Tritons Impress on Day Two of SoCal Invite
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The No. 11 UC San Diego men’s water polo team had a strong showing on day two of the SoCal Invite. The Tritons handled No. 20 San Jose St. 15-5 to start the day and earned redemption from a close loss earlier in the season by defeating No. 10 UC Irvine 15-10.
The Tritons will play for ninth place tomorrow against the winner of UC Davis and Loyola Marymount. The game will take place at 1 pm at the Burns Aquatics Center at Loyola Marymount.
VS SAN JOSE STATE
The Tritons stymied the Spartan’s offense and held them to a .143 shooting percentage and 2-for-14 on power plays. Jack Turner finished the day with 11 saves and only allowed one goal in the second half.
Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt did a little bit of everything for the Tritons, scoring four goals, tallying two assists, two steals and one drawn exclusion.
The game started even between the two squads with the Tritons holding a slight 6-4 lead at the end of the half. But the Tritons outscored the Spartans 9-1 in the second half to put the game completely out of reach for San Jose State.
VS UC IRVINE
Turnbow-Lindenstadt fed off the momentum of the first game to score three goals and tallied a career high five assists. Skyler Munatones and Calder Hilde-Jones each added four goals with Munatones doing so for the first time since 2016.
The Tritons did a good job taking advantage of exclusions by the opposing team. They were a perfect two-for-two on penalty shots and four-for-seven on power plays.
UC San Diego took a 2-0 lead to start the game but the Anteaters countered with a goal of their own. The teams would exchange goals throughout the first half as the Tritons end the half with a 6-3 lead.
A goal from Cooper Milton in the third quarter pushed the lead to four points. The Tritons maintained the cushion until the Anteaters scored two goals in the final minute and a half to cut the lead to 10-8.
The Tritons blew the game open with a 4-0 run in the fourth quarter. With 4:44 left in the game, UC San Diego was able to hold UC Irvine to just two goals and hold on for the win.
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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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