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The Tritons will be in search of their 16th WWPA crown in Whittier this weekend.
UCSD Earns Top Seed, WWPA Championship Play Begins Friday
Release: Tuesday 11/13/2012 

UCSD Schedule
Friday, Nov. 16- Sunday Nov. 18
Slade Aquatics Center • Whittier
Friday: Game 1 vs. No. 8 Whittier @ 9:00 a.m.
Saturday: Game 5 (9:00 am) -OR- Game 7 (12:30 pm)
Sunday: Third Place Game 11 (12:30 pm) -OR- Championship Game 12 (2:15 pm)

2012 WWPA Men's Championships - Complete Schedule
Friday, Nov. 16
Game 1 - No. 1 UC San Diego vs. No. 8 Whittier - 9:00 am
Game 2 - No. 4 UC Davis vs. No. 5 Santa Clara - 10:45 am
Game 3 - No. 2 LMU vs. No. 7 Pomona-Pitzer - 12:30 pm
Game 4 - No. 3 Air Force vs. No. 6 Claremont - 2:15 pm

Saturday, Nov. 17
Game 5 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 - 9:00 am
Game 6 - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 - 10:45 am
Game 7 - Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 - 12:30 pm
Game 8 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 - 2:15 pm

Sunday, Nov. 18
Seventh Place - Game 9 - Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 - 9:00 am
Fifth Place - Game 10 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 - 10:45 am
Third Place - Game 11 - Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 - 12:30 pm
Championship - Game 12 - Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 - 2:15 pm

Whittier will be hosting the 2012 WWPA Championship Tournament Nov. 16-18 at Slade Aquatics Center. If you can't make it, all games will be broadcast live. For ticket pricing, schedule information, etc., please visit Whittier's Championship Central page.

Want to get up-to-the-second scores, photos and announcements from this year's WWPA Championships? Follow @WWPAChamps on Twitter to stay in the loop with all the action this week at Slade Aquatics Center.

UC San Diego has claimed the top-seed thanks to hot a finish to the regular season, winning its last five straight and seven of eight. The Tritons enter the tournament at 14-7 overall and 12-2 against WWPA foes. During their end of the season winning streak, UCSD defeated six of the seven remaining teams in the field. Included in that was a win over No. 2 seed Loyola Marymount, evening their season series at two games apiece, with the goal difference after the four games coming down to just two.

UCSD brought LMU's Championship run to an end last year winning the programs first title since 2006. LMU and UCSD are the only two teams to take home the conference crown this millennium.The Lions had won four consecutively through 2010. UCSD earned their 15th conference title in a 8-7 win over UC Davis at Canyonview Pool.

Sending the seniors off on a high note, UCSD made a comeback to defeat UC Irvine 12-11 at Canyonview Pool in the Tritons final home game of the season on Nov. 8. Brian Donohoe scored the game-winner with under a minute to play in regulation. The Tritons came out with an impressive 3-0 lead to start the first quarter, UCI inched their way back posting four unanswered goals from the middle of the first quarter through the middle of the second. John Butler ended the run, but the Anteaters would go on another four goal streak until  Josh Stiling scored late in the third quarter to put the score at 9-6. After Donohoes goal at the 30 second mark, UCSD goalie Cameron Ravanbach came up with two big final second saves to keep the Anteaters from sending the game to extra minutes.

Senior John Butler has been the team leader in assists during the regular season, compiling 42 respectively. Butler recorded three in last week's victory over No. 9 UC Irvine, bringing him to 127 career assists and to the No. 2 spot on the programs Top 10 list slipping right past Jon Hopkins, a 2005-06 graduate with 125 assists.

No 2 Loyola Marymount: The Lions are 15-9 on the season and 10-2 in the WWPA. Like the Tritons, the Lions defeated the rest of the field on the season.

No. 3 Air Force: At 16-10, the Falcons are having one of their best seasons as a program. They are 9-4 against the WWPA and will open tournament play against No. 6 seed Claremont at 2:15 p.m. The Falcons were picked to finish the fourth in the coaches' preseason poll.

No. 4 UC Davis: A rematch of last Saturday, the Aggies will take on No. 5 Santa Clara. In their meeting on Nov. 11, UC Davis earned a 13-11 win to enter the tournament at 13-16 overall and 11-5 in the WWPA. Santa Clara is 9-18 on the season and 6-9 in conference.

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