Tritons Edged by Loyola Marymount in Shoot-Out
LA JOLLA, Calif. – Despite playing and feeding off a lively home crowd at Canyonview Aquatic Center, the No. 11 UC San Diego men’s water polo team fell to No. T-14 Loyola Marymount in a 17-16 shoot-out.
In a game that featured fire power from both sides, Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt stood out for the Tritons and scored six goals and two assists. Cooper Milton acted as the point guard for the offense and tallied four assists for only the second time in his career.
The Tritons fell in a 3-0 hole early on but back-to-back goals from Turnbow-Lindenstadt sparked a 4-0 run to give UC San Diego its first lead of the game in the second quarter. Every time Loyola Marymount would equalize, the Tritons would respond with a goal of their own. Turnbow-Lindenstadt scored his third of the game to give the Tritons a 7-6 lead into the half.
Loyola Marymount claimed its first lead of the second half off a fast break from David Carrasco to go up 9-8 in the third quarter. A penalty goal from Turnbow-Lidenstadt would tie the game back up but Loyola Marymount would respond seconds later with a powerplay goal from Daniel Roth.
The Tritons kept close with Loyola Marymount throughout much of the fourth quarter. But a couple of fast break goals for the Lions led to a 16-13 lead with 2:35 remaining. The Tritons brought the score within one point, but a penalty goal by Blazo Mitrovic gave the Lions a two-point lead again with 1:22 remaining.
Karlo Krmek scored his first goal of the game to cut the Lion’s lead to 17-16. An offensive foul on Loyola Marymount’s next possession gave UC San Diego the ball back with 23 seconds remaining. Jackson Ranj could not get his shot off and Loyola Marymount came away with the win.
The Tritons will play in the prestigious SoCal Invitational, hosted by UCLA and Loyola Marymount Sept 27-29. First game will be held at UCLA at 6:00 p.m. against No. 6 Pepperdine.
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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 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 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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