LOS ANGELES, Calif.- The UCSD Tritons traveled north to Los Angeles to face the LMU Lions this past Saturday in the first meeting between these programs in 10 years. Junior Attackman Vito DiGiorgio’s led UCSD to victory, as the Tritons improved to 2-0 in the young season with a 14-8 win.
UCSD started the game in a dominating fashion. In their second extended possession, Jake Cuffe found fellow midfielder David Mastro for a 12 yard rip to get the Tritons going. A balanced and constant barrage followed as the Tritons got goals from Grant Barclay, Michael Paxton, Joseph Sawires, and 2 from DiGiorgio to give the Tritons a commanding 6-0 lead after 1 quarter.
LMU fought back starting the 2nd quarter with a two goal run. This run was made possible by consecutive faceoff wins by Lion’s faceoff man, Anthony Prodis, keeping the ball out of the hands of the Tritons offense.
However the story was DiGiorgio, as he scored or assisted a goal for the Tritons to punctuate the end of each quarter, fending off any chances of a Lion comeback. DiGiorgio finished with 5 goals and 2 assists, and 6 other Tritons had multiple points in the game.
“We couldn’t have asked for a more focused 1st quarter from the players. They came out firing,” Said UCSD Head Coach, Albert Man. “Justin (Norton) and Jacinto (Tamez) were big for us defensively, causing turnovers and giving our offense extra chances.”
UCSD next faces division rival Long Beach State in their home opener March 10th at 2pm.