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Redshirt freshman Konstantin Karlov and the Tritons lost a close game to UC Davis on Sunday.

No. 11 Tritons Drop Close One to No. 7 UC Davis, 12-11, Finish 10th at MPSF Invite


STANFORD, Calif. — The No. 11-ranked University of California San Diego men’s water polo team lost a close game on Sunday afternoon, falling to No. 7 UC Davis, 12-11, on the final day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Invitational.

UC San Diego (12-5, 3-1 WWPA) finished the three-day invite with a 2-2 record and earned 10th place out of 16 teams. Four of the Tritons’ five losses this season have come by one point, including twice this weekend.

Sophomore Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt led UC San Diego with four goals on Sunday, while junior Noah Carniglia scored three times and redshirt junior goalkeeper Jack Turner finished with eight saves.

The game was tied 5-5 at halftime and was knotted up 7-7 at the end of the third quarter.

A Turnbow-Lindenstadt goal with 3:59 left put the Tritons ahead, 9-8. After consecutive UC Davis goals, redshirt junior Kacper Langiewicz’s score tied it up at 10-10 with 2:17 left to play.

But the Aggies (12-5, 3-0 WWPA) tacked on two more goals, first by senior Marcus Anderson with 1:57 remaining, then by senior Riley Venne with only 18 seconds left on the clock.

Junior Cooper Milton’s goal for the Tritons with one second left made it 12-11.

Up next, UC San Diego resumes Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) play at home against Concordia Irvine on Friday, Oct. 19, beginning at 6 p.m.

No. 7 UC Davis 12, No. 11 UC San Diego 11

UC San Diego 2 3 2 4 — 11
UC Davis 4 1 2 5 — 12

UC San Diego: Turnbow-Lindenstadt 4, Carniglia 3, Langiewicz, Valania, Milton, Karlov.
UC Davis: Venne 5, Reilly 2, Tamblyn 2, Stafford, Knight, M. Anderson.

UC San Diego: Turner 8.
UC Davis: Addington 5, Quigley 2.

UC San Diego 12-5, 3-1 WWPA
UC Davis 12-5, 3-0 WWPA

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