LA JOLLA, Calif. - Brian Donohoe
recorded six goals Thursday, while Bryce Madsen
added five, as the 14th-ranked UC San Diego men's water polo team cruised to a 20-10 home rout of Chapman.
With classes returning to session earlier in the day, students packed the Canyonview Pool stands to near capacity for an announced crowd of 1,492. The win improves the Tritons to 6-5 overall on the season and drops the Panthers to 3-4 so far in 2010.
"To be a part of a home game like this with all of these fans, it was amazing," Donohoe said. "I was chomping at the bit all offseason for this day to come and it certainly was the best and the biggest crowd I've played in front of."
Madsen and Dane Sequeira
struck for UCSD's first two scores out of the gate, but the visiting CU squad stayed with the hosts goal for goal through the opening six minutes. The Panthers tied the match at 3-3 at the 2:10 mark in the first quarter, with Pierre Masson capitalizing on a six-on-five opportunity, but from that point forward the Tritons quickly took control.
After Masson tossed in another score to cut UCSD's lead to 7-5 with 6:05 remaining in the second period, the Tritons' offense cranked out a 7-0 run that stretched into the later stages of the third quarter. That spurt included two scores from sophomore John Butler
, notching his ninth and tenth career goals.
The UCSD offense took advantage of plentiful breakaway opportunities, including one that William Brown
created on his own with 2:57 to play in the third quarter. He raced the ball up the center of the pool, shielding his defender from making the steal. He then retreated away from the net and fired a long shot past the keeper. CU's Stephen Neville managed to skip a pair of shots past Tritons' goalkeeper David Morton
late in the period to trim the lead to 14-8, but that six-goal margin was the closest the Panthers could get in the second half.
"We only have four or five guys who have played in front of crowds like this," UCSD head coach Denny Harper
said. "Some of the players embraced it and you could tell Madsen and Donohoe were loving it."
Donohoe notched the six goals and a handful of other shots from him rattled off the crossbar and posts. Late in the match, Madsen converted a five-meter chance to collect career goal No. 52 as a Triton.
The 20 goals scored by UCSD on Thursday represent the team's highest total since Nov. 21, 2008, a 24-8 drubbing of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Next up for the Tritons will be the SoCal Tournament held in Los Angeles from Oct. 2-3. UCSD will take on 4th-ranked Stanford to open up the two-day competition.