This is UCSD Welcome Week and UC San Diego Athletics is hosting a pre-game tailgate at Canyonview Pool East for all students Wednesday! The event is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. and roll into the start of the game against conference-rival LMU at 6 p.m. Students can enter the event through the Canyonview east side lawn. FREE pizza will be provided.
WELCOME WEEK T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY
UCSD STUDENTS - We are giving away 500 Triton gameday t-shirts Friday, September 29th at the men's soccer game against Cal Poly Pomona at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to get there early to grab your t-shirt and cheer on the Tritons!
UCSD fans flooded Canyonview during last year's Welcome Week matchup against LMU, with the event drawing 1,539 fans. UCSD is expecting a larger crowd this Wednesday, so be sure to arrive early!
LET ME IN
UCSD students are admitted free of charge to any home event. For other fans, tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door at Canyonview Aquatics Center.
• Overall: 4-10
• WWPA: 2-0
• Home: 1-3
• Road: 2-3
• Neutral: 1-4
• Against Ranked Teams: 1-11
• Current Streak: Lost 2
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE LIONS
UC San Diego is an impressive 57-25 all-time against LMU. UCSD defeated the Lions last Saturday at the MPSF Invite by a score of 8-5. Last season, the Tritons took down LMU in the regular-season (11-10) and in the WWPA semifinal game (8-7).
UCSD faced a challenging week in Los Angeles, playing five nationally-ranked
(as of Sept. 25)
1. UC San Diego 2-0, 4-10
2. UC Davis 1-0, 9-5
3. Loyola Marymount 1-0, 3-8
4. California Baptist 1-1, 7-5
5. Santa Clara 0-0, 4-5
6. Air Force 0-0, 2-8
7. Concordia 0-2, 6-5
8. Fresno Pacific 0-2, 1-5
Three Tritons have combined for 12
Cooper Milton (1)
9/2 vs. California (three goals)
Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt (6)
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)
9/23 vs. UC Davis (four goals)
9/24 vs. Princeton (four goals)
Arman Momdzhyan (5)
9/8 vs. Concordia Irvine (four goals)
9/9 vs. UC Irvine (three goals)
9/14 vs. Fresno Pacific (six goals)
9/23 vs. Loyola Marymount (four goals)
9/24 vs. Princeton (four goals)
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 34 and assists (11) on the season. He has also compiled 19 steals and has scored three or more goals in six 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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UC San Diego travels to Los Angeles for a WWPA contest against Loyola Marymount Friday, October 6 at 3 p.m. for its only game of the week.