THIS WEEK: Air Force travels to southern California for a pair of Western Water Polo Association games. The Falcons face perennial league power UC-San Diego (7-10, 4-0 WWPA) on Friday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. PT at the Canyonview Aquatic Center in La Jolla. The game will be streamed live at ucsdtritons.tv. Air Force will then face WWPA newcomer Concordia (8-8, 2-3 WWPA) on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 1:30 pm PT at Northwood High School in Concordia.
SERIES RECORDS: Air Force and UC San Diego will meet for the first time this season and 83rd time overall. The Tritons hold a 66-16 lead in the series. Air Force and Concordia will meet for the second time this season and 10th time overall. The Eagles hold a 4-5 lead in the overall series. Concordia beat Air Force, 13-12, earlier this season at the Triton Tournament, Sept. 3.
MOST RECENTLY: Seniors Riley Thomas and Justin Harrison each scored three goals to lead Air Force to a 12-8 win over Loyola Marymount in a WWPA game, Oct. 13, at the Cadet Natatorium. After two LMU goals, the Falcons tied the game as Jack Empey and Harrison scored late in the first quarter. The Lions re-gained the lead with 29 seconds left in the opening period at 3-2. The teams traded goals early in the second before the Lions scored pair for a 6-4 lead with 3:03 left in the half. Harrison, Ryan Dorris and Thomas all scored late in the second to tie the game at 7-7. Thomas and Luke Andres scored early in the third for a 9-7 lead. After an LMU goal, George Millard put the Falcons up 10-8 after three. The fourth quarter was all Air Force as Thomas and Campbell Harris scored and the Falcons kept the Lions of the board for the 12-8 win. Air Force out-shot LMU, 30-28, in the game. Freshman goalie James Burke made nine saves for the Falcons.
STAT LEADERS: Senior Riley Thomas leads the team with 29 goals and 42 points. Senior Justin Harrison is second with 23 goals and 27 points. Freshman James Burke is sixth in the league with 117 saves.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: Air Force’s 5-10 record is a reflection of the team’s tough schedule this season. Six of those 10 losses have come against teams ranked in the top 10 (#1 Cal, #7 UC Santa Barbara, #8 Long Beach State, #9 UC Davis (three times).