Pacific Coast/Southwest Division Championships
On Halloweekend in Tuscon Arizona, Men’s Water Polo competed in the Southwest/Pacific Coast Divisional Championship Tournament. Battling their way through the 3 rounds of competition and many scheduling/logistical issues, the team emerged as the Pacific Coast Regional Champions! This victory marks the team's 3rd consecutive regional title, and secures their spot to the national tournament!
Overall the Tritons performed outstanding with a few key individuals displaying an enormous amount of grit, determination, and skill. Senior Thomas Winham, starting goalie, had 5 shut-out quarters in the span of only 3 games! First-year Transfer Weston Restad, even though overcoming an injury, scored 3 goals in the championship game including two in overtime, making him one of the lead scorers for the tournament.
UCSD vs. Cal Poly: Quarter Finals
After securing a first round bye, the Tritons faced off against Cal Poly B in the Quarter Finals. Although a tenacious team in the first period, the team swiftly took control in the second and third quarters, shutting them out completely. The team never looked back, cruising to a 11-7 victory.
UCSD vs. SDSU: Semi-Finals
After winning the quarter-finals, UCSD was prepared to take on our cross-town rivals, SDSU in the semi-finals. The Halloween spirit, however, presented itself in this game when the referees determined it was too spooky to play that night, rescheduling the game for early the next morning. UCSD’s two veteran strong side attackers, Senior Andy Schade and Grad Graham McClone, started off the game with a quick steal and goal combo to jump out to an early lead. State fired back, leaving us only with a one goal lead by the end of the first quarter. We ran away with the game after that with another two shutout quarters. First-year Transfer Jackson Cassidy boosted the defense, iron-manning the last 3 quarters of the match. At game's end, the final score was 11-7 UCSD for the victory.
UCSD vs. UCLA: Finals
Making it to the finals, we prepared to go against UCLA, who had had an upset victory against Southwest Division's number one seeded USC. UCLA started hot, scoring three goals in a row to take the lead. Tritons shortly followed with five unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead going into the fourth quarter. UCLA managed to put away 2 more goals to tie it up by the end of regulation, bringing the game in overtime. In overtime we quickly took a two goal lead off shots from Restad and Sophomore Max Black. UCLA scored one more goal, but the Tritons fired back with two more to seal the 9-6 victory and the regional title.