No. 12 Tritons Conclude Regular Season at No. 6 UC Irvine on Wednesday
UC San Diego will cap its regular season on the road with a final game at sixth-ranked UC Irvine. The Tritons host Sunset San Diego Club and San Francisco Olympic Club for two exhibition games this Saturday in preparation for the upcoming Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships that take place Nov. 17-19 at Canyonview Aquatic Center in La Jolla.
UCSD NATIONAL RANKINGS
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• 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
• Nov. 1: No. 12
• Overall: 9-12
• WWPA: 6-1
• Home: 4-4
• Road: 4-4
• Neutral: 1-4
• Against Ranked Teams: 4-13
• Current Streak: Lost 1
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE ANTEATERS
The Tritons are 12-47 all-time against UCI. The two teams have played each other twice this season with the Anteaters winning on both occasions by scores of 13-2 and 12-7, respectively.
UC San Diego dropped its first conference game of the season, suffering a 15-12 defeat to No. 9 UC Davis. With the win, the Aggies were crowned the WWPA regular season champions and earned the No. 1 seed at the upcoming WWPA Tournament. UCSD will be the No. 2 seed.
FINAL 2017 WWPA STANDINGS
1. UC Davis, 7-0
2. UC San Diego, 6-1
3. California Baptist, 4-3
3. Concordia, 4-3
5. Air Force, 3-4
6. Santa Clara, 2-5
6. Loyola Marymount, 2-5
8. Fresno Pacific, 0-7
Four Tritons have combined for 22 hat tricks:
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 (11)
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)
10/26 vs. Santa Clara (four goals)
11/4 vs. UC Davis (five goals)
T-9. Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 61
T-4. Sam Thompson, 180
T-9. Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, 29
MOMDZHYAN EARNS MULTIPLE WWPA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Senior utility Arman Momdzhyan was named the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 11 and the week of Nov. 2.
His first weekly award came after he 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.
His tallied his second WWPA honor after scoring four goals, leading UCSD to a 13-9 victory over Santa Clara. With the win, UCSD extended its undfeated conference record to six games.
HAT TRICK HERO
Senior Arman Momdzhyan has earned a hat trick in seven of the last eight games, collecting a team-best 11 on the season. Momdzhyan is averaging 3.12 goals per games and leads UCSD with a total of 53.
Freshman Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt wasted no time making an immediate impact on the UCSD roster. The Newport Beach native is second on the roster in goals with 47 and leads the Tritons in steals (29). He has also compiled 13 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. Four games will be played all three days with the championship game slated for Sunday, Nov. 19.
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
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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UCSD will play two exhibitions against Sunset San Diego and San Francisco Olympic Club on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., respectively, to gear up for the postseason. The Tritons host the WWPA Championship, Nov. 17-19, in La Jolla for an opportunity to advance to the NCAA Championship.