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Jakub Bednarek and the Tritons will play four games this weekend.
UC San Diego Takes Another Shot at Gauchos as NorCal Tournament Starts Saturday
Release: Wednesday 09/15/2010 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - Exactly one week after suffering a 16-6 loss to UC Santa Barbara, the 11th-ranked UC San Diego men's water polo team will get another shot at the 6th-ranked Gauchos.

The start of the sequel between UCSD (3-3) and UCSB (2-0) is set for 12 p.m. Saturday and the site is Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif. The game will be the first of four this weekend for the Tritons, who are competing in the two-day Nor Cal Tournament that is organized by UC Berkeley, UC Davis and DVC.

The tournament field features 16 teams, 15 of which are ranked in the nation's top 20 poll released Wednesday. Joining the Tritons and Gauchos in "Bracket C" are No. 3 Stanford and No. 15 UC Davis. The winner of the UCSD and UCSB match will play the winner of the Stanford and UCD contest at 5:20 p.m. Saturday.

If the Tritons defeat the Gauchos on Saturday, they will eventually switch to the Berkeley campus for Sunday's games. Otherwise, UCSD will continue to compete in Pleasant Hill.

In the first meeting between the Tritons and Gauchos last Saturday, UCSD held tough defensively through the opening quarter and encountered a 2-0 deficit after the first eight minutes. The UCSB pressure escalated though from that point on, with the Gauchos outscoring the Tritons 14-6 in the final 24 minutes of action.

All-American goalkeeper David Morton and the rest of the UCSD squad will look to contain UCSB's Milos Golic and Zsombor Vincze, who combined for 11 of the Gauchos' 16 scores in that game.

The Tritons have featured a balanced attack so far this season, with five players tallying six or more goals each in 2010. Leading the way are redshirt junior William Brown with 10 and senior Ryan Allred with nine.

Regarding the other two teams in UCSD's bracket, UC Davis is currently 6-1 this season while Stanford holds a 2-0 mark. The Tritons became very familiar with the Aggies of UCD in 2009, as the two squads played three times through the season. UCSD ended up victorious on all three occasions, by margins of 10-7, 9-7 and 11-4. Stanford last met the Tritons on Sept. 15, 2006, an 11-8 result in favor of the Cardinal.

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