Men's Water Polo Wraps Up Day Two of Triton Invite
LA JOLLA, CALIF. – The Tritons wrapped up the second day of competition at the Triton Invitational at Canyonview Aquatic Center. University of California San Diego. The Tritons picked up a 12-8 win over #10 UC Davis before falling to #T-7 Pepperdine 11-8.
UC San Diego finished the weekend 2-2 overall and sixth in the Triton Invitational.
VS UC DAVIS
The Tritons had another well rounded performance with 11 different players recording a point. Jack Turner recorded double-digit saves for the second time in the tournament and finished the day with 13 saves to go with three steals.
The Aggies scored back-to-back goals. Five different Tritons scored during a 5-0 run to claim the lead. UC Davis’s Michael Plastino scored on a power play with 14 seconds left in the first quarter to stop the Triton’s run and end the quarter at 5-3.
Goals from Cooper Milton and Connor Turnbow- Lindenstadt put the Tritons up by four but the Aggies responded with a pair of their own to keep it a two-point game. Myles Martinez scored his second goal of the game but UC Davis scored right before the half to bring the score to 8-6.
The Aggies opened the second half with a goal in the first minute, but the Tritons outscored them 4-1 to close out the game.
Both teams traded blows early in the first quarter. Pepperdine took advantage of power plays to take the 4-3 lead going into the second quarter.
The Waves scored on another power play to extend the lead to 5-3 in the second quarter. After struggling to get the offense going for most of the quarter, Cooper Milton found the back of the net with 1:41 left in the half. Pepperdine responded with a goal to keep the two-point cushion going into the second half.
The Tritons outscored Pepperdine 2-1 in the third quarter but the waves opened up the fourth quarter with a 3-0 run to take a 10-6 lead with 4:21 remaining. Pepperdine was able to use the cushion to preserve the win.
The Tritons have a busy week ahead. They will play at Concordia Irvine September 11 at 1:30 PM. UC San Diego will then travel to Princeton to compete in the Princeton Invitational September 13-14.
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