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John Butler scored four times in UCSD's 16-15 win over Navy last Friday night.
UCSD Hosts WWPA Rival Loyola Marymount, Free Thundersticks for First 1,000 Fans
Release: Wednesday 09/21/2011 
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The first 1,000 fans to come out to Canyonview Pool for Thursday's contest men's water polo contest with Loyola Marymount will receive FREE THUNDERSTICKS to help cheer on the Tritons.

Match No. 9
No. 10 UCSD (7-1, 5-1) vs. No. 11 Loyola Marymount (4-2, 3-0)
Thursday, Sept. 22 - 6:00 p.m.
Canyonview Aquatic Center - La Jolla, Calif.

Match No. 10
No. 10 UCSD (7-1, 5-1) at No. 20 Air Force (3-4, 1-2)
Friday, Sept. 23 - 7:00 p.m.
Cadet Gym - Colorado Springs, Colo.

The first 1,000 fans to Thursday's UCSD-Loyola Marymount clash will receive FREE THUNDERSTICKS! Be sure to arrive early to help the Tritons take on their biggest WWPA rival. The match starts at 6:00 p.m. Attendance is expected top 1,700 spectators so be sure to arrive early to get your ‘STICKS! LMU, who has won the last four WWPA Championships, narrowly escaped Canyonview Pool with a 7-6 win over UCSD in the Triton Invitational on Labor Day weekend.

Cancer is a disease that affects millions of Americans each year. No one knows this better than the two head coaches of Thursday's UCSD-LMU contest, Denny Harper and John Loughran. Loughran and Harper have each successfully put their bouts with cancer in remission. Loughran's battle with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, was put into remission in July 2010. Harper underwent surgery for an Intraductal Papillary Carcinoma, commonly known as breast cancer, a month ago and his doctors have indicated that he has defeated 92-percent of the disease. The teams would like to use Thursday's match to help raise awareness of a disease that negatively affects so many. One of those affected is Harper's four-year-old nephew, Bode Paulsen. Bode recently participated in Camp Reach for the Sky- a local charity run by the American Cancer Society that helps provide a free summer camping experience for cancer patients and their siblings ages 4-18 around the San Diego and Imperial Counties. Bode has been battling Embryoneal Orbital Rhabdomyosarcoma and has been going through intensive chemotherapy for 21 weeks and radiation for five weeks. Donations from Thursday's contest will be used to help Bode and other children in Camp Reach for the Sky to have a memorable summer experiences.

UCSD made easy work of Whittier last Friday morning by taking down the Poets in the morning edition of UCSD's doubleheader. The Tritons held the Poets scoreless for the first 12 minutes of the game and used a first-half hat trick by Graham Saber to put themselves ahead 6-0 midway through the second quarter. Danny Lorch scored back-to-back goals to open the second half as the Tritons took an 11-2 lead into the final stanza. Cameron Ravanbach took over for David Morton in goal in the fourth quarter and promptly stopped the first three shots of his Triton career. Tyler Ranj added his first career goal less than a minute and a half into the fourth while fellow freshmen Joe Dietrich and Alec Williams also tallied fourth-quarter goals.

The Tritons sunk the Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy on Friday evening in come-from-behind fashion at Canyonview Pool, 16-15. Down by three in the fourth quarter, UCSD outscored Navy 6-3 in the final stanza to seal the victory. David Higginson scored the game-winning goal with 1:08 remaining in a game, tallying his first career score on a fast break off a quick restart by Brian Donohoe. Saber scored six times in the match while John Butler and Donohoe scored four and three goals, respectively. UCSD opened the match on a 6-0 run, but Navy caught-up to UCSD, 8-8, just over a minute into the third quarter. The Midshipmen scored six of the match's next 10 goals to take a 14-11 lead and had a chance to go up by four on a two-on-one fast break early in the fourth quarter. Higginson tracked-back to steal the ball, diluting Navy's chance on goal; UCSD would score the next time down the tank to start the Tritons' fourth-quarter comeback.

The Tritons' only loss in 2011 has come at the hands of Loyola Marymount during the final match of September 4's Triton Invitational. 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 David Morton 15 seconds later, but the Tritons would struggle to find the equalizer. After LMU increased its lead back to two, Matthew Michalko scored on a backhand to make it 7-6 with 86 seconds remaining. However, UCSD would run out of chances.

UCSD will face another test against a WWPA opponent on Friday night, as the Tritons travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. to take on Air Force. The Tritons took down the Falcons 9-4 at the Triton Invitational on September 3, fueled by a four-goal performance by Donohoe. Saber and Butler each scored a pair of goals in the match and Stiling added the final tally. Air Force is coming off a 1-3 weekend at the NorCal Tournament in Stockton, Calif. where they beat Vanguard but fell to UCLA, Concordia and Long Beach State.

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