Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
Junior Kevin Asplund had two goals on the day.
No. 13 UC San Diego Splits on Day Two of MPSF Invite
Release: Saturday 09/23/2017 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The thirteenth-ranked University of California San Diego men's water polo team split a pair of games against two Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) rivals on the second day of the Mountain Pacific Invitational, Saturday at Burns Recreation Center. UC San Diego downed No. 20 Loyola Marymount by a score of 8-5 before falling to No. 8 UC Davis, 18-8.

With the split, UCSD moves to 4-9 on the season. The Lions drop to 3-7 overall after falling to Air Force in their second game on Saturday. UC Davis improves to 9-4 after defeating Air Force this morning. 

GAME ONE - UC San Diego 8, Loyola Marymount 5
Solid defense and a strong second half propelled UCSD to an 8-5 victory over LMU. The Lions got on the board first, but freshman Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt added a quick goal to knot the game at one. LMU scored once more in the first frame to take its last lead of the game, 2-1. 

The Tritons shutout the Lions in the second quarter while junior Kevin Asplund notched a goal to make it a tied game going into the half.

UCSD outscored LMU 6-3 in the second half to seal the win. The Tritons notched four goals in third frame, taking their first lead of the game, 6-4. Senior Arman Momdzhyan had three goals while Turnbow-Lindenstadt added his second of the day. 

Momdzhyan tallied his fourth goal of the game in the final quarter while sophomore Noah Carniglia notched one. 

The Tritons outshot the Lions 36-23 and capitalized on 2-of-9 powerplay opportunites while LMU went 0-6 in extraman situations. 

As a team, UCSD compiled 13 steals with sophomore Skyler Munatones grabbing a team-best three. Junior Sam Thompson played the entire game in goal and tallied nine saves to go along with two steals. 

"We were certainly please to defeat our long time rival LMU," said head coach Denny Harper. "Anytime we play the Lions you can forget about rankings and we play them again this Wednesday at home".

GAME TWO - UC Davis 18, UC San Diego 8
The Aggie offense proved to be too much to handle, using a 34-23 shot advantage to cruise to a 10-goal victory. 

Turnbow-Lindenstadt had back-to-back goals to open up the first quarter but UCD scored six unanswered goals to go up, 9-2. The Newport Beach native added two more goals in the second frame, however UCSD trailed 11-4 at the half.

Junior Alessandro Valania, Asplund and Momdzhyan each netted a goal in the third frame while freshman Boris Rubel scored the Tritons's final goal on a powerplay with 1:30 left in the game. 

UCSD went 3-for-11 while UCSD finished 3-for-8 on powerplays.

Thompson had 10 saves in goal. The Aggies' Quigley made six stops. 

Turnbow-Lindenstadt tallied a team-best six goals on the day.

"Against UC Davis we had another poor overall defensive effort. Scoring eight goals was good however, giving up 18 goals was totally unacceptable," said Harper.

The Tritons are set to play in the 11th-place game against No. 12 Princeton on the final day of the MPSF Invitational Sunday, September 24th at 1 p.m. For the full tournament schedule click here

Triton Notes: UCSD is 0-2 against UCD this season after dropping an 11-5 decision to the Aggies at the Triton Invite (9/3) ... The Tritons are scheduled to play LMU twice more this season on Sept. 27 in La Jolla and Oct. 6 in Los Angeles ... Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt has a team-best seven goals at the MPSF Invite. 

UC San Diego 8, Loyola Marymount 5
UCSD         1          1          4          2          -           8
LMU           2          0          2          1          -           5

UCSD: Arman Momdzhyan 4, Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt 2, Kevin Asplund, Noah Carniglia

LMU: Zach Gleason, Neil LeVecke, Matt Braun, Jacob Markle, Alessio Brunocelli

UCSD: Sam Thompson 9

LMU: Dominick Beaudine 14

UC Davis 18, UC San Diego 8
UC Davis     5          6          4          3          -           18
UCSD          2          2          3          1          -           8

UCSD: Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt 4, Kevin AsplundArman Momdzhyan, Alessandro Valania, Boris Rubel.

UC Davis: Spencer Galli 4, Nick Coufal 3, Ido Goldschmidt 2, Holden Tamblyn 2, Marcus Anderson 2, Yurii Hanley, Colter Knight, Olson-Fabbro, Eric Martel, Cory Laidig.

UCSD: Sam Thompson 10

UC Davis: R.J. Quigley 6


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