MALIBU, Calif. - The thirteenth-ranked University of California San Diego men's water polo team dropped both of its games, Saturday at the Golden Coast Conference vs. Western Water Polo Association (GCC vs. WWPA) Challenge in Malibu. UC San Diego fell to No. 11 UC Irvine, 12-7, in its first game before leading No. 8 Pepperdine through
After the losses, UCSD falls to 2-5 on the season and remains at 1-0 in WWPA play. UCI moves to 4-2 overall and the Waves improve to 6-0.
Game One – UC Irvine 12, UC San Diego 7
After falling to the Anteaters 13-2 a week ago at the Triton Invitational, UCSD came out strong, ready for a rematch.
Senior Arman Momdzhyan put the Tritons on the board first, scoring just one minute into the contest. UCI scored back-to-back goals before freshman Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt found the back of the net with six seconds remaining in the first quarter to tie the game at two.
UCI took over the lead in the second half scoring
The Anteaters outscored UCSD 8-4 in the second half to ultimately seal the win.
UCSD outshot UCI 33-27 and shutout the Anteaters in powerplay situations, causing UCI to go 0-11.
In goal, junior Sam Thompson made six saves while UCI goalie Matej Matijevic tallied 16.
Game two - Pepperdine 12, UC San Diego 9
The Tritons lead through all
Turnbow-Lindenstadt had a team-high three goals while sophomore Noah Carniglia tallied two. The Waves’ Chris Dilworth had a game-high four.
UCSD got out to a fast start, compiling five goals in the first frame to take a 5-2 lead. Turnbow-Lindenstadt scored twice while junior Kevin Asplund and Momdzhyan added one a piece.
Pepperdine opened up the second frame putting two quick goals on the board before freshman Jack Ranj scored with three minutes remaining in the half. The Waves had back-to-back goals to tie the game at six, but Milton found the back of the net as time expired to give the Tritons a slight lead.
Dilworth knotted the game at seven early in the third frame before Carniglia made a five-meter penalty shot to give UCSD its final lead.
Carniglia scored once in the fourth frame but it wasn’t enough as Pepperdine managed to put five shots past Thompson to seal the win.
The Tritons’ went 5-13 on
Thompson had five saves.
Next, UC San Diego travels north to play WWPA rival Fresno Pacific Thursday, September 14 at 1 p.m.
UC Irvine 12, UC San Diego 7
UCSD 2 1 2 2 - 7
UCI 2 2 3 5 - 12
UCI: Lovre Milos 2, Robby
UCSD: Sam Thompson 6
UCI: Matej Matijevic 16
Pepperdine 12, UC San Diego 9
PU 2 4 1 5 - 12
UCSD 5 2 1 1 - 9
Pepperdine: Chris Dilworth 4, Sam Paur 2, Mark Urban 2, Marko Asic 2, Justin Cowan 1, Mate Toth 1.
UCSD: Sam Thompson 5
Pepperdine: Zack Rhodes 4