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Freshman Brett Candioty.
No. 13 Tritons in Los Angeles For Five Games
Release: Wednesday 09/20/2017 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Game 10
vs. No. 2 Southern California (9-0, 1-0 MPSF)
Thursday, Sept. 21 • 5:00 p.m.
Uytengsu Aquatics Center • Los Angeles
Live Stats 

Game 11
vs. No. 5 Pacific (8-1, 0-0 GCC)
Friday, Sept. 22 • 4:00 p.m.
MPSF Tournament 
Burns Aquatic Center • Los Angeles
Live Stats

Game 12
vs. No. 4 UCLA/ No. 20 LMU
Saturday, Sept. 23 • TBD
MPSF Tournament 
Burns Aquatic Center/Uytengsu Aquatics Center
 • Los Angeles
Live Stats

Game 13
vs. TBD
Saturday, Sept. 23 • TBD
MPSF Tournament 
Burns Aquatic Center/Uytengsu Aquatics Center
 • Los Angeles
Live Stats

Game 14
vs. TBD
Sunday, Sept. 24 • TBD
MPSF Tournament 
Burns Aquatic Center/Uytengsu Aquatics Center
 • Los Angeles
Live Stats

Another tough week awaits the thirteenth-ranked UC San Diego (3-6, 2-0) as they take on two nationally-ranked top-five teams to begin a five-game weekend. The Tritons play No. 2 USC Thursday, September 21 at 5:00 p.m. for a single game before competing in the three-day Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament September 22-24. UCSD is set to take on No. 5 Pacific in its first game of the competition Friday, Sept. 22 at 4:00 p.m. The Tritons will play two games on Saturday and finish the weekend with one game on Sunday. All games will have live stats. 

NATIONAL RANKINGS
For full rankings click here.
• Preseason:  No. 12
• Sept. 6: No. 13
• Sept. 13: No. 13
• Sept. 20: No. 13

ABOUT THE OPPONENTS
• Southern California: Roster | Schedule/Results | Statistics
• Pacific: Roster | Schedule/Results | Statistics

UCSD ALL-TIME AGAINST THE OPPONENTS
• Southern California: 2-33 (.057); Last meeting: USC won 17-5 (9/14/13)
• Pacific: 5-4 (.555); Last meeting: Pacific won 13-1 (9/5/15)

TOURNAMENT OUTLOOK
The MPSF Tournament features 14 teams ranked in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) top 20 national weekly poll. The field of 16 includes No. 1 Cal, No. 2 USC, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Pacific, No. 6 Long Beach State, No. 7 UC Santa Barbara, No. 8 UC Davis, No. 9 Pepperdine, No. 10 UC Irvine, No. 12 Princeton, No. 13 UC San Diego, No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer and No. 20 Loyola Marymount. San Jose State is receiving votes and will also be in the tournament. 

WEEKLY REWIND
UCSD split a pair of games on a trip to Northern California last weekend. The Tritons earned their second WWPA win after a dominating performance over Fresno Pacific, defeating the Sunbirds by a score of 18-1 behind a career-high six goals from senior Arman Momdzhyan. Despite freshman Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt putting up a career-best six goals, UCSD could not slow down the California offense and dropped a 20-10 decision in Berkeley. 

UC San Diego 18, Fresno Pacific 1
California 20, UC San Diego 10 

WWPA STANDINGS
(as of Sept. 20)
1. UC San Diego 2-0, 3-6
2. UC Davis 1-0, 7-3
3. Loyola Marymount 1-0, 3-4
4. Santa Clara 0-0, 4-5
5. Air Force 0-0, 1-5
6. California Baptist 0-1, 6-4
7. Concordia 0-1, 6-4
8. Fresno Pacific 0-2, 1-5

HAT TRICKS
Three Tritons have combined for eight hat tricks:

Cooper Milton (1)
9/2 vs. California (three goals)

Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt (4)
9/2 vs. Chapman (three goals)
9/8 vs. Concordia Irvine (five goals)
9/9 vs. Pepperdine (three goals)
9/16 vs. California (six goals)

Arman Momdzhyan (3)
9/8 vs. Concordia Irvine (four goals)
9/9 vs. UC Irvine (three goals)
9/14 vs. Fresno Pacific (six goals)

SUDDEN IMPACT
Freshman Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt wasted no time making an immediate impact on the UCSD roster. The Newport Beach native leads the Tritons in goals with 22 on the season and is tied for first in assists (10). He has also compiled 14 steals and has scored three or more goals in four games. On Sept. 16, Turnbow-Lindenstadt produced a career and game-high six goals against No. 1 Cal. 

GET TO KNOW THE TRITONS 
Denny Harper, the 2016 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division II and Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Coach of the Year began his 38th year at the helm when the men’s water polo team opened its 2017 schedule this weekend by hosting the Triton Invitational. UCSD is coming off a 15-8 season in which it reached the championship game of the WWPA tournament for the sixth year in a row.

The Tritons will have big shoes to fill with the departure of two-time All-American utility Nick Alexander, as well as all-conference utility Andy Moore. UCSD also graduated utility players in Jack Ellinthorpe and Nassim Hmeidan.

UCSD welcomes 11 newcomers, nine being freshmen, to the team and return 16 players including senior All-American utility Arman Momdzhyan (44 goals, 10 assists and 10 steals in 2016), sophomore utility Skyler Munatones (34 goals, 26 assists and 15 steals), junior utility Kevin Asplund (14 goals, 5 assists and 21 steals).

Twenty-six of the 27 Tritons on the roster are California natives, with the exception of junior Alessandro Valania, who hails from Savona, Italy. Local products include Kacper Langiewicz (San Marcos/Mission Hills HS), Rich Farley (Vista/Palomar College/Carlsbad HS), Cooper Milton (San Diego/Cathedral Catholic HS), Collin Sullivan (Escondido/San Pasqual HS), Jack Ranj (San Diego/Westview HS) and Konstantin Karlov (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS).

WHAT THE COACHES THINK
The 12th-ranked Tritons were picked to finish second in the WWPA by the league's head coaches.

2017 WWPA Men’s Water Polo Preseason Coaches' Poll
Institution (First-Place Votes), Points
1. No. 9 UC Davis (5), 47
2. No. 12 UC San Diego (3), 45
T-3. No. 17 Loyola Marymount, 34
T-3. No. 16 California Baptist, 34
5. RV Air Force, 23
6. RV Santa Clara, 21
7. Concordia, 12
8. Fresno Pacific, 8

WWPA TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO LA JOLLA
UC San Diego will host the 2017 WWPA Tournament for the first time since 2011. The three-day tournament will take place November 17-19 at Canyonview Aquatic Center. Game times are TBD. 

SUMMER HOMEWORK
Junior goalkeeper Jack Turner earned a spot on the USA Men's National Team roster for a four-game series in California against Croatia, June 9-14. Turner was also selected as one of two goalkeepers on the U.S. roster for the 2017 World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan, but was unable to go due to injury.

HISTORY LESSON
The Tritons are 29-12 in season openers since the inception of the program in 1977. At the Triton Invitational, UCSD collected its 29th season-opening win with a 14-1 victory over Chapman. 

LAST SEASON
UCSD finished the 2016 season at 15-8 overall, highlighted by a runner-up performance in the WWPA Tournament. The Tritons, seeded second in the tournament with a 5-1 regular-season league record, defeated Fresno Pacific and Loyola Marymount to advance to the WWPA Championship game against UC Davis. UCSD battled with nationally-ranked No. 8 UC Davis but ultimately fell by a score of 12-8.

The Tritons beat seven teams ranked in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 poll throughout the course of the season.

Head coach Denny Harper was the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division II Coach of the Year, while senior Arman Momdzhyan was tabbed the Player of the Year.

HEAD COACH DENNY HARPER
UCSD head coach Denny Harper is in his 38th season leading the Tritons. He has compiled a career record of 631-464-4. An 18-time WWPA Coach of the Year and 14-time ACWPC National Coach of the Year honoree, Harper has led the Tritons to 18 WWPA titles and 14 appearances in the NCAA Championship. Last season, he was named the ACWPC Division II Coach of the Year, his sixth straight time earning that award.

GEAR UP
For the latest in Triton athletic gear, make sure to visit ucsdtritonsgear.com. Run by UCSD Athletics' online partner Advanced-Online, the site provides an on-demand option for Triton athletic apparel and merchandise. Fans have access to over 600 products that can be processed and shipped within 24 hours.

FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
Got some young Triton fans in your family? If they are eighth grade or under, check out the Junior Triton Club. Membership includes a free t-shirt, admission to over 100 UCSD home athletic events, and much more!

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LOOKING AHEAD
UC San Diego returns home for a key WWPA matchup against Loyola Marymount Wednesday, September 27 at 6 p.m. 


#AllForOne

Thursday, October 26
M Water Polo vs. Santa Clara
6:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, November 04
M Water Polo vs. UC Davis
4:00 PM
UC San Diego
Wednesday, November 08
M Water Polo at UC Irvine
7:00 PM
Irvine
Saturday, November 11
M Water Polo vs. Sunset San Diego
10:00 AM
UC San Diego
M Water Polo vs. San Francisco Olympic Club
12:00 PM
UC San Diego
Friday, November 17
M Water Polo vs. WWPA Tournament
TBA
UC San Diego
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