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The UC San Diego men's water polo team defeated UC Davis to earn a share of the WWPA regular-season title.

Back on Top! No. 10 Tritons Defeat No. 9 UC Davis for WWPA Regular Season Crown


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DAVIS, Calif. — The Tritons are back on top.

The No. 10-ranked University of California San Diego men’s water polo team powered its way to a Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) regular-season title on Saturday, defeating No. 9 UC Davis, 10-8, at Schaal Aquatics Center.

With the win, UC San Diego (16-5, 6-1 WWPA) will be the No. 1 seed in the WWPA Tournament beginning Nov. 16 in Fresno, Calif. UC Davis (15-7, 6-1) will be the tournament’s No. 2 seed.

It’s the first time since 2014 UC San Diego has been the top seed in the conference tournament.

Sophomore Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt led the way with four goals and one assist, scoring a power-play goal with 5:22 left off an assist from redshirt freshman Konstantin Karlov to make it 10-4. The Tritons held off a late rally by the Aggies down the stretch.

Junior Skyler Munatones matched a career-high five assists, senior Alessandro Valania scored two goals, while juniors Cooper Milton and Noah Carniglia each finished with a goal and an assist.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jack Turner was spectacular in the net as usual, finishing with 11 saves and a steal.

After the two teams exchanged goals into the second quarter, consecutive scores by Turnbow-Lindenstadt put the Tritons ahead by two. Valania’s goal with 1:07 left in the second quarter made it 6-3 .

Turnbow-Lindenstadt’s third goal of the second period pushed UC San Diego’s lead to 7-4 with just 15 seconds left before halftime. The Tritons then put together a 3-0 run after intermission to build a 10-4 advantage.

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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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