Your Tritons are back! UC San Diego Men’s Lacrosse opens up conference play by dominating UC Irvine 17-6. UC San Diego plays within the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference of the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association in the southern divide (SLC South - MCLA D2). The Tritons need to end conference play within the top three of teams of the south, which includes USD, CSU San Marcos, Cal State Long Beach, and UC Irvine. This win puts the Tritons back on the road to the SLC Tournament.
Your Tritons came to eat and gorged themselves, winning every stat line in the game. The energy was up and the team was firing on all cylinders. On the offensive end the seniors Andy "Slippery" Moudakis (International Business UC San Diego '19) and Jake "Pahps" Cuffe (International Business UC San Diego '19) facilitated the team’s first half lead of 9-2. While sophomore Chris "TW" Nishimura (Math-Econ UC San Diego '21), junior Aditya "D2" Nag (Math-Econ UC San Diego '19), and junior Nolan "Ya Bud" Harris (Management Science UC San Diego '20) buried shots all night long.
Defensively the Triton's "Big Blocks" unit (Justin Norton, Matteo Leibman, Jacinto Jemenez, Gabriel Beal, Cole Barden, Tristan Kinney, Daniel Kubeck, and Liam Mathers) showed out. As a unit they only gave up 3 goals throughout the whole game, which is more impressive when you take into account who they went up against. UC Irvine came into this game with three players who tallied 40 or more points on the year, the best of which is on track to earn over 100 points in a season (currently 69 goals and 29 assists).
The best part of the game came in the second half when the Tritons began to empty the bench to get some well-deserved playing time to their second and third string players. With minutes given to Triton’s young freshman including midfielder Max Arias (Engineering UC San Diego '21), midfielder Giancarlo Amezcua (Chemical Engineering UC San Diego '21), midfielder Subba Duvuuvru (Bio-Premed UC San Diego '21), defenseman Barima Adusei (Engineering UC San Diego '21), and keeper Haoxuan "Bill" Cui (Engineering UC San Diego '21).
The Triton engine needs fuel to run and propel itself toward victory. The fuel in this game was supplied by junior faceoff specialist Taylor Gulrajani (Engineering UC San Diego '20) who won more than 90% of his draws throughout the game either outright or by technicality. His efforts gave UC San Diego the juice they needed to dominate the game.
Your Tritons look on to the most important game of the season. In which, UC San Diego will play a strong Cal State Long Beach team on Saturday the 6th of April at home.