Tritons Shine Against Air Force to Remain Undefeated in Conference
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. T-9 University of California San Diego men’s water polo team put on a show at Canyonview Aquatic Center and toppled Air Force 14-9. The Tritons improve to 18-5 on the season, 6-0 in the Western Water Polo Association and extend their win streak to 11 games.
Skyler Munatones shined for the Tritons and put up four goals, an assist and two steals. His first three goals came in the first half to put the Tritons up 6-3 at the half.
The Triton’s man-down defense played excellently and held the Falcons to 4-for-11. Air Force was limited to 22 shots during the contest and scored three of their goals on penalty opportunities. Jackson Ranj had one of the best individual efforts with four steals.
UC San Diego got up early and never relinquished their early momentum. After going up 3-1 in the first quarter, the Tritons were able to extend their lead thanks to two power player goals. The Tritons put the game out of reach in the third quarter and outscored Air Force 4-2. The run was highlighted by a slam dunk goal from Calder Hilde-Jones.
The Tritons will have one last road test before conference championship. They will play No. 8 Long Beach State on Wednesday, October 30.
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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, beginning in summer 2020, will begin a full Division I and Big West Conference schedule and a 4-year reclassification period to Division I status. 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 - the highest rate among NCAA Division II institutions for the second straight year. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, nearly 1,400 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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