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Junior Sam Thompson leads the WWPA in saves with 122 on the season.
UCSD Looks to Stay Undefeated in WWPA With Road Game Against LMU
Release: Thursday 10/05/2017 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Game 16
vs. RV Loyola Marymount (3-10, 1-0 WWPA)
Friday, Oct. 6 • 3:00 p.m.
Burns Aquatic Center • Los Angeles
Live Stats Live Video

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

UCSD RECORDS
• Overall: 5-10
• WWPA: 2-0
• Home: 2-3
• Road: 2-3
• Neutral: 1-4
• Against Ranked Teams: 2-11
• Current Streak: Won 1

ABOUT LMU
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 3-10
• WWPA: 1-0
• Home: 0-5
• Road: 1-2
• Neutral: 2-3
• Current Streak: Lost 6

ALL-TIME AGAINST THE LIONS
UC San Diego is an impressive 58-25 all-time against LMU.

GOING FOR THREE
A win on Friday would give the Tritons a 3-0 record against the Lions this season. UCSD beat LMU on two separate occasions including a 15-5 victory last Wednesday at Canyonview Aquatic Center in front of a home crowd of 1,498. The Tritons also downed LMU by a score of 8-5 at the MPSF Invitational. 

WEEKLY REWIND
Seven different Tritons scored goals in last week's 10-goal victory over Loyola Marymount, including Kevin Asplund (three goals), Arman Momdzhyan (three), Skyler Munatones (two), Jack Ranj (two), Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt (two), Alessandro Valania (two) and Collin Sullivan (one). Junior Sam Thompson made 12 saves for a .705 save percentage. 

UCSD 15, LMU 5 

WWPA STANDINGS
(as of Oct. 4)
1. UC Davis 2-0, 10-5
2. UC San Diego 2-0, 5-10
3. Loyola Marymount 1-0, 3-10
4. California Baptist 1-1, 13-6
5. Concordia 1-1, 7-5
6. Santa Clara 0-1, 4-6
7. Air Force 0-1, 2-9
8. Fresno Pacific 0-3, 3-8

HAT TRICKS
Four Tritons have combined for 14 hat tricks:

Kevin Asplund (1)
9/27 vs. Loyola Marymount (three goals)

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 (6)
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)
9/27 vs. Loyola Marymount (three goals)

TEAM LEADERS
• Goals: Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 36
• Assists: Skyler Munatones, 17
• Points (Goals + Assists: Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 47
• Steals: Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 24
• Saves: Sam Thompson, 122

AMOUNGST THE WWPA
Goals
2. Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 36

Points
T-4. Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 47

Saves
1. Sam Thompson, 122

Steals
3. Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 32

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 36  and steals (24) on the season.  He has also compiled 11 assists 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. 

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. 

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

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
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FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
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LOOKING AHEAD
UC San Diego continues WWPA play on the road when it travels to Riverside for a conference game against California Baptist Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 p.m.   


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