LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The 10th-ranked UC San Diego men's water polo team used a first quarter hat trick by Graham Saber
and a 5-0 run to put away Occidental 16-4 in Western Water Polo Association play on Saturday morning at Canyonview Pool.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Tritons, who improve to 12-7 overall and 10-3 in WWPA play. After picking up its first conference victory on Wednesday, Occidental drops to 4-16 overall and 1-8 in conference competition.
Saber and John Butler scored to give the Tritons a 2-0 lead in the first minute. Saber added another with 4:10 left to play in the opening frame before Oxy's Jack Stabenfeldt got the Tigers on the board on a 6-on-5 to make it 3-1. UCSD pushed it to 4-1 on Saber's third goal of the game, an off-speed floater that dipped over the goalkeeper's arm and in. The teams traded scores to leave it at 5-2 heading into the second quarter.
The Tritons shutout the Tigers for the next 11 minutes and scored five unanswered goals to put the match out of reach. Brian Donohoe, Joe Dietrich, Danny Lorch and Saber scored second-quarter goals to make it 9-2 at the break.
Saber tallied his fifth and final goal of the day to give the Tritons a 10-2 lead with 5:31 left in the third. Oxy finally stopped the Tritons' surge on its next possession, as Stabenfeldt registered his third goal of the contest. After the teams traded goals, Donohoe and Alex Williams scored with less than 1:30 left in the third to make it 13-4 heading into the final stanza.
Neither team could find the frame during the early part of the fourth quarter, but Chris Barton changed that with a shot from three meters out from directly in front of net to give the Tritons a 10-goal lead. Dietrich added another score and Josh Stiling got into the scoring act for UCSD as the Tritons shutout the Tigers in the fourth.
Cameron Ravanbach took over in the cage for David Morton in the fourth quarter and tallied a pair of saves. Morton had six stops on the day.
UCSD returns to Canyonview Pool Friday, October 28, as the Tritons take on No. 12 UC Davis at 6:00 p.m. UCSD downed UCD 11-10 in the ninth place game of the Socal Tournament on October 2.