Falcons Wrap Up Weekend At Triton Invitational

    Sophomore Alex Churnside
    Sophomore Alex Churnside

    Sept. 2, 2007

    La Jolla, Calif. - The 17th-ranked Air Force water polo team took sixth place this weekend at the Triton Invitational, hosted by UC San Diego. On day one of the tournament, the Falcons fell to No. 7 UC Santa Barbara and No. 8 UC San Diego. Meanwhile, Air Force picked up its first victory of the weekend on Sunday against No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer before falling to No. 10 Loyola Marymount in the fifth-place contest.

    Air Force started out the weekend against seventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara, falling behind 4-1 at the end of the opening period. Mustering just two more goals over the next two periods, the Falcons trailed 7-3 after three quarters before the Gauchos cruised to the 11-5 victory. Senior captain Clark Condict (Irvine, Calif.) led the Falcons against the Gauchos with three goals, while sophomores Jack Hines (Riverside, Calif.) and Alex Churnside (Orange, Calif.) added the other scores for Air Force.

    The Falcons' game against UCSD was tightly contested, tied 7-7 at the end of the first half, before the Tritons went on a roll in the third period to take a four-goal lead. Air Force came back to tie the game before UCSD once again garnered a three-goal advantage. While the Falcons scored a pair of goals in the final minute and a half regulation, it was not enough, as the team dropped the close 15-14 contest. Condict led Air Force with four scores, Justin Berry (Sr., Windermere, Fla.) added three goals, Churnside and Joey Brewer (Jr., Clovis, Calif.) each scored two goals and Hines, Kevin Williams (Jr., River Forest, Ill.) and Bobby Geiger (Fr., Buellton, Calif.) all scored a goal each.



    Air Force rebounded Sunday with a 12-7 win over conference foe Pomona-Pitzer. The Falcons jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Sagehens were able to close within one by the end of the first period. After a scoreless second quarter, Air Force went on a run, getting up to a 9-5 advantage by the end of the third period. Air Force led by as many as seven goals in the final stanza before Pomona closed out the game with a pair of scores to account for the final tally. Berry led the Falcons with four goals in the victory, Tyler Hewko (Jr., Laguna Hills, Calif.), Churnside and Condict added two each, and Williams and Hines rounded out the scoring.

    With its win over the Sagehens, the Falcons moved into the fifth-place contest to take on WWPA rival Loyola Marymount. Trailing 1-0 at the end of the opening period, Air Force went into the half down 4-2. The Falcons managed to tie the game at 4-4 early in the third quarter with a pair of scores by Berry. However, the Lions went on a 4-1 run in the period, and with an even final quarter, LMU took the 9-6 victory. In the loss, Berry tallied three scores, while Geiger, Hewko and Brewer added one goal each.

    The Falcons return to action next weekend, Sept. 7-8, when they host Johns Hopkins in a three-game series. The teams will face off Friday at 6:00 p.m., followed by contests at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

    No. 7 UC Santa Barbara 11, No. 17 Air Force 5
    Air Force
     1 1 1 2 5
          4 1 2 4 11
    AF Scoring:
    Condict 3, Hines, Churnside
    UCSB Scoring: Sinclair 2, Lindstrom 2, Paunovic 2, Partelow 2, Tootell, Price, Knudtsen

    No. 8 UC San Diego 15, No. 17 Air Force 14
    Air Force
     2 5 2 5 14
          3 4 4 4 15
    AF Scoring:
    Condict 4, Berry 3, Churnside 2, Brewer 2, Hines, Geiger, Williams
    UCSD Scoring: Garcia 5, Williamson 3, Gresham 3, Hunt 2, Donohoe, Vermilyea

    No. 17 Air Force 12, No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer 7
    Air Force 
    3 0 6 3 12
      2 0 3 2 7
    AF Scoring:
    Berry 4, Hewko 2, Churnside 2, Condict 2, Williams, Hines
    Pomona Scoring: Balikan 3, Mock 2, D'Avino, Rudolph

    No. 10 Loyola Marymount 9, No. 17 Air Force 6
    Air Force
     0 2 3 1 6
            1 3 4 1 9
    AF Scoring:
    Berry 3, Geiger, Hewko, Brewer
    LMU Scoring: Heafner 2, Fair 2, Milligan 2, Flood, Kelly, Lormant


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