LA JOLLA, Calif. -
With key stops from All-American goalkeeper David Morton
and a combined seven scores between Ryan Allred
and William Brown
, the No. 11 UC San Diego men's water polo team cruised to an 11-6 victory over No. 19 Air Force to start day one of the Triton Invitational Saturday. In the afteroon, UCSD suffered an 11-6 loss to No. 6 Loyola Marymount.
The morning game was the season opener for both AFA and UCSD and although the Tritons held a narrow 5-4 advantage at the midway point, they rallied for six goals in the final two periods while holding the Falcons to just two scores in that span.
Morton ended with 12 saves and his teammates in front of him helped swarm the AFA attackers throughout the entire 32 minutes of action.
Allred, a senior from La Verne, Calif., led the Tritons with his four goals, including the team's first goal of the season at the 6:24 mark in the first period. Brown showed his offensive prowess with three scores against the Falcons and his third goal capped off a 4-0 Tritons' run that stretched from the last minute in the second period to the 2:32 mark in the third.
The AFA offense was led by senior Bobby Geiger, who recorded two of the team's six goals.
In the 2:15 p.m. match with LMU, UCSD took an early 1-0 lead with a goal from Brown at the 6:03 mark in the first quarter. The two squads traded scores through until the second period, with the Lions getting scores from Tibor Forai and Max Schlegel while Matt Kerchner added the second Tritons' goal. With the score tied 2-2 as the second quarter crept toward an end, LMU's Albert Samuel found the back of the net to give the Lions a 3-2 advantage at the midway point.
Samuel's late score in the second period initiated a 4-0 run for LMU, capped off with another score from Samuels at the 4:22 mark in the fourth quarter. A goal from UCSD's Dane Sequiera with 2:33 remaining in regulation proved to be too little and too late, as the final score closed at 7-3 in favor of LMU.
Both the Lions and Tritons are now 1-1 on the season. UCSD returns to action at 10:45 a.m. game against No. 10 Pacific (2-0).