LA JOLLA, Calif. - Brian Donohoe
and freshman Matthew Michalko
recorded hat tricks on the first day of the Triton Invitational, as the No. 12 UC San Diego men's water polo team took down Redlands and No. 18 Air Force on Saturday at Canyonview Pool. The Tritons dropped the Bulldogs, 14-4, and the Falcons, 9-4.
UCSD (2-0) will face Cal Lutheran at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday before taking on perennial WWPA Champion No. 8 Loyola Marymount at 3:30 p.m.
Michalko was one of four Tritons to score multiple goals in the match. Donohoe
, Danny Lorch
and William Brown
tallied two scores apiece. David Morton
stopped 11 shots in goal.
Lorch opened the offensive onslaught for the Tritons, scoring on their first
possesion and then adding another with 4:40 to play in the first. Graham Saber
assisted on a score by Donohoe and then added a goal of his own with 4:55 to play in the second quarter on a hook shot from three meters out.
Redlands (0-2) finally got on the board with 4:26 remaining in the half, but Michalko added a pair of the goals to help the Tritons make it 6-1 heading into the halftime break.
The teams traded goals to open the second half before Josh Stiling
made it 8-2 with 4:25 left in the third. Head coach Denny Harper
called for a mass substitution following the goal, allowing many of the younger Tritons to get some action early in the season.
Brown would find the net twice before the end of the period and John Butler
beat the keeper to advance the lead to 11-2. The Bulldogs responded by scoring two of the first three goals of the final stanza, but Michalko, Shane Troutman
and Luke Syka
each scored to put the contest out of reach.
Saber cracked a scoreless tie with 2:18 remaining in the first period and was followed by Donohoe's first goal of the match. Air Force brought it back to 2-1 at the end of the first period and then tied the match 2-2 on a goal by Josh Stedman less than a minute into the second frame.
Saber, Butler, Donohoe and Stiling scored consecutive goals for the Tritons as UCSD increased its lead to 6-3 by the end of the half.
Neither team drew an ejection in the third period as Donohoe and Butler increased the lead to 8-3 with four minutes to play. Air Force tallied a final goal before the end of the period, but Morton shutout the Falcons in the final stanza.