Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
Freshman Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt had a game-high five goals.
No. 13 Tritons Down Concordia Irvine, 17-11, For First WWPA Win
Release: Friday 09/08/2017 

IRVINE, Calif. - A strong second half propelled the No. 13 University of California San Diego men’s water polo team over Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) opponent Concordia University Irvine, 17-11, Friday afternoon in Irvine.

UC San Diego improves to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play. CUI falls to 3-2 on the season and 0-1 in the WWPA.

Freshman Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt picked up his second career hat trick to go along with a career-high five goals in the win. Competing in his first game of the season, senior Arman Momdzhyan tallied four goals while junior Kevin Asplund and freshman Jack Ranj added two a piece.

In goal, junior Sam Thompson picked up 11 saves.

The Eagles’ Angel Rojas had four goals while goalkeeper Alfredo De La Mora made one save and scored a goal.

UCSD outscored CUI 10-5 in the second half to seal its first conference win.

The Eagles led 2-0 in the first quarter before the Tritons’ score four unanswered goals to take the lead. During the stretch, Ranj notched back-to-back goals while Turnbow-Lindenstadt added his first of the day.

CUI scored twice to open the second frame, including a long shot from goalie Alfredo De La Mora. The Eagles led, 6-5, with just over a minute left in the half, but UCSD put two shots into the net in the final minute to take a slim lead into halftime. Sophomore Calder Hilde-Jones scored on a powerplay at the buzzer.

In the third frame, the Eagles’ Messan Moore scored early to knot the game at seven but the Tritons tallied five goals to take over a lead they would not relinquish. UCSD controlled the fourth frame, adding five more to seal the win.

All four of Momdzhyans’ goals came in the second half, while Turnbow-Lindenstadt added three in the final 16 minutes.

UC San Diego returns to the pool tomorrow for two games. The Tritons play No. 11 UC Irvine at 11:30 a.m. and No. 8 Pepperdine at 3:30 p.m. Both contests will take place in Malibu.

UC San Diego 17, Concordia Irvine 11
UCSD              4          3          5          5          -           17
CUI                 3          3          2          3          -           11

UCSD: Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt 5, Arman Momdzhyan 4, Kevin Asplund 2, Jack Ranj 2, Calder Hilde-Jones 1, Carson Ivancovich 1, Cooper Milton 1, Noah Carniglia 1.

CUI: Angel Rojas 4, Joshua Mundell 3, Spencer Hosch 2, Messan Moore 1, Alfredo De La Mora 1.

UCSD: Sam Thompson 11

CUI: Alfredo De La Mora 1


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