UC San Diego cannot be beaten when they play in the Western Water Polo Association this season, and the Tritons moved to 4–0 in conference play with a solid 13–8 win over No. 17 California Baptist on Thursday evening. No. 12 UCSD moves to 7–10 overall and sits pretty atop the WWPA.
The Tritons relied on a golden trio of junior utility Kevin Asplund, senior utility Arman Momdzhyan, and freshman utility Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt, who each scored three goals to earn the win. They got off to a hot start and made the difference in the first half. At the end of the first quarter, the Tritons were up 5–1 and they added three goals in the second quarter to take an 8–3 lead into halftime. From that point on, UCSD was on cruise control, tying the Lancers in goals in the third and fourth quarter. To complete the scoring, junior utility Alessandro Valania added two goals and sophomore utilities Skyler Munatones and Noah Carniglia each had one.
UCSD dominated CBU in shots 33–26, and rode a good game by junior keeper Sam Thompson who saved 10 shots and had five steals on the night.
For the Lancers, redshirt junior goalie Matt Miller had 12 saves but could not give CBU the spark needed to come away with a win.
“We are super stoked to win on the road and very pleased to have a great start and establish some separation,” UCSD head coach Denny Harper told the Athletics Department. “It always helps when … three players have hat tricks and a solid game by Sam in goal.”
UC San Diego continues to play away from home on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at Long Beach State for a non-conference matchup.