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Men's Water Polo - Wed, Sep. 27, 2017

WWPA Weekly Release (Sept. 27, 2017)

GOLDSCHMIDT POWERS AGGIES AT MOUNTAIN PACIFIC INVITE: UC Davis junior utility Ido Goldschmidt has been named the Western Water Polo Association player of the week on Wednesday after helping the Aggies to a 10th-place finish at the Mountain Pacific Invitational last weekend in Southern California.

It is the first career weekly award for Goldschmidt, who becomes the second Aggie honored this season by the league after freshman goalkeeper Jonah Addington earned the honor on Sept. 20.

A managerial economics major from Herzliya, Israel, Goldschmidt finished with team-high totals in goals (12) and assists (seven) in the Aggies' four games, including a season-high four goals against a pair of top-10 foes in No. 9 Pepperdine and No. 7 UC Santa Barbara. His five-meter penalty goal against the Waves with 25 seconds remaining in overtime forced sudden victory in a 12-11 defeat.

Goldschmidt also scored two goals, four assists, and three steals, in an 18-8 win over No. 13 UC San Diego, and added two goals, two assists, and a steal, in a 17-8 win over Air Force.

Also nominated: Jonny Lotero (Senior, 2-Meter, Cal Baptist); Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt (Freshman, Utility, UC San Diego).

IN THE RANKINGS: Five WWPA teams are ranked among the top 20 according to the most recent Collegiate Water Polo Association rankings released on Wednesday (Sept. 27). UC Davis, which finished 2-2 for 10th place at the Mountain Pacific Invitational last weekend in Southern California, slipped to No. 10 -- down two spots from its season-best No. 8 standing in the poll. UC San Diego (No. 13) and Cal Baptist (No. 15) held steady, while Loyola Marymount dropped into a four-way tie for No. 19. New to the rankings this week is the Air Force Academy, which made its top-20 debut as one of those four teams at No. 19 alongside the Lions.

AROUND THE ASSOCIATION...

AIR FORCE FALCONS (2-8, 0-0 WWPA)
The Falcons are coming off a 1-3 record to finish 14th at the Mountain Pacific Invitational in Southern California, facing four opponents that were either ranked or receiving votes. Air Force's lone victory came against No. 20 Loyola Marymount (9-7) led by three goals from Riley Thomas, who had the eventual game-winner with 2:13 to play. The Falcons, led by Garrett Fisk's 15 goals on the year, open WWPA play against preseason favorite UC Davis in their lone match of the week on Saturday.

CAL BAPTIST LANCERS (7-5, 0-1 WWPA)
It's a busy week for Cal Baptist, which plays seven matches this week -- six of those at their own Lancer Joust tournament in Riverside, Calif. The Lancers open with a WWPA match against Fresno Pacific on Thursday (Sept. 28) before hosting a field that includes No. 2 USC beginning Friday. Cal Baptist, led by Jonny Lotero's 37 goals on the year, split a pair of games last week, edging Concordia, 10-9, before falling to No. 10 UC Irvine, 21-4.

CONCORDIA EAGLES (6-5, 0-1 WWPA)
In a road non-conference battle, the Eagles were edged out by No. 15 Cal Baptist, 10-9, stringing together five unanswered goals to tie the match before the game-winner with 1:11 to play. In its only match of the week, Concordia heads north to take on Santa Clara in WWPA play on Saturday.

FRESNO PACIFIC SUNBIRDS (1-5, 0-2 WWPA)
The Sunbirds were idle last week, but pick things back up with five games this week.  Fresno Pacific plays its third straight WWPA contest at No. 15 Cal Baptist on Thursday before opening play at the Lancer Joust where it will face No. 2 USC, Citrus College, the host Lancers, and Occidental. Kyle Eoff leads the team with nine goals and 34 shots, while Erik Brown has 13 points on five goals and eight assists.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS (3-4, 1-0 WWPA)
Co-host of the Mountain Pacific Invitational, the Lions faced a trio of nationally ranked opponents in finishing 0-4 against the field. LMU played every foe close, including playing No. 4 UCLA to a 2-2 tie at the half before falling 7-4.  The Lions travel to No. 13 UC San Diego for a non-conference affair on Wednesday before hosting Whittier to start a three-game home stand.

SANTA CLARA BRONCOS (4-5, 0-0 WWPA)
The Broncos are well-rested after being idle last week, hosting WWPA foe Concordia in a conference contest on Saturday (Sept. 30) in their only game of the week. John Raineri leads the way with 13 goals, while Reilley May (11) and Mac Carey (10) are also in double digits.

UC DAVIS AGGIES (9-5, 1-0 WWPA)
The Aggies are coming off a 2-2 week at the Mountain Pacific Invitational, posting wins over Air Force and UC San Diego, while suffering a heartbreaking loss to No. 9 Pepperdine in a second sudden victory period and a battle with No. 7 UC Santa Barbara. UC Davis' win over the Falcons marked the team's first game against a team not ranked or receiving votes. The Aggies and No. 19 Air Force meet in Colorado Springs on Saturday (Sept. 30) -- the third meeting between the two in 2017.

UC SAN DIEGO TRITONS (4-10, 2-0 WWPA)
The Tritons are coming off a 1-4 week that saw them face a quintet of nationally ranked squads -- including a trio of top-10 opponents -- posting a win over No. 20 Loyola Marymount, 8-5. The two programs stage a quick rematch, meeting in San Diego for a non-conference game on Wednesday (Sept. 27) in the Tritons' only match of the week, which then leads into a WWPA clash next week in Los Angeles.

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