LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 11th-ranked UC San Diego men's water polo team hosts 12th-ranked UC Davis in a critical Western Water Polo Association contest on Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Canyonview Pool.
Match No. 20
No. 10 UCSD (12-7, 10-3) vs. No. 12 UC Davis (20-7, 11-2)
Friday, October 28 - 6:00 p.m.
Canyonview Aquatic Center - La Jolla, Calif.
UCSD TO HOST 2011 WWPA MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS, NOVEMBER 17-20
The UCSD men's water polo team will host the 2011 WWPA Men's Championships at Canyonview Aquatic Center, November 17-20. For all information on the WWPA Championships, visit Tournament Central.
SENIOR DAY SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
UCSD has three home matches remaining before hosting the WWPA Championships. The Tritons will host their final home contest at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 6 against UCLA. Prior to the match, UCSD will honor four seniors for their years of service to the men's water polo program- William Brown, Matt Kerchner, David Morton and Graham Saber. Be sure to arrive early to catch the ceremony.
UC Davis comes into Friday's clash equipped with the highest overall win percentage (.741, 20-7) in the WWPA and the most amount of wins against WWPA opponents (11-2). However, UCSD has already beaten UCD once this season at the Socal Invitational in Long Beach on October 2. If the Tritons were to take down the Aggies again on Friday at Canyonview, it may give UCSD an inside edge for the No. 2 seed for the WWPA Championships. UCSD might have a tough time convincing the WWPA that it should be worthy of a No. 1 seed due to a 1-3 record this season against No. 10 Loyola Marymount. But, if UCSD were to win on Friday night, a 2-0 record against UCD during the regular season may be the edge the Tritons need come postseason play. UCD and LMU play on Saturday in Los Angeles.
A LOOK BACK
UCSD topped UC Davis for ninth place at the Socal Tournament on October 2 in Long Beach. The teams traded the lead three times in the opening quarter and matched each other at the half, 6-6. Matthew Michalko then gave the Tritons the lead for good with 5:32 remaining in the third and Graham Saber scored his third goal of the match to make it 11-8 less than a minute into the fourth quarter. The Aggies would get a pair back to bring it within one, but UCSD forced a turnover and drew an ejection in the final minute to let the clock run out while leading 11-10. The loss marked UCD's first conference blemish in 2011. UCD is 4-2 overall since that game and is coming off of four straight wins over Harvard, Bucknell, Air Force and Brown at The Rodeo last weekend in Santa Clara.
ON THE RUN
The Tritons jumped out to an early lead last Friday against Loyola Marymount at Canyonview and led the Lions 5-2 with 6:17 left in the second quarter. However, LMU used a 12-3 run to overtake the Tritons, 14-10. Down by three in the second, the Lions rattled off four unanswered goals before Josh Stiling brought UCSD level with less than a minute left to make it 6-6 at the half. Each team scored after the break before the Lions went on to add another four unanswered goals to give LMU an 11-7 lead with seven minutes remaining in the match. Brian Donohoe tallied his second goal of the game on UCSD's next possession to make the deficit three, but the Lions scored three more in a row to take a 14-8 lead with 3:30 left. Danny Lorch and Dane Sequeira registered goals in the waning minutes for the Tritons.
TRITONS SHOW mOXY
UCSD rebounded from Friday's tough loss to LMU with an easy win over Occidental on Saturday morning. In front of hundreds of alumni in town for Homecoming Weekend, Graham Saber scored five goals and the Tritons went on a 5-0 run between the second and third quarters to easily handle the Tigers, 16-4. Up 5-2 in the second frame, UCSD held Oxy scoreless for the next 11 minutes while Donohoe, Lorch, Saber and Joe Dietrich scored to make it 9-2 at the break. Alec Williams and Chris Barton added goals in the win. Oxy is in 11th place in the WWPA with a 4-17 overall and 1-9 conference mark.