Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
John Butler's 23 assists this season are fifth-best in the Western Water Polo Association.
No. 10 UCSD Faces No. 11 LMU Friday, Hosts Occidental on Saturday
Release: Thursday 10/20/2011 
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No 10 UC San Diego men's water polo team faces No. 11 Loyola Marymount on Friday evening in Los Angeles before hosting Occidental at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at Canyonview Pool.

Match No. 18
No. 10 UCSD (11-6, 9-2) at No. 11 Loyola Marymount (10-6, 7-1)
Friday, October 21 - 3:00 p.m.
Burns Center - Los Angeles, Calif.

Match No. 19
No. 10 UCSD (11-6, 9-2) vs. Occidental (4-15, 0-6)
Saturday, October 22 - 11:00 a.m.
Burns Center - Los Angeles, Calif.

The UCSD men's water polo team will host the 2011 Western Water Polo Association Men's Championships at Canyonview Aquatic Center November 17-20. For all information on the WWPA Championships, visit Tournament Central.

It's UCSD Homecoming Weekend 2011 for Triton Alumni, October 21-23. There are various events throughout the weekend for alumni of UCSD's 23 intercollegiate athletic teams, including a Homecoming BBQ on Saturday at noon at Triton Track & Field Stadium. There will also be a Championship Brunch on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the Price Center East Ballroom where UCSD Athletics will honor the 1981 Women's Volleyball National Champions, 1991 Men's Soccer National Champions, 1992 Women's Water Polo National Champions and 2001 Women's Soccer National Champions. For more information on the entire weekend, click here.

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UCSD and LMU will face off for the fourth time already this season on Friday, October 21 at the Burns Center in Los Angeles. The Lions took the first two contests between the teams, downing the Tritons 7-6 in the final match of the Triton Invitational on September 4 before taking a 12-10 victory from the Tritons on September 22 at Canyonview Pool. UCSD rebounded nicely in the latest contest between the squads on October 2 at the Socal Tournament in Long Beach; the Tritons raced out to a 6-1 lead at halftime and never looked back in their 9-5 victory over the four-time defending WWPA Champions. Graham Saber registered a hat trick and Matthew Michalko added two goals in the win. The match remains LMU's only conference loss in 2011. LMU senior Edgaras Asajavicius scored four goals in the Lions' win over Air Force on Oct. 14 to earn WWPA Player of the Week honors for Oct. 19. He added two steals and two assists in the win and now has 34 goals, 20 assists and 27 steals on the season. He leads the Lions in all three categories.

UCSD welcomes the WWPA's bottom-dweller, Occidental, to Canyonview Pool on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The Tigers snapped a five-match losing streak on Wednesday evening by taking down Whittier 15-14 at home. The victory marked the Tigers' first win since October 7 and was their first win the WWPA. Joe Reynolds and Jack Stabenfeldt paced Oxy against the Poets with four goals apiece. The Tigers led 13-7 heading into the fourth quarter, but Whitter exploded with a 5-0 run to cut Oxy's lead to 15-13 with two minutes to play. However, the Poets ran out of time down the stretch, scoring a final time in the last 30 seconds before the Tigers ran down the clock with a one-goal lead.

UC San Diego was less than 10 seconds away from taking down its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent this season, but No. 12 Long Beach State rallied for two late goals to take a 9-8 overtime win in non-conference play at Campus Pool last Wednesday afternoon. Josh Stiling broke a 7-7 tie to give UCSD the lead by one with 3:34 remaining in the match. UCSD would hold that lead until the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter, when Nick Rascon scored out of a 49er timeout with seven seconds to play to force overtime. LBSU notched the game-winner a minute and half into the first overtime as the Tritons were unable to score in the extra period. UCSD set season-highs for ejections (13) and ejections drawn (12) in the loss.

UCSD trailed by one twice in the final quarter last Friday night against fifth-ranked UC Santa Barbara, but could not come through with the tying score. Down three in the third quarter, the Stiling and John Butler scored in succession to bring UCSD within one with just over a minute left in the frame. David Morton followed with a huge save on a Gaucho penalty shot to keep the score at 7-6 heading into the final stanza. After the teams traded a pair of goals, Saber scored a monster goal out of a UCSD timeout to make it 9-8 in favor of UCSB with 32 seconds left, but it was too little, too late as the Gauchos were able to run the clock all the way down on its final possession. With Morton out of the cage on the final play, Brian Shoemaker scored on the empty net to cap off the victory for the Gauchos, 10-8.

Saber ‘s 49 goals are second-most in the WWPA behind UC Davis' Aaron Salit's 54 scores ... Brian Donohoe sits third in the conference in assists with 27 while John Butler is fifth with 23 ... David Morton's 145 saves this season are third-most in the conference ... This season, Morton has increased his school record to 981 career saves and needs 19 more to become the first UCSD player to reach 1,000 ... UCSD is on its first three-match losing streak since September 11-18, 2010 ... Saber leads all Tritons with seven goals against LMU this season. He has recorded hat tricks in each of the last two matches between the teams ... LMU and UCSD are both 5-for-24 against each other in 6-on-5 situations this season. LMU was 0-for-5 with a man-advantage on September 22 ... Donohoe has seven assists against LMU this season, while Butler has tallied six steals ... UCSD has three remaining home matches after the Occidental match- 10/29/11 vs. UC Davis, 11/4/11 vs. Santa Clara and 11/6/11 vs. UCLA.

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