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Milton's Last Second Goal in Sudden Death Propels Tritons to Victory

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It took an overtime period and two sudden death periods, but Cooper Milton’s last second goal propelled the No. 11 UC San Diego men’s water polo team over No. 9 UC Davis 13-12. The Tritons finish the SoCal Invite with a 3-1 record and a ninth-place finish and improve to 10-5 on the season.

The last time UC San Diego won in sudden death overtime was in 2008 when the Tritons defeated UC Santa Barbara 12-11 at the very same tournament. The Tritons now have two overtime victories, the most in a season since their 2006 season.

Jack Turner had his best performance of the weekend against the Aggies. The senior goalkeeper had a career high 23 saves and made several key saves to keep the Tritons alive in sudden death.

Milton had a career day himself. His game winning goal was his fourth of the day and set a new career high. Milton also added a steal and an assist on the day.

Both teams traded goals to open the game with the Aggies edging the Tritons 4-3 at the end of the first quarter. Ty Matson, Connor McManigal and Kaden Likins stepped up to score and gave the Tritons a 6-4 lead at the end of the half.

The Aggies came out swinging in the third quarter and used a 5-0 run to take a 9-6 lead. Milton scored in the last thirty seconds of the third quarter to trim their lead down to two points. Milton connected on two of the Triton’s next three goals to claim a 10-9 lead with two and a half minutes remaining in the fourth. The Tritons momentarily lost the lead, but Karlo Krmek scored to tie the game up at 11 apiece. UC Davis had a chance to ice the game, but Nir Gross’s shot could not find the back of the net.

Gross struck first for the Aggies in the first overtime period but Calder Hilde-Jones equalized seconds later. The Aggies looked to seal the game on a power play but heroics from Turner in the net stopped them.

Turner faced several back-to-back shots in the sudden death. With the seconds winding down in the second sudden death period, Turner lobbed the ball to Milton and Milton found the upper right hand corner for the game winning goal.

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