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Sophomore Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt scored a career-high seven goals against Long Beach State.

Star Power: Turnbow-Lindenstadt, Turner Lead Tritons Past Long Beach State in NCAA Opening Round, 14-9

UC San Diego

STANFORD, Calif. — It’s rare that University of California San Diego men’s water polo head coach Denny Harper is at a loss for words.

He was nearly speechless on Thursday afternoon.

Sophomore Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt had a career game with seven goals and redshirt junior goalkeeper Jack Turner finished with 14 saves to lift UC San Diego to a 14-9 victory over Long Beach State in the National Collegiate Water Polo Championship Opening Round.

UC San Diego (20-5) will take on host and No. 1-seed Stanford at Avery Aquatic Center on Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 3 p.m. 

“I’m pretty stoked, that was an awesome win,” said Harper, who was emotional after the game. “You just can’t duplicate this kind of a feeling.

“Every water polo team that starts playing in the fall, wants to be in the (semifinals).”

Redshirt sophomore Jack Ranj added two goals for the Tritons, who outscored Long Beach State 9-4 in the second half to reach the national semifinals for the second time in the last four seasons. 

“It was a great team win,” said Turnbow-Lindenstadt, who’s seven goals were a career high. “Everything was working today and it took everyone.”

Turnbow-Lindenstadt started the game strong for the Tritons, scoring his first goal of the day just 53 seconds into the opening quarter. Langiewicz followed with a goal inside off an assist from junior Skyler Munatones to make it 2-1 with 3:40 to play in the first.

A five-meter penalty-shot goal by junior Noah Carniglia put the Tritons back ahead, 3-2, heading into the second period.

UC San Diego led by three after Turnbow-Lindenstadt’s third goal of the first half capped a 3-0 run by the Tritons, but Long Beach State (14-12) rallied with three-consecutive goals of its own to knot the score at halftime, 5-5.

The Tritons weren’t going to be denied, however.

Ranj opened up the second half with a goal, and added another moments later off an assist from junior Cooper Milton to make it 7-5 with 4:17 left in the third period.

Redshirt freshman Konstantin Karlov extended UC San Diego’s lead to three, and sophomore Calder Hilde-Jones’ goal off a pass from Munatones made it 9-5 late in the third period.

Turnbow-Lindenstadt’s beautiful lob shot into the net made it 10-6 with 6:26 to play, as the Tritons began to pull away. 

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