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Jessee Ransone and the Tritons split two games on Saturday.

No. 20 UC San Diego Splits Two on Opening Day of Triton Invitational

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — The No. 20 University of California San Diego women's water polo team split two contests on the opening day of the 2019 Triton Invitational Saturday at Canyonview Aquatic Center. 

UC San Diego (2-5) opened the tournament with a close, last-second loss to No. 7 UC Santa Barbara, 4-3, before defeating Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) foe Cal State East Bay, 15-4.

UC San Diego 15, Cal State East Bay 4

Six different Tritons scored two goals apiece in the win against Cal State East Bay (2-2), including senior Carly Innis, sophomore Tera Richardson, junior Jessee Ransone, sophomore Ciara Franke, sophomore Grace Pevehouse and freshman Lizzie Hansen. It was Hansen's first two career-goals, while fellow freshman Chloe Pena also recorded her first-career score.

In addition, freshman Lyndsey Hightower tallied her first-career assist, and freshman Georgia Ransone also had an assist.

The Tritons outscored the Pioneers 5-1 in the first quarter and at halftime, 8-2.

UC Santa Barbara 4, UC San Diego 3

The Tritons had a 3-1 halftime advantage against the No. 7-ranked team in the nation, but were unable to hold off the Gauchos' late rally.

UC Santa Barbara (10-2) scored three goals in the fourth period, the last of which came as time expired, to pull out the narrow win.

Sophomore goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli recorded eight saves, while Franke scored two goals. 

UC San Diego resumes action in the Triton Invitational on Sunday afternoon, as it takes on Marist beginning at 12 p.m.

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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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