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On Saturday, David Morton set a new school record for saves in a single game with 21.
David Morton Receives Conference's Player of the Week Accolade After Breaking Record
Release: Wednesday 10/06/2010 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - Junior goalkeeper David Morton of the UC San Diego men's water polo team received the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week honor for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, conference officials announced Wednesday.

The Salinas, Calif., native also earned Player of the Week national recognition in Trevor Freeman's weekly water polo notebook on

Morton helped UCSD capture ninth place at the SoCal Tournament this past weekend, as the Tritons went 3-1 during the two-day competition. The Tritons started the tournament with a loss to Stanford but rebounded to finish with three-straight wins.

On Saturday afternoon against Concordia Irvine, Morton set a new school record for saves in a single game with 21. It topped his previous career of 19, which he tallied last season against the same CUI program.

The Tritons collected dramatic one-goal victories Sunday over 9th-ranked Pepperdine and 10th-ranked Loyola Marymount. Morton was outstanding down the stretch, helping the Tritons hold the Wave and Lions to just one fourth-quarter goal between the two matches. Across the tournament's four games, he totaled 45 saves.

In the Collegiate Water Polo Association top 20 rankings released Wednesday, UCSD moved into the No. 9 spot. The Tritons, who have gone 6-1 in their last seven matches, will host 8th-ranked Long Beach State on Friday at 6 p.m.

2010 WWPA Men's Player of the Week:
Sept. 8: Kaika Aki - Loyola Marymount, Sept. 15: Aaron Salit - UC Davis, Sept. 22: Erick Gonzalez - Whittier, Sept. 29: Rilesh Desai - Whittier, Oct. 6: David Morton - UC San Diego

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