Tritons Place Second in Southwest Regional Final

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

This Halloween weekend the UCSD Men’s Water Polo Club Team competed in the Southwest Regional Championship Tournament hoping for a birth in the Collegiate Water Polo Association National Championships. The Tritons went in to the tournament ranked third, needing to win three games to come in first place in the region. With the tall feat ahead of them, the Tritons did not let this or the spooky weekend holiday strike fear in themselves and arrived at the University of California Irvine ready to compete.

First up the Tritons faced the sixth ranked University of San Diego Torreys. The Tritons came out ready to go, and quickly put a large gap between them and the Torreys on the scoreboard. A counter attacked fueled offense and a strong team defense resulted in the Tritons winning 14-3. Sophomores Mackenzie Cottle and Sean Kim fueled the offense with several goals each from the perimeter, while Freshmen Joshua Wang provided five of his own goals from the two-meter position. On the defensive end, Senior Andrew Golyer and Junior J.J. Kadifa played excellent two-meter defense, allowing none of the three Torreys’ goals to come from the center. With this confidence coming from the victory the Tritons moved on to the regional semi-final.

The next opponent for the Tritons was the second ranked Arizona State University Sun Devils. Tensions were high for the tough match up, judging by what had happened earlier that season when the Tritons lost in an overtime match. Both teams came out strong, ending the first quarter tied one-one. After the first quarter, while the Tritons started to find the back of the net, the Sun Devils could not. The Sun Devils would only go on to score two more points the whole match, while the Tritons tallied eleven more for a final score of 12-3. Senior Bryan Lee and Junior Jacob Stupin lead the offense, each having several goals apiece, several of them coming from defensive steals that lead to self-made opportunities for goals that were finished with precision and skill. Senior Captain Frederick Ferrer lead the defense from the two-meter guard position that only allowed two more goals the whole game. On the few occasions that the Triton defense fell short, Senior goalie Gio Goggia provided the last line of defense, adding double digit saves to his tally. The Tritons continued on to the final championship match filled to the brim with confidence.

For the final, the Tritons were to face the number one ranked San Diego State University Aztecs. The greatest challenge of the weekend, as the Tritons had lost the same match up twice before this season. Not to be daunted, the Tritons started the game on a gloomy, rainy Sunday in complete mental focus and at peak physical readiness for the Aztecs. The Tritons knew that the game would be won by the team with the stronger defense. However, the Aztecs were thinking the same thing and came out ready to execute. It was a storm for a hard fought, aggressive, low scoring and exciting game. After allowing to be scored on first, the Tritons were able to answer back at the end of the first quarter with an inside drive from Junior Austin Norris, who finished and tied the game at one apiece. The second quarter started and the Aztecs put away a 2-meter goal to go up by one early in the second. After a bit of a goal drought for both teams, Senior Nick Ratekin earned a point for the Tritons after scrapping at two meters to put away a loose ball that the goalie had attempted to come out and steal from him. The halftime whistle sounded, and the score remained 2-2.

The Aztecs came out in the third quarter determined. After earning two penalties within the first half of the third quarter and putting away one of them, as well as earning a counter attack goal, the Tritons found themselves in a two goal deficit for almost the entirety of the third quarter until the very end. Junior Austin Norris stepped up again, putting away an outside shot on a man up advantage to get within one of the Aztecs. However, the Aztecs earned another penalty call on a counter opportunity that they put away decisively. The Tritons went into the fourth quarter down by two. The start of the fourth quarter did not bode much better for the Tritons, as the Aztecs scored early in the quarter to go up by three. Senior Captain Travis Knight was able to respond back the next possession with a post-up step out shot from the two post. Unfortunately, this was the last time either team scored, leaving the Tritons on the wrong side of a 6-4 final score. Despite several more solid attempts, the Tritons were not able to catch up with the Aztecs, and just fell short of the Regional title.

After a tough start to the season, the Tritons came a long way since the beginning of September. They came together as a team, set a goal for themselves, and worked very hard to try and achieve that goal. While they fell short in the end, they showed great growth, commitment, companionship, and heart. The Tritons finished the season 7-4 and second in Southwest Region of the Collegiate Water Polo Association.

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Emotions Run High as Seniors Play Last Games in San Diego

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

The weekend started off with a bang as the UC San Diego Men’s Club Water Polo Team took on their cross-town rivals San Diego State University. While ultimately falling to the Aztecs 9-6, the Tritons kept the game close, trading goals up until the last few minutes. Nicholas “Landslide” Ratekin was the lead scorer while Gio “Big Spoon” Goggia and co-captain Frederick “Little Spoon” Ferrer held down the defensive end. Unfortunately, the Tritons could not put some key goals away and went home with a loss.

The second game of the day had the Tritons taking on the University of Arizona Wildcats. Both teams had a tough time on offense, and this game was a hard fought defensive game. New addition Austin “Chuck” Norris and sophomore Billy “Goat” Cranshaw lead the team in scoring to bring the Tritons to a 6-5 win against the Wildcats. This brought the Tritons to a 2-0 record against the Wildcats, the team that ultimately knocked them out of the Regional tournament last season.

The next day brought the Tritons their first matchup against the UC Irvine Anteaters for the season. Co-captain Travis “Day and” Knight and Jacob “Cannon” Stupin helped the team cruise to an easy 10-5 win. Jacob found this game very personal as his younger brother James was on the opposing team. This helped Jacob to be the leading scorer out of both this team. This will ultimately be the only matchup between the Tritons and their fellow UC.

The last game of the tournament brought the Tritons against the University of San Diego Torreros. The Torreros had no subs so the Tritons took full advantage of this opportunity and used their deep bench to defeat the Torreros 10-3. Freshmen Joshua “The Big” Wang and Dan “Vampire” Metzler played very well showing a lot of promise for the future of this program. Kyler “Backpack” Gleason also pulled a few tricks out of his bag and had a couple of goals. Ultimately leaving the weekend with 3-1 record, the Tritons will be hard at work for the next three weeks as they have their regional tournament on Halloween Weekend.

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Triton’s Struggle for Success in Arizona Continues in the Sun Devil Pool

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

The UC San Diego Men’s club water polo team traveled to Arizona State University this weekend to compete in the first tournament for the Southwest division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association. After losing a heartbreaking sudden death defeat in the regional semi-final last year to the University of Arizona, the UCSD Tritons returned to Arizona with high hopes of starting the season off right and avenging last year’s losses.

 

Unfortunately, things would not go as smoothly as the Tritons would have hoped. The first of four games was against host team ASU Sun Devils. The Sun Devils jumped out to an early two goal lead on the Tritons by the end of the first quarter. Not to be left behind, the Tritons rallied back with a high motion offense lead by senior captain Travis Knight to tie the score at half. The Tritons continued to put the pressure on the Sun Devils, with sophomore Billy Cranshaw and freshmen Joshua Wang tallying several points. With time winding down in the fourth quarter and the Tritons up by one, things looked promising. However, the Sun Devils were not done yet. After forcing the Triton shot clock to expire, the Sun Devils put away the equalizer on a counter attack that sent the game into overtime. Overtime saw both teams struggling to gain control, each team only scoring one point. The game carried on into sudden death, with both teams tired from over a half hour of full on play. While the Sun Devils won the sprint, the Tritons quickly forced a turnover and started a last attempt to win the game. Senior Bryan Lee drew a decisive ejection, giving the Tritons the chance they needed. However, a fumbled pass saw that opportunity turn into one for the Sun Devils, who drew an ejection of their own in transition against the scrambling Tritons. The Sun Devils would not fumble their passes, and buried their man up opportunity, giving the Tritons their first loss of the season, 12-11.

 

With memories of last year’s sudden death lost bubbling to the surface of the Tritons’ minds after suffering yet another one, the Tritons next opponent was the number one ranked team in the nation, the San Diego State University Aztecs. The clouded minded Tritons once again faced an early 2-0 deficit to the Aztec counter attack machine. Despite their previous loss, the Tritons would not give up that easily. The Tritons battled back, with excellent post ups from junior Jacob Stupin and senior Patrick Harding. While the Tritons tied the game at three apiece in the second quarter, the Aztecs held a two goal lead going into the second half. It was at this point the fatigue from the previous game started to wear on the Tritons. The Aztecs continued to press their advantage, slowly expanding their lead. The gassed UCSD team could not keep up, eventually losing the game 12-7.

 

Despite having one of the worst starts to a season in recent UCSD club history, the Tritons came back on Sunday with a new game plan and a new attitude for a new day. With the previous day’s struggle in the past, the Tritons faced the team who had dealt them such a crushing defeat the previous season, the University of Arizona Wildcats. In a primarily defensive battle that didn’t see too many goals, the Tritons worked together to grind this game out. Using a team orientated defense that provided little opportunity for the Wildcats to shoot, the Tritons held the Wildcats to five goals. When the Wildcats were able to get a shot off, senior goalie Gio Goggia stuffed almost all of them, providing a brick wall in the cage. Senior Andrew Goyler provided much of the offense on the other end, putting away two well placed outside shots. A hard fought garbage goal from sophomore Sean Kim gave the tritons a two goal lead in the fourth quarter. Things once again looked promising for the Tritons, and this time, there would be no successful rallying effort from an Arizona team. The Tritons walked away with a 7-5 victory, getting their first victory of the season. Things had begun to take a step in the right direction.

 

The Tritons were feeling much better after avenging their loss from last season, and came in feeling good to their next game against the University of San Diego Torreys. The Tritons jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first quarter and never let up. Senior Nick Ratekin provided the dominating presence in two meters, putting away four goals from center. Senior captain Frederick Ferrer also saw success from the center position, scoring one of his own goals from center. The Tritons defeated the Torreys 14-1, showing dominance in both the offensive and defensive aspect of the whole game.

 

The UCSD Tritons opened their season 2-2. A rough weekend with a lot to learn from, the Tritons are going back to Canyonview Aquatic center to put their heads down and put in the work required to go 4-0 at the next competition. The Tritons will be facing the Aztecs and the Wildcats once again this upcoming weekend at the SDSU Aquatic center, Oct. 8/9.

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Oct 24 M Water Polo

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE

The UC San Diego Men’s Club Water Polo team hosted the Southwest division this past weekend, October 24th through the 25th, in the divisions second weekend of conference play. Competition was fierce to determine who would be number one going into the Regional finals that would take place next week. The Tritons needed to go 4-0 on the weekend to claim that spot as their own. Standing in their way were the teams from University of Arizona, UC Irvine, Arizona State University, and University of San Diego.

First up for the Tritons was the University of Arizona Wildcats. In a competition that only saw the low score of eight total goals between the two teams, UC San Diego was able to pull out the win 5-3. Trailing on the scoreboard the whole game until the fourth quarter, it was truly a hard fought grinded out victory. Goalies Gio Goggia and Austin Fennacy led the Triton defense with force, only allowing one goal in the second half. Seniors Mike van Ahlers and Connor Watson combined for three big goals out of set, providing the big offensive presence in the center position. Captain Travis Knight provided the other two points, netting a self-drawn penalty shot late in the fourth to give the Tritons a late two goal lead. The weekend was off to a good start.

Next up were the UC Irvine Anteaters. Still raring from their first victory, the Tritons came out ready to go. With counter attack specialist Devon Tomooka and Brian Lee leading the charge, the Tritons won a decisive 16-2 victory. In a primarily offensive battle, many team members contributed to the game’s result. Standouts were Nick Ratekin providing several goals and power plays out of set. While Ratekin provided the offense, Andrew Goyler and Captain Frederick Ferrer provide the lockdown defense on Irvine’s offense, allowing only two goals the entire game.

Day two opened up with the Tritons facing the ASU Sun Devils. Having their only loss at the hands of this next opponent, the Tritons were pumped for this next one. The Sun Devils knew the importance of this game as well. A number one seed was on the line. After trading goals for thirty two minutes of fierce play, the Tritons ended up being the ones that scored last, winning the game 7-6. Once again Goyler and Ferrer provided excellent defense on the ASU setters, but thankfully the Tritons offense was firing as well. Lefties Jacob Stupin and Luka Vasiljevic worked cohesively to spur many of the Tritons opportunities from the lefty side of the pool. Veteran player Erik Silcock was the MVP of the game, putting up a hat trick to lead the Tritons in scoring in their victory.

For the last game the Tritons went up against USD. The Tritons finished strong with a 18-5 victory. It was truly a team victory with the scoring evenly distributed. Standouts were Joe Menke and Matt Honey leading the Tritons offense, while Mackenzie Cottle and J.J. Khadifia provide the strong defense.

The B team for UC San Diego also had two exhibition games this weekend. Two solid victories were achieved; 14-4 over USD and 14-7 over U of A B team. Sean Kim and Emmanuel Molina provided strong offense while Richard “Kip” Lund in cage and Kyler Gleason presented a formidable defense.

After their solid 4-0 result this weekend, the Tritons are going into their Regional competition ranked first.

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Men Water Polo 11th and 12th of October

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE

The 11th and 12th of October were a very big weekend for the Men’s Club Water Polo Team because it was their first few games against their new competition. Over the summer, the Tritons were moved into a new division, including cross-town rivals San Diego State University, University of San Diego, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and UC Irvine. This put the Tritons against two teams they had no experience with before, both teams from Arizona, and left them with the runner-ups of last year’s national championships, SDSU.

The weekend opened with the Tritons taking on USD. Unfortunately, USD had to forfeit the game because they did not have enough players. UC San Diego lent USD some players and a friendly scrimmage was played. The second game of the day was against University of Arizona. This game quickly became a very physical game, with multiple ejections occurring on both sides of the pool. Luckily, the Tritons had done a lot of practice on their 6-on-5 offense and their 5-on-6 defense in the previous weeks and came away with a win. Sunday held the two toughest games for the Tritons. The first game was against ASU, whom the Tritons had never played before. This came down to a last second goal by ASU, sending the game into overtime. Unfortunately, the Tritons could not put a goal away in overtime and lost to ASU by one point. However, this loss gave the Tritons a new sense of motivation going into their final game against the number two ranked team in the nation, SDSU. This game was a thing of beauty as the Tritons pulled it together after the tough loss to ASU, and won their first game in quite some time against cross-town rivals SDSU. It was a wonderful end to the first weekend of round-robin play. Join the Tritons at Canyonview Pool on October 24-25, as they play against the University of Arizona, UC Irvine, USD, and ASU.

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Oct 24 M Waterpolo

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

The UC San Diego Men’s Club Water Polo team hosted the Southwest division this past weekend, October 24th through the 25th, in the divisions second weekend of conference play. Competition was fierce to determine who would be number one going into the Regional finals that would take place next week. The Tritons needed to go 4-0 on the weekend to claim that spot as their own. Standing in their way were the teams from University of Arizona, UC Irvine, Arizona State University, and University of San Diego.

First up for the Tritons was the University of Arizona Wildcats. In a competition that only saw the low score of eight total goals between the two teams, UC San Diego was able to pull out the win 5-3. Trailing on the scoreboard the whole game until the fourth quarter, it was truly a hard fought grinded out victory. Goalies Gio Goggia and Austin Fennacy led the Triton defense with force, only allowing one goal in the second half. Seniors Mike van Ahlers and Connor Watson combined for three big goals out of set, providing the big offensive presence in the center position. Captain Travis Knight provided the other two points, netting a self-drawn penalty shot late in the fourth to give the Tritons a late two goal lead. The weekend was off to a good start.

Next up were the UC Irvine Anteaters. Still raring from their first victory, the Tritons came out ready to go. With counter attack specialist Devon Tomooka and Brian Lee leading the charge, the Tritons won a decisive 16-2 victory. In a primarily offensive battle, many team members contributed to the game’s result. Standouts were Nick Ratekin providing several goals and power plays out of set. While Ratekin provided the offense, Andrew Goyler and Captain Frederick Ferrer provide the lockdown defense on Irvine’s offense, allowing only two goals the entire game.

Day two opened up with the Tritons facing the ASU Sun Devils. Having their only loss at the hands of this next opponent, the Tritons were pumped for this next one. The Sun Devils knew the importance of this game as well. A number one seed was on the line. After trading goals for thirty two minutes of fierce play, the Tritons ended up being the ones that scored last, winning the game 7-6. Once again Goyler and Ferrer provided excellent defense on the ASU setters, but thankfully the Tritons offense was firing as well. Lefties Jacob Stupin and Luka Vasiljevic worked cohesively to spur many of the Tritons opportunities from the lefty side of the pool. Veteran player Erik Silcock was the MVP of the game, putting up a hat trick to lead the Tritons in scoring in their victory.

For the last game the Tritons went up against USD. The Tritons finished strong with a 18-5 victory. It was truly a team victory with the scoring evenly distributed. Standouts were Joe Menke and Matt Honey leading the Tritons offense, while Mackenzie Cottle and J.J. Khadifia provide the strong defense.  

The B team for UC San Diego also had two exhibition games this weekend. Two solid victories were achieved; 14-4 over USD and 14-7 over U of A B team. Sean Kim and Emmanuel Molina provided strong offense while Richard “Kip” Lund in cage and Kyler Gleason presented a formidable defense.

After their solid 4-0 result this weekend, the Tritons are going into their Regional competition ranked first.

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Oct 11 M Water Polo

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

The 11th and 12th of October were a very big weekend for the Men’s Club Water Polo Team because it was their first few games against their new competition. Over the summer, the Tritons were moved into a new division, including cross-town rivals San Diego State University, University of San Diego, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and UC Irvine. This put the Tritons against two teams they had no experience with before, both teams from Arizona, and left them with the runner-ups of last year’s national championships, SDSU.

 

The weekend opened with the Tritons taking on USD. Unfortunately, USD had to forfeit the game because they did not have enough players. UC San Diego lent USD some players and a friendly scrimmage was played. The second game of the day was against University of Arizona. This game quickly became a very physical game, with multiple ejections occurring on both sides of the pool. Luckily, the Tritons had done a lot of practice on their 6-on-5 offense and their 5-on-6 defense in the previous weeks and came away with a win. Sunday held the two toughest games for the Tritons. The first game was against ASU, whom the Tritons had never played before. This came down to a last second goal by ASU, sending the game into overtime. Unfortunately, the Tritons could not put a goal away in overtime and lost to ASU by one point. However, this loss gave the Tritons a new sense of motivation going into their final game against the number two ranked team in the nation, SDSU. This game was a thing of beauty as the Tritons pulled it together after the tough loss to ASU, and won their first game in quite some time against cross-town rivals SDSU. It was a wonderful end to the first weekend of round-robin play. Join the Tritons at Canyonview Pool on October 24-25, as they play against the University of Arizona, UC Irvine, USD, and ASU.

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