UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 3, 2011)
Release: Sunday 10/02/2011 
by UCSD
Junior Matt Lenehan will be in action at Saturday's Triton Classic.
Junior Matt Lenehan will be in action at...
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Wed., Oct. 5---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. CSU San Bernardino---7:00 PM

Fri., Oct. 7---MTennis---UCSD at UCI Invitational---All Day
Fri., Oct. 7---MSoccer---UCSD at Chico State---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 7---WVolleyball---UCSD at CSU Monterey Bay---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 7---WSoccer---UCSD at Chico State---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 8---MTennis---UCSD at UCI Invitational---All Day
Sat., Oct. 8---Cross Country---UCSD hosts Triton Classic---9:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 8---WVolleyball---UCSD at CSU East Bay---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 9---MTennis---UCSD at UCI Invitational---All Day
Sun., Oct. 9---MSoccer---UCSD at CSU Stanislaus---11:30 AM
Sun., Oct. 9---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Cal---Noon
Sun., Oct. 9---WSoccer---UCSD at CSU Stanislaus---2:00 PM


W-SOCCER STAYS UNDEFEATED; NOR CAL TEST NEXT
Still undefeated (8-0-2) and ranked No. 2 nationally, Coach Brian McManus's Women's Soccer team heads north this weekend where it will collide with Chico State (5-3-2/5-2-1) Friday and Cal State Stanislaus (5-4-1/5-2-1) Sunday in a pair of CCAA match-ups...The Tritons, now 7-0-1 in conference play, are first in the CCAA South Division and have opened up a seven point gap between themselves and second place Cal State L.A...Meanwhile, Chico State and Stanislaus are tied for first on the North Division table.

Senior Courtney Capobianco scored her first two goals of the season and the Tritons racked up a season single game high of five in shutting out visiting Cal State Monterey Bay, 5-0, Friday night... UCSD got on the scoreboard quickly as senior Sarah McTigue netted her fifth goal of the year, heading in a corner from junior Hayley Johnson from the near post at 11:32...Four minutes later, another senior, Shelby Wong, got on the end of a long cross from Danielle Dixon and volleyed it  home...Capobianco got her first tally in the 43rd minute, taking a feed from Lindsay Mills, ducking to the inside and then sending a left-footed floater into the upper left corner from outside the box....Redshirt freshman Izzy Pozurama and Capobianco got late markers to finish the offensive barrage...UCSD out-shot the Otters, 20-3, and tried nine corners while giving up just one.

The Tritons made it matching five-goal performances Sunday, recovering from an early deficit to blast Cal State East Bay, 5-1...Junior Jessica Wi had a goal and two assists and Johnson had two more assists (she now has 10 on the year, matching her total from last season and giving her 24 all-time) off set pieces as UCSD scored three times in a 13-minute span early in the second half to take over what had been a 1-1 game at the interval... Senior Sarah McTigue registered goal No. 6, freshman Britnee Chesney and junior Danielle Dixon both picked up their first of the season and junior Gabi Hernandez closed out the scoring...The early Pioneer marker snapped a four-game shutout streak for the Tritons...Twenty-four players saw action in the contest.

Listen to Head Coach Brian McManus's Sunday post-game interview.
Listen to junior Jessica Wi's Sunday post-game interview.
Listen to senior Courtney Capobianco's Friday post-game interview.

MEN'S SOCCER PUSHES WIN, SHUTOUT STRING TO THREE
Riding a three-game win streak (all shutouts) and tied for third in the CCAA South Division standings, Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer now faces its final regular season road trip, making the trek to Chico State (5-2-3/4-2-2) and Cal State Stanislaus (6-3-1/4-3-1) for key CCAA encounters vs. sides that are second and third in the North Division standings...The Tritons are now 6-4 overall and 5-3 in league play...To date, they've gone 2-3 in conference games away from home...Last year, they defeated both of this week's opponents in La Jolla.

After playing some of its best soccer of the season for nearly 80 scoreless minutes, UCSD earned its result at 79:26 as junior Alex Portela drilled a low liner off back-up keeper Cory Calder and into the short side to propel the Tritons to a 1-0 triumph over Cal State Monterey Bay at home Friday night...Sophomore Cory Wolfrom started the scoring sequence, getting the ball through midfield and in to Evan Walker...A Walker pass deflected to Alec Arsht, Arsht slipped it to Portela who did the rest...In a contest that, before Portela's strike, looked like it might be headed to overtime, UCSD out-shot Monterey Bay, 14-6...Sophomore keeper Jesse Brennan needed to make just one save for his second consecutive shutout.

Sunday, three players notched their first goals of the season as UCSD posted its highest offensive output of the fall, topping Cal State East Bay, 3-0, at Triton Soccer Stadium...The Tritons out-shot the Pioneers, 19-10, and got on the board less than a minute into the contest when Wolfrom connected with sophomore transfer Sam Ball on a free kick...Ball turned and found the back of the net with a left-footer from short distance...Later in the first half, hard-charging junior Kian Malek made it 2-0, re-directing a Portela rebound off the crossbar... In the 58th minute, Arsht fed Walker on the left side...Walker turned the corner on his defender and then beat keeper Bryce Bookhamer to the lower far side to sew things up.

Watch Head Coach Jon Pascale's Sunday post-game interview.
Watch junior Kian Malek's Sunday post-game interview.
Watch sophomore Gavin Lamming's Friday post-game interview. 

CROSS COUNTRY HOSTS TRITON CLASSIC SATURDAY
Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country team hosts its biggest home meet of the season, the annual Triton Classic this Saturday on the campus course...The gun goes off on the men's 10K race at 9:00 AM and the women are slated to start their 6K run at 9:50 AM... Some 15 teams are expected to participate...On the heels of a progressive performance two weekends ago in Spokane, WA, the Triton men come into this week ranked eighth in the region while the women have climbed to fifth and made their debut in the USTFCCAA national rankings at No. 23...The top four of each gender at the Nov. 5 NCAA West Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships...Both of those races will be held in Spokane as well.

Listen to comments from Head Coach Nate Garcia.

                   

POLO SQUAD WINS FINAL THREE AT SO CAL; NO. 3 BEARS ON TAP
Ninth place may not sound exciting but the ninth place finish posted by Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo team at last weekend's 16-team SoCal Tournament in Long Beach looked plenty good in retrospect...The No. 12 Tritons responded to a poor opening game performance by reeling off three straight wins against Western Water Polo Assn. rivals, two who were ranked ahead of them coming in, and now sport an 11-3 record and solid momentum heading into the second half of the regular season...Next, UCSD will face a tough test at home as perennial power Cal, currently 12-1 and ranked third in the most recent national poll, comes to Canyonview Pool Sunda...The Bears figure to be moving up, maybe all the way to No. 1 after knocking off both No. 2 UCLA and No.  Stanford on the way to winning the SoCal event last weekend.

The Tritons got off to a rocky start at the SoCal tourney as sloppy defense and inefficiency in man-up situations resulted in a 15-9 loss to No. 8 UC Santa Barbara Saturday morning...The Gauchos raced out to a 6-2 advantage after the first quarter and ran margin to six early in the fourth...Senior Graham Saber continued to carry the offensive load with four goals and soph Lukas Syka added two...It wasn't easy, but a pair of goals by Saber and one by John Butler in the final 1:36 of regulation saved UCSD from an upset at the hands of Air Force Saturday afternoon...Saber's fourth goal of the game, with five seconds on the clock, lifted the Tritons to a 12-11 win, their third of the season over the Falcons...Butler and freshman Matt Michalko both finished with two goals.

That outcome seemed to carry over to Sunday morning as UCSD reversed two early season losses to conference rival Loyola Marymount, stunning the 11th-ranked Lions, 9-5...The Tritons completely turned the tables on LMU, rushing to a 6-1 halftime edge...Saber was responsible for three more goals, Michalko chipped in with two and goalie David Morton stopped eight shots...Harper and Co. followed that with another WWPA rankings scrambler, an 11-10 decision over No. 9 UC Davis...It was a taut affair throughout with UCSD earning the first two-goal lead for either club when Saber's goal with 3:03 left in the third made it 9-7...Another Saber goal, is third of the contest, made it 11-8 in the fourth and the Tritons withstood a late Aggie rally for the win...Soph Josh Stiling added a pair of goals for UCSD and Morton recorded another eight saves.

W-VOLLEYBALL WINS TWO;  HOSTS SAN BERNARDINO WEDNESDAY
After seeing its nine-game, season-opening undefeated string snapped two weekends ago at home, the 12th-ranked Women's Volleyball team came up with a split from a pair of matches in Northern California Friday and Saturday...Coach Ricci Luyties' spikers turn around and go back upstate this weekend to tangle with Cal State Monterey Bay (5-7/2-7) and Cal State East Bay (9-4/5-4) but first there's the matter of defending CCAA champion and current frontrunner Cal State San Bernardino (13-0/8-0)...The Coyotes, ranked third nationally, come into RIMAC Arena Wednesday night...UCSD enters Wednesday's showdown at 10-2 overall, is 6-2 in CCAA action and has slipped to fourth in the league standings. 

The Tritons rebounded quickly from their first loss of the season by opening last weekend's road trip with a clear-cut, 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-18) runaway over Humboldt State...Seniors Katie Condon (12 kills) and Hillary Williamson (10) paced a UCSD attack that out-hit the Lumberjacks (.250-.065)...Senior Roxanne Brunsting (16) and freshman Amber Hawthorne (17) had a near perfect split of the assist column while sharing setting chores...Brunsting also recorded a team high 15 digs and Williamson had two of UCSD's five aces...It was the Tritons' 14th consecutive win over Humboldt.

Making the tough overnight transition to Sonoma proved more than Luyties' club could handle, however, as the Tritons got off to a slow start and were unable to recover, dropping a 3-1 (25-13, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18) decision to Sonoma State...Williamson and Condon were again potent offensively, combining for 26 kills, but as a team UCSD hit just .162 compared to .275 for the hosts and that wound up being the difference on this night...UCSD held a slight edge (9.50-9.0) in the blocking column, Brunsting and Hawthorne handed out 18 and 17 assists respectively, Brunsting and Condon each had a pair of aces and Brunsting and senior Janessa Werhane piled up 18 digs apiece.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Men's Water Polo Head Coach Denny Harper, Men's Soccer Coach Jon Pascale and Hillary Williamson of the Women's Volleyball team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

The Triton Tennis teams competed at the USTA/Intercollegiate Tennis Assn. (ITA) Regional Championships at Cal State L.A. last week and when it was over, there was plenty of positive for Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's squad...The twosome of junior Austin West and sophomore Devon Sousa won the doubles title, knocking off Ahmed Saleen and Bastien Tonus of Grand Canyon, 8-2, in the finals...Meanwhile, sophomore Max Jiganti reach the singles finals before falling, 6-2, 6-4, to Yevehn Zakharov of BYU-Hawaii...On the women's side, Coach Liz LaPlante's young crew settled for experience more than accolades this time around...The top finish was recorded by the doubles teams of Tara Vanooteghem-Melissa Breisacher and Haley Perotte-Jacquelyn Davis which both reached the quarterfinals.

Coach Mike Wydra's Golf Team saw its first action of the fall, finishing seventh in the eight-team California Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Diamond Valley Golf Course in Hemet...The Tritons finished at 905 in the team scoring...The event was won by Cal State San Marcos at 869...Freshman Jay Lim was the top UCSD finisher, placing 10th overall at 218.

Homecoming 2011 is scheduled for the weekend of October 21-23...For more information, Triton alumni athletes can check ucsdtritons.com, call (858) 534-8460 or e-mail tritons@ucsd.edu.

This week's Athletic Dept.-Dining Hall Promotion, Taste of the Tritons, will be visiting Revelle's Plaza Café as UCSD Cross Country athletes Jackie Sikkema, Samantha Groff, Mario Flores and Anthony Heredia will be serving up chicken, steak and carnitas quesadillas between 6:00 and 7:00 PM on Wednesday night...Don't miss it.

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M Golf at Day Two
All Day
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W Tennis at Cal State Northridge Tournament
All Day
Northridge
W Soccer at Sonoma State
12:30 PM
Rohnert Park
M Soccer at Sonoma State
3:00 PM
Rohnert Park
W Volleyball at Cal State Dominguez Hills
7:00 PM
Carson
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9:00 AM
UC San Diego
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12:00 PM
UC San Diego
M Water Polo at Loyola Marymount
1:00 PM
Los Angeles
W Volleyball at Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
Los Angeles
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W Crew vs. Row for the Cure
6:00 AM
Mission Bay
M Crew vs. Row for the Cure
7:30 AM
Mission Bay
Fencing at San Diego Open
9:00 AM
San Diego (Cathedral Catholic HS)
W Soccer at Humboldt State
11:30 AM
Arcata
M Soccer at Humboldt State
2:00 PM
Arcata
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All Day
Los Angeles
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