David Morton Receives Conference's Player of the Week Accolade After Breaking Record
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios On Saturday, David Morton set a new school record for saves in a single game with 21.
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 NCAA.com.
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
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
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