No. 18 Air Force Concludes Day One at Triton Invitational
Sept. 3, 2011
LA JOLLA, Calif. - In its first action of the 2011 season, the 18th-ranked Air Force water polo team split a pair of games on day one of the Triton Invitational, hosted by UC San Diego. The Falcons rolled to a 15-3 victory over Cal Lutheran to start the day, while dropping a 9-4 decision to the 12th-ranked host Tritons.
In the first game of the day, Air Force used balanced scoring to post a 12-goal victory over the Kingsmen. Getting out to a 4-0 lead after one period, the Falcons increased their lead to 8-1 at the half. Air Force again shut out Cal Lutheran in the third period, while adding five more scores onto their total. Both teams tallied two goals in the fourth period as Air Force earned the 15-3 decision.
The Falcons connected on both of their 6-on-5 opportunities against the Kingsmen, while holding Cal Lutheran scoreless in six man-up tries. Junior Mike Radosevich (Temecula, Calif.) and sophomores Andrew Hamilton (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and Max Reilly (Davis, Calif.) led the Falcons' offense against the Kingsmen with two goals each, while nine other players each added a goal. Meanwhile, senior captain Danny Harold (Newport Beach, Calif.) was credited with 12 stops on defense.
Against UC San Diego, the Falcons trailed the home team 2-0 before sophomore Josh Stedman (Brea, Calif.) put Air Force on the board with 47 seconds remaining in the opening period. Another score by Stedman in the first minute of the second period tied the score at 2-2, but the Tritons went on a 4-0 run to take a 6-2 advantage. With a goal from junior Garrett Womack (Redlands, Calif.) in the final minute of the half, Air Force went into the intermission down by three.
UC San Diego scored the first two goals of the third period, with the Falcons again getting on the board in the last minute of the quarter, this time on a score from Reilly. Meanwhile, the Tritons tallied the only goal of the final stanza to take the 9-4 victory.
While Stedman's two goals led the Falcons' offense, goalkeeper Mike Fish (Jr., Manhattan Beach, Calif.) recorded five saves for Air Force against the Tritons. The Falcons capitalized on one of two man-up opportunities against the Tritons, while UCSD was 2-of-3 on their 6-on-5 chances.
The Falcons are back in action tomorrow for the conclusion of the Triton Invitational. Air Force will face eighth-ranked conference rival Loyola Marymount at 10:30 a.m. (PT), followed by a meeting with WWPA foe La Verne at 5:00 p.m.
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