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UC San Diego has a perfect 5-0 record in conference play.
No. 13 UCSD Looks to Remain Perfect in WWPA, Hosts No. 20 Santa Clara Thursday
Release: Wednesday 10/25/2017 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Game 20
vs. No. 20 Santa Clara (6-11, 1-2 WWPA)
Thursday, Oct. 26 • 6:00 p.m.
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla
Live Stats • Live Video Tickets 

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.

WATCH IT LIVE
You can watch this week’s game live online featuring Ted Mendenhall and women's water polo head coach Brad Kreutzkamp on the call for $5.99. To watch the game, click here.

UCSD NATIONAL RANKINGS
For full rankings click here.
• Preseason:  No. 12
• Sept. 6: No. 13
• Sept. 13: No. 13
• Sept. 20: No. 13
• Sept. 27: No. 13
• Oct. 4: No. 12
• Oct. 11: No. 12
• Oct. 18: No. 13
• Oct. 25: No. 13

UCSD RECORDS
• Overall: 8-11
• WWPA: 5-0
• Home: 3-3
• Road: 4-4
• Neutral: 1-4
• Against Ranked Teams: 3-12
• Current Streak: Won 1

ABOUT SANTA CLARA
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 6-11
• WWPA: 1-2
• Home: 2-4
• Road: 0-4
• Neutral: 4-3
• Current Streak: Lost 2
• National Ranking: 20

ALL-TIME AGAINST THE BRONCOS
UC San Diego holds a 43-3 advantage all-time against Santa Clara. The Tritons escaped with a narrow 11-10 victory over the Broncos last season. Santa Clara is currently in fourth-place in the WWPA standings with a 1-2 conference record.  

PERFECT RECORD
A win on Thursday would give UCSD its sixth-straight WWPA victory. The Tritons are a perfect 5-0 this season in conference play with wins against Loyola Marymount, Concordia Irvine, Fresno Pacific, Air Force and California Baptist. UCSD holds a one-game lead over UC Davis atop the conference standings. 

WEEKLY REWIND
UCSD split a pair of games last week. The Tritons took eighth-ranked Long Beach State into double sudden death, fourth overtime before falling, 11-10, last Wednesday in Long Beach. On Friday, UCSD welcomed WWPA-rival Air Force to Canyonview, earning a 16-6 win and its fifth-straight conference victory. 

No. 8 LBSU 11, No. 13 UCSD 10 (2SD OT)
No. 13 UCSD 16, Air Force 6

WWPA STANDINGS
(as of Oct. 25)
1. UC San Diego 5-0, 8-11
2. UC Davis 4-0, 16-5
3. Concordia 3-2, 9-8
4. Santa Clara 1-2, 6-11
5. Loyola Marymount 1-2, 6-14
6. California Baptist 1-3, 17-12
7. Air Force 1-3, 5-12
8. Fresno Pacific 0-4, 6-14

HAT TRICKS
Four Tritons have combined for 20 hat tricks:

Kevin Asplund (2)
9/27 vs. Loyola Marymount (three goals)
10/12 vs. California Baptist (three goals)

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

Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt (8)
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)
10/12 vs. California Baptist (three goals)
10/18 vs. Long Beach State (four goals)

Arman Momdzhyan (9)
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)
10/6 vs. Loyola Marymount (five goals)
10/12 vs. California Baptist (three goals)
10/20 vs. Air Force (four goals)

TEAM LEADERS
• Goals: Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt and Arman Momdzhyan, 44
• Assists: Skyler Munatones, 14
• Points (Goals + Assists): Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 57
• Steals: Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 29
• Saves: Sam Thompson, 165

AMOUNGST THE WWPA
Goals
T-3. Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt and Arman Momdzhyan, 44

Points
7. Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 57

Saves
3. Sam Thompson, 165

Steals
T-3. Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 29
T-10. Noah Carniglia and Cooper Milton, 24

MOMDZHYAN NAMED WWPA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior utility Arman Momdzhyan was named the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 11. Momdzhyan scored a game-high five goals to lead No. 12 UC San Diego to a 12-8 win over league-rival Loyola Marymount. The victory was UCSD’s third of the season against LMU and its third-straight in conference play. With the effort, Momdzhyan earned his seventh hat trick in 2017. The Glendale product finished with a .714 shooting percentage and tallied two steals. This marks Momdzhyan’s second time earning the conference honor after receiving the weekly recognition during the 2016 season.

SUDDEN IMPACT
Freshman Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt wasted no time making an immediate impact on the UCSD roster. The Newport Beach native is tied for first on the roster in goals with 44 and leads the Tritons in steals (29).  He has also compiled 12 assists and has scored three or more goals in eight 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.

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LOOKING AHEAD
UC San Diego hosts UC Davis Saturday, November 4th in its final regular-season home contest. The game is set to start at 4 p.m. at Canyonview Aquatic Center. The Tritons will honor three outstanding senior players before the match. 


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