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Men's Water Polo - Wed, Sep. 20, 2017

WWPA Weekly Release No. 3 (Sept. 20, 2017)

AGGIES' ADDINGTON NABS PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: UC Davis freshman goalkeeper Jonah Addington has been selected as the Western Water Polo Association's Player of the Week after helping the No. 9 Aggies to a 3-1 week, the league office announced on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-6 biological sciences major from Hanford, Calif., stopped 25 shots while posting a .694 save percentage in 64 minutes in net, including making 12 saves while allowing only five goals in UC Davis' upset of then-No. 8 Pepperdine at its own Aggie Roundup. Earlier in the week, he finished with five saves in the second half to help the Aggies defeat then-No. 15 Cal Baptist to open WWPA play with a victory, and later added eight stops in two shutout quarters to help secure a win over Redlands to close out the Aggie Roundup.

Also nominated: Jack Empey (Senior, UT, Air Force); Jonny Lotero (Senior, 2M, Cal Baptist); Arman Momdzhyan (Senior, UT, UC San Diego); Joseph Shaw (Freshman, UT, Loyola Marymount).

IN THE RANKINGS: For the second consecutive week, seven of the conference's eight members are listed in the most recent Collegiate Water Polo Association rankings released on Sept. 20. Thanks to its upset of then-No. 8 Pepperdine, UC DAVIS is the only change among the top-15 teams in the country, flip-flopping with the Waves and moving up to No. 8 in the country. UC San Diego (No. 13), Cal Baptist (No. 15), and Loyola Marymount (No. 20), remained the same from last week's poll, while Concordia (two votes), Fresno Pacific (one), and Santa Clara (one), are among the five teams receiving votes this week.


After nearly two weeks off, the Falcons bounced back from a slow start to the season to clinch their first win of 2017, defeating Cal Lutheran, 15-8, in the first of two games in Southern California. Air Force, which opens the week against No. 1 California at the Mountain Pacific Invitational, then got four goals from Jack Empey in a battle with No. 7 UC Santa Barbara. Senior Justin Harrison leads the way with 10 goals for the Falcons, while Harrison, Garrett Fisk, and Empey, all have 12 points.

Facing a difficult slate that featured three of the nation's top 10 teams, the Lancers finished 1-3 at the Aggie Roundup, falling to No. 9 UC Davis, No. 5 Pacific, and No. 2 USC, while posting a win over No. 9 (D-III) MIT. Senior two-meter Jonny Lotero, who earned WWPA Player of the Week honors prior to the event, finished with 13 goals on 21 shots -- five of those in the win over MIT -- and leads CBU with 31 goals and 38 points through 10 games this season.

In their only match of the week, the Eagles got four goals from Angel Rojas and another from Josh Mundell, but were unable to defeat cross-city rival UC Irvine, as the No. 10 Anteaters triumphed, 16-4. It's another light week for Concordia, which heads inland to take on Cal Baptist in a non-conference game on Sept. 20, before hosting an alumni event on Sept. 23.

The Sunbirds officially opened their 2017 WWPA schedule at home last weekend, falling to No. 13 UC San Diego and No. 20 Loyola Marymount. Kyle Eoff had FPU's lone goal against the Tritons, before holding a lead at halftime against the Lions -- who rallied with five fourth-period goals en route to a 12-9 win. Garrett Pickford and Floyd Siebenaler each had hat tricks against LMU. Fresno Pacific is off until Sept. 28, when it travels to Cal Baptist to face the Lancers and play in the Lancer Invitational.

The No. 20-ranked Lions will share hosting duties for this weekend's Mountain Pacific Invitational, featuring the nation's top-10 ranked programs among the 16-team field. LMU opens against No. 4 UCLA, with either Pacific or UC San Diego waiting in the wings on day two. The Lions opened their WWPA schedule with a win last week, edging past Fresno Pacific, 12-9, in a rematch of a Sept. 2 batte won by the Sunbirds.

The Broncos wrapped up their stay at the Aggie Roundup with a 1-3 record, opening with a win over Whittier College, before falling to Redlands, San Jose State, and No. 2 USC. Junior two-meter Sam Toriggino and senior driver John Raineri each finished with five goals on the weekend, while sophomore driver Shane Hughes and junior two-meter Dane Estrella, added four more apiece. Santa Clara is off until Sept. 30, when it hosts Concordia in its WWPA opener.

It was truly "Home, Sweet Home" for the Aggies, who finished 3-1 at their own tournament -- including an upset of No. 8 Pepperdine to highlight the final day. UC Davis opened with a win over Cal Baptist in WWPA play and also defeated Redlands, while falling to No. 6 Long Beach State in overtime. Senior center Morgan Olson-Fabbro led the way with six goals on the weekend -- one of 16 different goal scorers for the Aggies in the tournament.

The Tritons split a pair of road contests last week, maintaining their hold on first place in the WWPA with a win over Fresno Pacific before falling to top-ranked California. Senior utility Arman Momdzhyan finished with a career-high six goals in the win over the Sunbirds as the defense limited FPU to a single goal as Sam Thompson and Oleg Koujikov combined for 13 saves in net. Freshman Connor Turnobow-Lindenstadt then added a career-best six goals against the Golden Bears two days later.

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