LA JOLLA, Calif. - Wrapping up a nine-day break from competition, the
13th-ranked UC San Diego men's water polo team will return to action in Los
Angeles this weekend. The Tritons are one of 16 teams featured in the SoCal
Tournament, with UCLA hosting the nation's best squads.
UCSD holds a three-match winning streak, with victories over No. 19 Air Force
and No. 16 Navy on Sept. 19 followed by a 20-10 home rout of Chapman in front
of 1,492 fans last Thursday. Now at 6-5 overall in 2010, the Tritons will face
a significant test at 10:40 a.m. Saturday to start the tournament - 4th-ranked
Later in the day the Tritons will take
on either No. 6 UC Santa Barbara or No. 17 Concordia Irvine, the two other
teams in UCSD's bracket. The tournament will conclude Sunday with two more
matches for the Tritons.
The 2010 version of the UCSD offense is built on balance, with five players
already tallying double-digit goals. Sophomore Brian Donohoe took over the team
lead in scores with 18, including a career-high six in the Tritons' most recent
On defense, junior goalkeeper David Morton shined in UCSD's latest two-day
competition. At the NorCal Tournament two weeks ago, Morton collected a total
of 42 saves through the Tritons' four matches. Fourteen of the stops came
Stanford enters Saturday's contest with a 4-2 record. The Cardinal attack is
led by junior Jacob Smith, who scored eight goals at the NorCal competition.
Goalkeeper Brian Pingree has also gotten off to a strong start.
The bracket format for this weekend could line up some interesting matchups for
UCSD, particularly the Saturday afternoon contest. If the Gauchos end up being
the opponent, the Tritons would be looking to avenge two losses to UCSB earlier
in the season. UCSD faces the Eagles much less frequently, but the Tritons did
defeat CUI in last year's NorCal Tournament, 8-7, as Donohoe and Bryce Madsen
collected two scores apiece.
UCSD's Sunday morning opponent could be any of the following four teams: USC,
Long Beach State, Pepperdine and Redlands. The Tritons do not have any prior results
with those squads in 2010.
After concluding play in L.A., UCSD will then host 8th-ranked LBSU at 6 p.m. on