UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (September 12, 2011)
Release: Thursday 09/11/2011 
by UCSD
Senior John Butler and the No. 12 Men's Water Polo team are home for two games Friday.
Senior John Butler and the No. 12 Men's Water...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Fri., Sept. 16---M-Water Polo---UCSD vs. Whittier---10:00 AM
Fri., Sept. 16---M-Soccer---UCSD at San Francisco State---12:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 16---W-Soccer---UCSD at San Francisco State---3:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 16---M-Water Polo---UCSD vs. Navy---6:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 16---W-Volleyball---UCSD at CSU Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM

Sat., Sept. 17---Cross Country---UCSD at Aztec Invitational---8:00 AM
Sat., Sept. 17---W-Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---7:00 PM

Sun., Sept. 18---W-Soccer---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---11:30 AM
Sun., Sept. 18---M-Soccer---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---2:00 PM


MEN'S POLO GOES TO 5-1; WHITTIER, NAVY HERE FRIDAY

Sporting five wins in its first six outings, Coach Denny Harper's 12th-ranked Men's Water Polo team returns to Canyonview Pool Friday for a rare weekday doubleheader, taking on WWPA foe Whittier in the morning before facing off against No. 15 Navy that evening.

After going 3-1 in the season-opening Triton Invitational over Labor Day weekend, UCSD blew past Pomona Pitzer (15-4) and Claremont (12-5) on the road last Saturday...Senior Graham Saber, who came into game one with seven goals on the season, exploded for seven more in the conquest of  Pomona as the Tritons, despite being sluggish in the early going, controlled the contest from start to finish...Things were considerably more interesting in the second game of the day as UCSD trailed upstart Claremont, 4-2, in the third quarter before regaining its offensive mojo to claim a seven-goal decision...Saber collected five more goals to lead Harper's club.

Listen to comments from senior David Morton after the weekend play.

W-SOCCER GETS WIN, TIE ON INITIAL CCAA ROAD SWING
Still undefeated after going 1-0-1 for the second consecutive week (this time against a pair of nationally-ranked opponents), Coach Brian McManus's Women's Soccer team, now 2-0-2 on the season, will make it back-to-back conference road trips this weekend, making the tough NorCal back to SoCal excursion to tackle San Francisco State (3-0-1/1-0-1) Friday and Cal Poly Pomona (3-0-1/1-0-1) Sunday...The Tritons fell three spaces to No. 5 last week in the national poll.

In its first CCAA contest of the season, on the narrow pitch at Jesse Owens Stadium, UCSD answered the bell with a 1-0 victory over No. 11 Cal State L.A. Friday night...Senior Sara McTigue headed home the game's lone score off a Hayley Johnson corner kick just 2:18 into the game...It was McTigue's second goal of the season and 22nd of her career...The goal came on the only corner of the contest and the Tritons were out-shot, 10-5, by a team McManus said "has the offensive depth to give most teams plenty of trouble"...Senior Kristin Armstrong made four saves in recording her third consecutive shutout.

The Tritons gave up their first goal of the season Sunday but were able to recover from a first half deficit for a 1-1 tie at No. 19 Cal State San Bernardino... Shortly thereafter, the Coyotes nearly made it a two-goal lead but were denied when the ball got loose in the box on their only corner kick and the Tritons did most of the threatening from that point on...Just 4:24 into the the second half, freshman midfielder Cassie Callahan stole a ball of a tackle in the center of the field, carried it forward and then let go from 30 yds. out, putting it past CSUSB keeper Tiffany Mallick for her first collegiate tally...UCSD out-shot the Coyotes, 10-5, on the day and had an 8-2 edge after intermission... They also earned eight corners.

M-SOCCER GETS FIRST WIN; BACK ON ROAD THIS WEEK
Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team got its first conference win of the season Sunday and will look to build on that result when it goes back out on the road this weekend for CCAA matches at San Francisco State (1-1-2/0-1-1) and Cal Poly Pomona (3-1/2-0)...The Tritons are now 2-2 overall.

Despite threatening repeatedly in the final 15 minutes, UCSD was unable to pierce the net and dropped a hotly-contested, 1-0, decision at Cal State L.A. Friday night...The Tritons earned six corners to two for the home team, posted 10 shots and forced opposing keeper Jose Martinez to make five saves but could not answer a decisive first half L.A. goal that came off a re-start... Pascale called it "an even game for the most part but we got caught on one set piece and those are battles we're going to have to win to be successful."

UCSD showed some grit in getting its first conference win in the afternoon heat at Cal State San Bernardino Sunday...After surrendering a late first half goal on another free kick, the Tritons bounced back with a pair of second half scores, less than three minutes apart to register a 2-1 triumph...Junior Alex Portela started the comeback with his first collegiate goal at 53:40, one-timing a cross from Evan Walker into the bottom left side of the net...Kian Malek initiated the counterattack, getting the ball to Walker who put it into the box from the right flank...Malek also started the advance that produced the game-winner...His pass resulted in Cory Wolfrom being tripped in the box, sending junior Jordan Valenciano to the penalty spot where he converted at 56:13...It was the second goal of his UCSD career.

VOLLEYBALL SNARES FIRST TWO CONFERENCE VICTORIES
Up to No. 15 in the national rankings on the strength of its 4-for-4 performance in Hawaii to open the season, Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team kept its forward momentum going last weekend, sweeping a pair of home matches to open CCAA play...The Tritons, now 6-0 overall, test the conference road waters this weekend, traveling to Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-5/0-2) Friday and Cal State L.A. (4-2/1-1) Saturday.

After a sluggish first set start, the Tritons found high gear and manhandled visiting Cal Poly Pomona, 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-21) Friday night in their 2011 CCAA and RIMAC Arena opener...Senior outside hitters Katie Condon and Hillary Williamson hammered 13 and nine kills respectively and junior middle blocker Julia Freidenberg had eight as UCSD out-hit the Broncos, .262-.085... Another senior, Janessa Werhane, led all players with 22 digs and the duo of Condon and Williamson combined for 32 more...Freshman Amber Hawthorne (21 assists) and senior Roxanne Brunsting (18) split setting chores and the Tritons were perfect passing on 39 serves.

In a rare Sunday afternoon tilt, the Tritons overcame another slow start to subdue San Francisco State, 3-0 (25-19, 25-8, 25-22)...Trailing, 17-16, and having trouble breaking down the Gator defense in game one, UCSD used some tough serving to run off eight of final 11 points and carried that energy into a second set rout...Winning the hitting (.233-.097), blocking (7-5) and ace (5-1) numbers, the Tritons got a match high 15 kills from Williamson and Condon reached double figures as well with 10...Brunsting posted 18 assists, 13 digs and a pair of aces.

Hear Sunday's post-match interview with Head Coach Ricci Luyties.
Hear Saturday's post-match interview with senior Hillary Williamson.
Hear Sunday's post-match interview with senior Katie Condon.

                    

CROSS COUNTRY SQUADS MAKE BIG IMPRESSION AT IRVINE INVITIONAL

After seeing both of his teams take nice steps forward last weekend, Cross Country Coach Nate Garcia will split his squad over the next two weeks, sending the one half of the roster out in this Saturday's Aztec Invitational at Balboa Park (8K/5K) before taking his top eight runners on both sides to the Division II-oriented Runners Soul/Erik Anderson Invitational in Spokane, WA a week later.

Stretching out to 8K and 5K, the Triton men and women posted second and sixth place finishes respectively at last Saturday's Asics/UCI Invitational run over UC Irvine's campus course...On the men's side, the Tritons rode a big performance by senior Alex Corliss...Best-known for his middle distance exploits on the track, Corliss lowered his time on this layout from last year by one minute and 20 seconds, building off a 5:05 first mile and ultimately clocking 25:31.9 to finish in ninth place overall...He was followed home by sophomores Mario Flores (11th/25:40.7) and Kellen Levy (13th/25:43.5), senior John Svet (16th/25:44.6) and junior Matt Lenehan (18th/25:45.9) as some solid pack running brought UCSD's top five racers across the line within 14 seconds of each other...If one runner had been able to gain just one place, the Tritons would have won the team trophy as they tallied 67 points to finish a single point behind first place Cal State San Marcos in the 13-team field.

On the women's side, it was sophomore Chia Chang turning in a second consecutive strong showing and Garcia's freshmen class again performing like veterans...Chang, dropping 25 seconds off last year's time here, was 14th, covering the 5K distance in 18:12.1...A trio of freshmen went 2-3-4 for UCSD...Michelle LeRoux was 23rd (18:25.5) chased to the tape by Dani Brabender (39th/18:53.0), Madison Tanner (49th/19:01.9) and junior Catherine Crisp (58th/19:08.5)...The Tritons wound up with 177 points, 139 behind first place Cal Poly but well within the top half of the 16-team contingent.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show with host Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Cross Country Coach Nate Garcia, goalie David Morton of the men's water polo team and Sara McTigue of the Women's Soccer team...The show will be posted at ucsdtritons.com on Tuesday afternoon.

Triton Alumni athletes are reminded that Homecoming 2011 is slated for Saturday, Oct. 22...For more information, contact the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-8460 or e-mail tritons@ucsd.edu.

Send questions and comments to tritons@ucsd.edu.

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Thursday, September 04
W Volleyball at Hawaii Pacific
2:30 PM
Ellensburg, WA
W Soccer at Seattle Pacific
7:00 PM
Seattle, WA
M Soccer vs. Saint Martin's
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
W Volleyball at Central Washington
7:30 PM
Ellensburg, WA
Friday, September 05
W Volleyball at Saint Martin's
12:30 PM
Ellensburg, WA
W Volleyball at Western Washington
5:30 PM
Ellensburg, WA
Saturday, September 06
Cross Country at California Baptist Lancer Invite
8:00 AM
Riverside
M Water Polo vs. Cal Lutheran
8:00 AM
UC San Diego
M Water Polo vs. Cal
2:40 PM
UC San Diego
W Soccer at Saint Martin's
4:00 PM
Lacey, WA
M Soccer vs. Western Washington
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Sunday, September 07
M Water Polo vs. Redlands
1:30 PM
UC San Diego
M Water Polo vs. UCLA
4:25 PM
UC San Diego
Tuesday, September 09
M Soccer at Point Loma
4:30 PM
San Diego
Thursday, September 11
W Soccer vs. Azusa Pacific
4:30 PM
UC San Diego
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