LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The 12th-ranked UC San Diego men's water polo team will head to Claremont this Saturday to face Pomona Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Western Water Polo Association action.
Match No. 5
No. 12 UCSD (3-1, 2-1) vs. Pomona Pitzer (0-2, 0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 10 - 12:00 p.m.
Matt M. Axelrod Pool - Claremont, Calif.
Match No. 6
No. 12 UCSD (3-1, 2-1) vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (0-2, 0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 10 - 6:00 p.m.
Matt M. Axelrod Pool - Claremont, Calif.
Senior goalkeeper David Morton broke a 25-year old school record by registering his 848th career save against Cal Lutheran on Sunday, setting the new career standard for saves. He passed Duncan Millar's (1983-85) career tally of 847 with his ninth save of the match in a 15-6 win over CLU, and then added 10 more saves at the Invite to give Morton 858 career saves heading into Saturday's matches in Claremont. Morton, like Millar, has appeared in the UCSD single-season top 10 for saves in each of his three seasons at UCSD; Morton's 296 saves in 2009 are second only to Millar's 1985 total of 302, while Morton's 2010 total of 265 saves and 2008 total of 259 saves are eighth-best and ninth-best in Triton single-season history, respectively. In 2010, Morton broke his own UCSD single-match saves record with 21 stops in an 11-7 win over Concordia on October 2; he had previously held the record with 19 saves against UC Santa Barbara on October 24, 2008.
THREE AND FLEE
UCSD made easy work of its first three opponents of the Triton Invitational, disposing of Redlands 14-4 and No. 20 Air Force 9-4 on the first day of competition. Matthew Michalko's hat trick complemented eight other Triton goal scorers in the win over the Bulldogs while Brian Donohoe's hat trick and four unanswered UCSD goals aided the Tritons over the Falcons. UCSD took down Cal Lutheran, 15-6, on Sunday morning, thanks to a first quarter hat trick by Graham Saber, one of four Tritons to score multiple goals in the match. With his ninth save against the Lancers, Morton became UCSD's all-time career saves leader.
KINGS OF THE JUNGLE CAN SWIM
The Lions of No. 10 Loyola Marymount proved why they have won the last for WWPA Championships at the Triton Invitational, going 4-0 by virtue of a narrow 7-6 win over UCSD. LMU jumped out to a two-goal lead, but goals from Donohoe, Josh Stiling and Saber gave the Tritons their only lead of the match with 3:42 remaining in the first half. The Lions would even the contest on a penalty shot to make it 3-3 before the half and then take another two goal-lead with consecutive scores out of the break. Lukas Syka found the upper corner to cut the lead in half, but LMU answered to make it 6-4 with 4:30 left in the fourth period. Donohoe would account for his second goal of the match off a long pass from Morton 15 seconds later, but the Tritons would struggle to find the equalizer. After LMU increased its lead back to two, Michalko scored on a backhand to make it 7-6 with 86 seconds remaining. However, UCSD would run out of chances as the Lions held on to give the Tritons their first loss on the year.
WHO'S THE NEW GUY?
Five different Tritons registered the first goal of their UCSD careers this weekend at the Triton Invitational. Michalko tallied a hat trick and Danny Lorch scored twice in the Tritons' 14-4 win over Redlands in the first match of the Invite. Shane Troutman added his first goal against Redlands with 3:26 left in the fourth while Joe Dietrich and Alec Williams scored in the win over CLU. New faces on the Triton roster combined for 11 goals, seven assists and seven steals on opening weekend.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps enters the weekend tied as the No. 1 ranked team in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Division III Top 10 with Redlands. CMS has gone 0-2 so far this season, falling 22-2 to No. 3 UCLA and 18-6 to No. 7 Pepperdine. UCSD took down the Stags, 11-6, in the only battle between the teams last season on November 2. Pomona-Pitzer enters the weekend as the No. 4 team in CWPA Division III, also with a record of 0-2. The Sagehens fell to Pepperdine, 15-4, and No.6 UC Santa Barbara, 16-4, on September 3 to open the year. UCSD went 2-0 against Pomona Pitzer in 2010, outscoring the Sagehens 24-16 in those two contests.
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