:

Kevin Asplund (2)
9/27 vs. Loyola Marymount (three goals)
10/12 vs. California Baptist (three goals)

Cooper Milton (1)
9/2 vs. California (three goals)

Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt (8)
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)
10/18 vs. Long Beach State (four goals)

Arman Momdzhyan (11)
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)
10/20 vs. Air Force (four goals)
10/26 vs. Santa Clara (four goals)
11/4 vs. UC Davis (five goals)

TEAM LEADERS
• Goals: Arman Momdzhyan, 53
• Assists: Skyler Munatones, 25
• Points (Goals + Assists): Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 62
• Steals: Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 30
• Saves: Sam Thompson, 196

AMOUNGST THE WWPA
Goals
T-3. Arman Momdzhyan, 53
5. Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 48

Points
T-8. Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 62

Saves
3. Sam Thompson, 196

Steals
9. Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 30

FOUR TRITONS NAMED ALL-WWPA
For their performances in the regular season, four Tritons were named All-WWPA, announced by the conference on Wednesday. 

Arman Momdzhyan was selected to the first team after leading the Tritons in goals (53), hat tricks (11) and shooting percentage (.491). So far this season, he tops the WWPA with a 2.94 goals per game average.

For his efforts in goal, Sam Thompson received first-team accolades. The Villa Park native recorded 196 saves for a .472 save percentage, 24 steals and six assists this season.

Skyler Munatones earned All-WWPA Honorable Mention accolades. He has a team-best 25 assists to go along with 18 goals and 15 steals.

TURNBOW-LINDENSTADT NAMED FRESHMAN OF THEY YEAR
After a stellar debut season, Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt was named the WWPA Freshman of the Year to go along with second team and all-freshman squad honors. He leads UCSD with 62 points and 30 steals while also compiling 48 goals and 14 assists.

MOMDZHYAN EARNS MULTIPLE WWPA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Senior utility Arman Momdzhyan was named the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 11 and the week of Nov. 2.

His first weekly award came after he 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.

His tallied his second WWPA honor after scoring four goals, leading UCSD to a 13-9 victory over Santa Clara. With the win, UCSD extended its undfeated conference record to six games. 

HAT TRICK HERO
Senior Arman Momdzhyan has earned a hat trick in seven of the last nine games, collecting a team-best 11 on the season. Momdzhyan is averaging 2.94 goals per games and leads UCSD with a total of 53. 

SUDDEN IMPACT
Freshman Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt wasted no time making an immediate impact on the UCSD roster. The Newport Beach native is second on the roster in goals with 48 and leads the Tritons in steals (30).  He has also compiled 14 assists and has scored three or more goals in eight games. On Sept. 16, Turnbow-Lindenstadt produced a career and game-high six goals against No. 1 Cal. 

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

SUMMER HOMEWORK
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.

HISTORY LESSON
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. 

LAST SEASON
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 was the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division II Coach of the Year, while senior Arman Momdzhyan was tabbed the Player of the Year.

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.

GEAR UP
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FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
Got some young Triton fans in your family? If they are eighth grade or under, check out the Junior Triton Club. Membership includes a free t-shirt, admission to over 100 UCSD home athletic events, and much more!

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LOOKING AHEAD
Should the Tritons are fortunate enough to win the WWPA Championship, UCSD will move on to the NCAA Championship with the conference's automatic bid. The national tournament will be played in Los Angeles, Dec. 2-3.


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