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Junior Cooper Milton and the Tritons won two games at the MPSF Invite on Saturday.

Saturday Sweep: No. 11 Tritons Top Santa Clara, No. 12 UC Irvine at MPSF Invite

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STANFORD, Calif. — The University of California San Diego men’s water polo team swept two games on Saturday at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Invitational.

The No. 11-ranked Tritons defeated No. RV Santa Clara, 15-7, to begin the day, before knocking off No. 12 UC Irvine for the second time this season, 11-10.

UC San Diego (12-4, 3-1 WWPA) will now take on conference rival UC Davis in the 9th-place game on Sunday scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Game 1

Redshirt junior Kacper Langiewicz, junior Noah Carniglia and senior Captain Cole Martinez each picked up hat tricks with three goals apiece, lifting the Tritons to their 11th-straight win over the Broncos.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jack Turner recorded nine saves in the net, while sophomore Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt scored twice.

UC San Diego jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter and led 9-3 at halftime. Consecutive goals to start the second half by Turnbow-Lindenstadt, sophomore Jack Ranj and Langiewicz made it 12-3 with 5:49 left in the third.

Game 2

Junior Skyler Munatones finished with three goals and senior Alessandro Valania scored twice, as the Tritons knocked off UC Irvine for the second time this season.

UC San Diego jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter and led 7-4 at intermission.

A score by redshirt freshman Konstantin Karlov put the Tritons ahead 10-8 with four minutes remaining, and Valania’s goal with 1:32 left made it 11-9.

No. 11 UC San Diego 15, No. RV Santa Clara 7

Santa Clara 1 2 2 2 — 7
UC San Diego 5 4 6 0 — 15

Goals
UC San Diego: Langiewicz 3, C. Martinez 3, Carniglia 3, Turnbow-Lindenstadt 2, Munatones, Gelnak, Ranj, Karlov.
Santa Clara: Rottman 3, Toriggino, Kirk, Sicat, Hughes.

Saves
UC San Diego: Turner 9.
Santa Clara: Fox 1, Churchman 2.

Records
UC San Diego 11-4, 3-1 WWPA
Santa Clara 4-8, 1-2 WWPA

No. 11 UC San Diego 11, No. 12 UC Irvine 10

UC Irvine 1 3 2 4 — 10
UC San Diego 5 2 1 3 — 11

Goals
UC San Diego: Munatones 3, Valania 2, Karlov 2, Langiewicz, C. Martinez, Turnbow-Lindenstadt, Hilde-Jones.
UC Irvine: Lynton 3, Gornay 2, Manojlovic 2, Jevezard, Fleenor, Gojkovich.

Saves
UC San Diego: Turner 7
UC Irvine: Rivers 8

Records
UC San Diego: 13-4, 3-1 WWPA
UC Irvine: 6-9, 0-1 GCC

About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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