Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
Sophomore Cooper Milton ended the day with a team-high five goals.
No. 12 UC San Diego Charges Past Chapman, Falls to No. 1 Cal on Day One of Triton Invite
Release: Saturday 09/02/2017 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 12th-ranked University of California San Diego men's water polo team split a pair of games to open up the first day of competition at the 2017 Triton Invitational, Saturday at Canyonview Aquatic Center. In its season opener, UC San Diego powered past Chapman, winning 14-1. In the second game of the day, the Tritons battled with top-ranked defending national champion California, but ultimately fell by a score of 12-7.

With the split, UC San Diego moves to 1-1 on the season. Cal remains undefeated at 2-0 and Chapman stands at 0-2.

UC San Diego 14, Chapman 1
UCSD jumped out to a quick lead and remained in control for all four quarters, sailing to a 13-goal victory.

In his first collegiate game, freshman Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt put the Tritons on the board first, scoring back-to-back goals within a minute of each other. Sophomore Cooper Milton added another to give UCSD a 3-0 cushion.

The Panthers’ Cameron Genetti scored CU’s lone goal of the game late in the first quarter to make it a 3-1 contest.

Milton opened up the second stanza with a quick goal before senior Rich Farley notched another off a power play. Sophomore Noah Carniglia and junior Carson Ivancovich closed out the half with a goal apiece.

The Tritons held the Panthers scoreless in the second half of play, while adding seven goals of their own. Freshman Brad Robison and Nolan Ortega each tallied a goal, marking the first of their collegiate careers. Turnbow-Lindenstadt completed a hat trick, scoring off a powerplay in the fourth quarter as UCSD earned the decisive victory.

Turnbow-Lindenstadt grabbed a team-high three goals while Farley, Ivancovich, Milton and Carniglia each had two. In goal, junior Sam Thompson made 13 saves.

Chapman goalkeeper Jack Gregov had 10 saves in the loss.

California 12, UC San Diego 7
Despite taking a 2-0 lead to start the game, the Tritons could not hold off the defending national champion bears and ultimately fell, 12-8.

UCSD scored early, off a powerplay goal from Milton. Sophomore Skyer Munatones made the assist. Milton added another goal thirty seconds later to give the Tritons a 2-0 lead. However, Cal scored on back-to-back 6-on-5 opportunties to knot the game at two after the first quarter.

The Bears held UCSD scoreless in the second frame, adding three goals to take a 5-3 lead at the half.

The Tritons outscored Cal 3-2 in the third quarter, capitalizing on two powerplays. Munatones opened up the half with a 6-on-5 goal after recieiving a pass from junior Kevin Asplund. The Bears answered with a goal before Milton scored his third of the game off a feed from sophomore Jack Ranj. Carniglia found Turnbow-Lindenstadt for a powerplay goal to bring UCSD within one, 6-5. However, Cal found the back of the net with thirty seconds remaining in the third frame.

A made five-meter penalty shot from the Bears’ Carniglia gave Cal a three goal lead 15 seconds into the final frame. The Bears added two back-to-back goals to take their largest lead of the game. The Tritons did not give up as Ortega and Ivancovich each found the back of the net during the quarter but it wasn’t enough as Cal earned the win.

Thompson made 13 saves in goal while grabbing two steals. Milton had a team-best three goals.

UC San Diego will close out the final day of competition at the 2017 Triton Invitational Sunday, Sept. 3. The Tritons play No. 9 UC Davis at 12 p.m. before taking on No. 13 UC Irvine at 4 p.m. For the complete tournament schedule and results click here.

UC San Diego 14, Chapman 1
UCSD              3          4          4          3          -           14
CU                  1          0          0          0          -           1

UCSD: Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt 3, Rich Farley 2, Carson Ivancovich 2, Cooper Milton 2, Noah Carniglia 2, Collin Sullivan 1, Brad Robison 1, Nolan Ortega 1. 

CU: Cameron Genetti 1. 

UCSD: Sam Thompson 11

CU: Jack Gregov 10

California 12, UC San Diego 7
CAL                 2          3          2          5          -        12   
UCSD              2          0          3          2          -           7

UCSD: Cooper Milton 3, Skyler Munatones 1, Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt 1, Carson Ivancovich 1, Nolan Ortega 1.

CAL: Pedro Stellet 2, Safak Simsek 2, Nick Carniglia 2, Odysseas Masmanidis 2, Spencer Farrar 1, Vassilis Tzavaras 1, Luca Cupido 1, Nikos Delagrammatikas 1.

UCSD: Sam Thompson 13

CAL: Spencer Tagg 8


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