THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Thu., Sept. 22---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Loyola Marymount---6:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 23---WSoccer---UCSD at CSU Dominguez Hills---4:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 23---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 23---MSoccer---UCSD at CSU Dominguez Hills---7:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 24---Cross Country---UCSD at Erik Anderson Invit.---10:00 AM
Sat., Sept. 24---MWater Polo---UCSD at Air Force---6:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 24---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Chico State---7:00 PM
Sun., Sept. 25---WSoccer---UCSD vs. CSU San Bernardino---Noon
Sun., Sept. 25---MSoccer---UCSD vs. CSU San Bernardino---2:30 PM
MEN'S WATER POLO HOOKS UP WITH RIVAL LMU THURSDAY AT CANYONVIEW
With a crazy Friday night of action behind it, the 12th-ranked Men's Water Polo team will now try to avenge its only loss of the season when No. 10 Loyola Marymount comes to town Thursday night for the annual "Opening Day" game at Canyonview Pool...UCSD, now 7-1, lost, 7-6, to the Lions on the final day of the season-opening Triton Invitational, Sept. 4...The next day, the Tritons will fly to Colorado Springs for a Saturday night rematch with No. 20 Air Force, who they downed, 9-4, on Sept. 3 at Canyonview.
Last Friday started serenely enough for Coach Denny Harper's club as it throttled visiting Whittier, 14-4 in a morning match-up...Senior Graham Saber continuing to have a hot hand, scored three first half goals as UCSD hit the scoreboard six times before Whittier responded and cruised from there... Fellow senior Will Brown and redshirt freshman Danny Lorch checked in with two goals apiece...Senior David Morton and redshirt freshman Cameron Ravenbach combined for nine stops in the cage.
Friday evening against No. 15 Navy was quite another matter...In a schizophrenic performance, the Tritons rattled off six straight goals to start the contest and were up 6-1 after a near perfect first quarter...The tide turned, dramatically, however as Navy scored 14 of the next 20, led, 13-11, after three periods and was still holding a 15-13 advantage with 3:34 to go...Navy, which was plagued by a rash of late penalties and ejections, got whistled for an illegal re-entry, which Saber converted into a penalty shot goal narrowing the margin to one at 2:16...Thirty nine seconds later, Saber rifled home his sixth goal of the night on a nifty pass from junior John Butler and with 1:08 to play, freshman David Higginson got loose on a counter and connected for his first collegiate goal which turned out to be the game winner in a 16-15 barn burner...Although Higginson accounted for the game's biggest goal, it was the upperclass triumvirate of Saber, Butler and junior Brian Donohoe who carried the lion's share of the offensive load with 13 goals total...The next afternoon, following a similar script with a different ending, Navy upset LMU, 11-10, in L.A.
Listen to Head Coach Denny Harper's Friday night post-game comments.
Listen to senior Graham Saber's Friday night post-game interview.
Listen to freshman David Higginson's Friday night post-game interview.
Read Head Coach Denny Harper's interview with Water Polo Planet.
Read the website Q&A with junior Brian Donohoe.
NO. 12 SPIKERS PUT PERFECT RECORD ON LINE AT HOME
Off to its best start since winning its nine in 2009, the 8-0 (4-0 in CCAA play) Women's Volleyball team returns to RIMAC Arena this weekend to battle Cal State Stanislaus (6-2/2-2) Friday and Chico State (8-2/3-1) Saturday in a pair of conference match-ups...Dating back to last season, Coach Ricci Luyties' 12th-ranked Tritons have won 11 of their last 12 CCAA regular season matches and have a seven-match home winning streak intact...They come into the week part of a three-way tie atop the CCAA ladder with Cal State San Bernardino and Sonoma State.
Senior Hillary Williamson's 13 kills (.423 pct.) catapulted UCSD to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-10) victory over host Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday night in Carson....The Tritons hit a solid .264 while holding the Toros to just .097... Senior Katie Condon chipped in with eight kills, senior libero Janessa Werhane had 15 digs, two aces and passed a team high 21 balls without an error... Freshman middle blocker Lauren Demos served up three of UCSD's eight aces and registered four total blocks.
It was Williamson again 24 hours later, matching a career high with 20 kills and helping engineer a hard-fought, 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 29-27, 25-20), victory at Cal State L.A...The Orange, CA native also had a pair of aces and piled up 21 digs while senior Roxanne Brunsting (8 kills) and freshman Amber Hawthorne combined for 52 assists, Werhane led all players with 21 digs and Demos reached double figures in the kill column with 10...Down three at 21-18 in the crucial third set, the Tritons scored three consecutive points out of a timeout and then battled tooth and nail with the Golden Eagles until a Williamson kill ended things at 29-27...UCSD was then able to bounce back from a three-point deficit at the midway point of the fourth set to secure the win.
W-SOCCER STAYS UNDEFEATED; HOME OPENER SUNDAY
Sporting a 4-0-2 overall record and sitting first in the CCAA South Division at 3-0-1, Coach Brian McManus's fifth-ranked Women's Soccer team faces another tough pair of obstacles this weekend when it travels to Cal State Dominguez Hills (4-2/2-2) Friday night and finally returns to La Jolla for its first home game of the season Sunday against Cal State San Bernardino (2-3-1/0-3-1)...It will be UCSD's second meeting with CSUSB, the first ended in a tie on the road as the Coyotes gave the Tritons their only CCAA blemish of the year.
Senior Shelby Wong's first goal of the season, 2:12 into overtime, lifted McManus & Co. to a 2-1 triumph over defending CCAA North Division champion San Francisco State, last Friday in San Francisco...Wong got loose along the left side, cut back into the box and drilled a low liner for the tally...Trailing, 1-0, late in the game, the Tritons drew even with just under 12 minutes to go in regulation when freshman Cassie Callahan re-directed a cross from sophomore Rachel Leslie for her second marker of the fall...In a closely-contested affair, UCSD had a 14-11 edge in shots and both teams had a pair of corner kick opportunities.
Sunday afternoon there was no such tension as a second half UCSD offensive barrage buried host Cal Poly Pomona, 4-0...The Tritons controlled the action in a scoreless first 45 minutes and wasted little time getting something for their effort in the second half as Annie Wethe headed home a cross from fellow senior Sarah McTigue less than two minutes in...A pair of goals on set pieces, both started by corner kicks from junior Hayley Johnson, put matters out of reach...Callahan got her third at 53:54 and redshirt freshman Izzy Pouzarama headed in the first of her career from six yards out, dead center, 30 minutes later...Freshman Kylie Hill capped the scoring, stealing a ball outside the top of the box, creating a chance and finishing it off for her own career goal No. 1...On the day, the Tritons owned advantages in shots (17-11) and corners (5-1).
SPLIT FOR MEN'S SOCCER ON CCAA ROAD TRIP
Off to a solid start in conference play, Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team will get stern back-to-back tests this weekend, facing perennial power Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-2-1/1-2-1) on the road Friday and then coming home to host Cal State San Bernardino (2-3-1/0-3-1), a foe the Tritons defeated, 2-1, in the first weekend of league action...The Tritons come into Friday's match tilt 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the CCAA, good for third on the six-team South Division table.
In a Friday game vs. San Francisco State where Pascale said, "we were the better team," the Tritons were able to get the result as well, pulling out a 1-0 decision on a penalty kick score by junior Alex Portela in the 89th minute... The PK was awarded when the Gators were called for a hand ball in the box while trying to clear out a late Triton threat...After a slow start, UCSD had several dangerous chances in the first half and junior Evan Walker hit the crossbar with just over 10 minutes to go in the second session...Both teams had four shots on goal with sophomore Josh Cohen recording the shutout for UCSD.
The Triton defense, which had surrendered just four goals in its first five games, was stung for three Sunday, two in the first half, as they had their modest, two-game winning streak snapped at Cal Poly Pomona, 3-0...Although out-shot, 20-10, UCSD had ample opportunity to get back in the fray during the first half but failed to capitalize on scoring chances...Cohen made two saves as the Broncos scored on three of their five shots on frame.
X-COUNTRY GETS BIG CHALLENGE SATURDAY IN SPOKANE
Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country team will get its first serious Division II test of the season Saturday when it travels to Spokane, WA for the Runners Soul/Erik Anderson Invitational at Plantes Ferry Regional Park...More than a dozen D-II teams will be involved along with a sprinkling of D-I, D-III and NAIA squads...The grass course (6K and 8K) is the same one that will host the NCAA West Regional as well as NCAA Championships this year.
With Garcia splitting his squad for Spokane and the Aztec Invitational, none of the runners traveling to Washington competed last Saturday in the latter race at Balboa Park...On the men's side, that outing provided a good opportunity for some of the young Triton harriers to strut their stuff...Freshmen went 1-2 for UCSD with Tanner Collins grabbing 13th place (26:51.8) and Warren Liem (27:21.2) finishing two slots later on the 8K course...Other scorers for the Tritons were senior Jeremy Riley (17th/27:29.1), junior Dustin Harris (23rd/27:51.0) and freshman Daniel Hauptman (24th/27:54.1)...The men wound up fourth in an eight-team field.
For the women, senior Kathryn Turner hit the line first, covering the 5K layout in 19:47.9, good for 27th place...Junior Elena Inouye, still rounding into top form after sitting out last season with injuries, was next in at 19:57.7 (33rd)...Rounding out the UCSD scorers were junior Heather Hisgen (35th/20:04.3), sophomore Samantha Groff (36th/20:06.6) and junior Jackie Sikkema (38th/20:19.4)...The Triton women were seventh in the team standings.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Women's Volleyball Coach Ricci Luyties, Women's Soccer Coach Brian McManus and Alex Portela of the Men's Soccer team...The show will be posted Wednesday night on ucsdtritons.com.
Featured between games two and three at Friday night's Women's Volleyball match will be the unveiling of championship banners in RIMAC Arena, honoring the 2011 second place NCAA finish of the Men's Swimming & Diving team as well as the NCAA Championship won by the Softball team.
The Matt Macedo/Corrie Falcon era of Triton Swimming & Diving has officially begun as the men's and women's teams (second and third respectively at last year's NCAA Championships) are well into their fall training period. Five members of the team, including returners Alex Henley, Emily Adamczyk, Nick Korth and Matt Herman, have already qualified for next summer's U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, NB.
Click here to listen to comments from swimming team captains Alex Henley and Julius Espiritu.
Homecoming 2011 is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22. A noon BBQ for all alumni athletes is set for noon at the Track & Field Stadium...For more information, check ucsdtritons.com or call (858) 534-8460.
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