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Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jack Turner recorded 20 saves in an overtime loss to No. 9 UC Irvine.
No. 12 UC San Diego Drops Overtime Thriller to No. 9 UC Irvine, Tops La Verne at Triton Invite
Release: Saturday 09/01/2018 
by UCSD

LA JOLLA, Calif. —The No. 12-ranked University of California San Diego men’s water polo team put forth two thrilling performances on the opening day of the 2018 Triton Invitational on Saturday, even if the final scores show mixed results.

UC San Diego won big over La Verne, 25-8, to start the day, before falling short in an epic battle against No. 9 UC Irvine, 12-11, in a sudden-victory overtime period.

Game 2 (UC Irvine 12, UC San Diego 11 2OT)

The Tritons came up short in their second contest of the day, but proved they have plenty to be excited about this season. Sophomore Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt led the way with four goals in the loss, and redshirt junior goalkeeper Jack Turner was spectacular in the net with a career-high 20 saves.

Junior Skyler Munatones added three goals for UC San Diego, while senior Alessandro Valania and junior Noah Carniglia finished with two assists apiece.

After falling behind early in the first quarter, 4-1, the Tritons rallied to tie the score 6-6 early in the third quarter after Turnbow-Lindenstadt’s second goal of the game.

UC San Diego took its first lead, 9-8, on a score from senior Kevin Asplund off a Munatones’ assist with 7:20 left in regulation. After consecutive Anteater goals put UC Irvine back on top by one, Carniglia’s pass to Turnbow-Lindenstadt for a power-play goal with 1:16 left in regulation sent the game to overtime.

The Tritons struck first in the first overtime period on Munatones’ unassisted score, but UC Irvine responded with a power-play goal with just six seconds to go in the first overtime period.

After a scoreless second overtime period, UC Irvine’s Casey Lynton’s goal won it for the Anteaters just 29 seconds into the sudden-victory period.

Game 1 (UC San Diego 25, La Verne 8)

Four Tritons recorded three goals apiece in the season-opening victory over La Verne, including sophomore Calder Hilde-Jones, senior Ryan Rodriguez, Munatones and Turnbow-Lindenstadt. Sophomore Brett Candioty added three assists and Turnbow-Lindenstadt tallied three steals, as UC San Diego jumped out to a 9-0 first-quarter advantage and led 15-4 at halftime.

The Tritons return to action on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. against No. T-20 Air Force.

#GoTritons

Wednesday, September 26
M Water Polo vs. Loyola Marymount
6:00 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Friday, September 28
M Water Polo at Air Force
6:00 PM
Colorado Springs, CO (Cadet Natatorium)
Friday, October 05
M Water Polo vs. California Baptist
6:00 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Friday, October 12
M Water Polo at TBA
All Day
Stanford
Saturday, October 13
M Water Polo at TBA
All Day
Stanford
Sunday, October 14
M Water Polo at TBA
All Day
Stanford
Friday, October 19
M Water Polo vs. Concordia University (Irvine)
6:00 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Saturday, October 27
M Water Polo vs. Princeton
12:00 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Thursday, November 01
M Water Polo at Santa Clara
3:00 PM
Santa Clara
Saturday, November 03
M Water Polo at UC Davis
4:00 PM
Davis
Saturday, November 10
M Water Polo vs. Sunset San Diego (exhibition)
10:00 AM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
M Water Polo vs. The Olympic Club (exhibition)
12:00 PM
UC San Diego (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Friday, November 16
M Water Polo at TBA
All Day
Fresno (Fresno Pacific)
Saturday, November 17
M Water Polo at TBA
All Day
Fresno (Fresno Pacific)
Sunday, November 18
M Water Polo at TBA
All Day
Fresno (Fresno Pacific)
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