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Men's Water Polo Dominates Concordia Irvine in Win

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IRVINE, Calif. – The University of California San Diego No. T-9 ranked men’s water polo team’s offensive firepower was on full display as the Tritons handled Concordia Irvine 20-8 in their first Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) win of the season. The Tritons improve to 3-2 overall while the Eagles fall to 1-4.

The Tritons are now 2-0 against WWPA opponents for the season. UC San Diego defeated last year’s WWPA runner-up UC Davis last weekend at the Triton Invitational in a non-conference game.

The offense scored 20 points for the first time this season and first time since Sept 28, 2018 when the Tritons defeated Air Force 20-12. Ten different Tritons scored in the contest while 13 recorded a point.

Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt led the offense and all scorers with five goals. Cooper Milton and Ty Matson each notched hat tricks with Matson recording a career high.

The Tritons played excellent man-down defense and held the Eagles to 1-for-11 on power plays. UC San Diego tallied 11 steals compared to Concordia Irvine’s six.

UC San Diego opened up the game with a 6-0 run which saw goals from five different players. A goal from Meesan Moore with seconds left in the quarter finally put Concordia on the board. The offense cooled off in the second quarter and only mustered two goals. But the defense stood tall and held the Eagles to a single goal.

The Tritons went on 4-1 run to start the third quarter. Both teams would trade goals the rest of the way with Karlo Krmek scoring in the final seconds of the third frame to put the Tritons up 13-5. UC San Diego would go on to score seven goals in the final quarter to put the game out of reach for the Eagles.

UC San Diego will compete in the Princeton Invitational this weekend Sept. 13-14.

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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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