Release: Sunday 10/09/2011 
Sophomore Lukas Syka and the Men's Water Polo team host UCSD Friday night.
Sophomore Lukas Syka and the Men's Water Polo team...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

Wed., Oct.12---MWater Polo---UCSD at Long Beach State---3:00 PM

Thu., Oct. 13---MTennis---UCSD at ITA Natl. Championships---All Day

Fri., Oct. 14---MTennis---UCSD at ITA Natl. Championships---All Day
Fri., Oct. 14---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. UC Santa Barbara---6:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 14---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 14---WVolleyball---UCSD at San Francisco State---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 14---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 15---MTennis---UCSD at ITA Natl. Championships---All Day
Sat., Oct. 15---Swimming & Diving---Blue-Gold Meet---11:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 15---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 16---MTennis---UCSD at ITA Natl. Championships---All Day
Sun., Oct. 16---MSoccer---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---Noon
Sun., Oct. 16---WSoccer---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---2:30 PM

Now 11-4 after a Sunday loss to No. 2 Cal, Coach Denny Harper's ninth-ranked Men's Water Polo team gets a tough mid-season test this week when it travels to Long Beach State to face the No. 14 49ers Wednesday and then returns to Canyonview Pool for a rematch with No. 5 UC Santa Barbara, a club that handled the Tritons easily at the recent SoCal Tournament.

Sunday was no picnic for the Tritons as the talented Bears, heavily laden with foreign standouts, scored a pair of goals in the first 90 seconds and never allowed UCSD closer than five in the second half en route to an 18-8 decision...Triton freshman Matt Michalko deposited three goals, one a highlight reel backhander in the fourth quarter...Senior Graham Saber and sophomore Josh Stiling picked up two each.

Watch Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Denny Harper.

Despite going winless on last week's two-game road trek, Coach Brian McManus's Women's Soccer team remained undefeated and now tries to extend that run when it comes home to host two perennially tough CCAA South Division foes---Cal State L.A. (8-2-2/6-2-2) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (6-5-1/4-5-1), Friday and Sunday...The Tritons, ranked No. 2 in the nation, are now 8-0-4 overall, 7-0-3 in the CCAA and occupy the top spot in the CCAA South, four points ahead of second place Cal State L.A...Dominguez Hills is in fourth.

Friday night at Chico State, senior keeper Kristin Armstrong stopped nine shots as UCSD battled the Wildcats to a 0-0 draw...The tie ended UCSD's six-game win streak...Chico State took 17 shots to the Tritons' 13 while the visitors took five corners and defended four...Two days later, the result was the same as UCSD played host Cal State Stanislaus played to a scoreless tie...Armstrong turned away seven Warrior shots as the Tritons registered their ninth shutout of the season and sixth in the last seven games...The shots were again just about even but UCSD earned nine corners to just two for Stanislaus.

Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team, feeling the sting of a two-loss road trip to Northern California, comes home this weekend for a key pair of CCAA South Division match-ups, squaring off against Cal State L.A. (7-1-4/5-1-4) Friday and Cal State Dominguez Hills (8-3-1/6-3-1) Sunday at Triton Soccer Stadium... UCSD suffered identical, 1-0, road defeats against both opponents earlier this season...Pascale's side brings a 6-6 overall mark into Friday's tussle and now stands 5-5 in CCAA play, fourth on the South Division ladder...CSULA and CSUDH are tied for second.

The Tritons saw their three-game winning streak snapped Friday night with a 2-1 loss at Chico State...The Wildcats scored the only goal of the first half but UCSD knotted the score 14:13 in the second session when sophomore Sam Ball finishing on a deflection, tallying for the second time in as many games with an assist from Cory Wolfrom...Chico State came back less than seven minutes later to net the game-winner on a long bender by Chris Akwaja...UCSD was out-shot, 17-8, and surrendered 12 corners while earning three...Most of the Wildcat numbers were generated in the first half.

Sunday, the Tritons suffered a heartbreaking, 2-1, loss at Cal State Stanislaus in the second overtime...The big, defensive-oriented Warriors led, 1-0, at halftime and appeared poised to win it in regulation but at 76:09, Wolfrom got tackled in the box and junior Alex Portela converted the ensuing penalty kick for his team-leading fourth goal of the year...The two teams remained deadlocked through 90 minutes and the first 10 minute OT session...The Tritons, who missed on a point blank shot in that first round of overtime, nearly won it in the second when a shot by Ball caromed off the inside of the post...With less than two minutes to go in the final OT and a point in its grasp, UCSD was stunned, caught off guard by a quick throw-in that resulted in a back post goal...The two teams finished with nearly equal shot and corner kick stats.


Coming off a trying three-match week that saw its loss total for the season double, Coach Ricci Luyties' 16th-ranked Women's Volleyball team now faces a difficult Northern California-to-Southern California road weekend that  is shaping up as critical... The Tritons have seen their record slip to 11-4 overall, 7-4 in league play and now sit fourth in the CCAA standings...Right behind them, tied for fifth, are this week's foes--San Francisco State (10-7/6-6) and Cal Poly Pomona (9-7/6-6)...Luyties' spikers own 3-0 home victories over both clubs.

Last Wednesday night, UCSD had its moments against undefeated and No. 3-ranked Cal State San Bernardino but in the end didn't have enough firepower to subdue the league-leading Coyotes, falling, 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17)...Following a lethargic first set performance, it looked like it would be a quick night as San Bernardino raced out to a commanding, 8-1, second set advantage...But the Tritons fought back to score nine of the next 11 points and tie it at 10...It was still deadlocked at 22 before kills by Roxanne Brunsting and Hillary Williamson and a Katie Condon ace sealed the game for UCSD... It was 21-all in the third when the Coyotes reeled off the final four points to take control of both the set and the match...Williamson led UCSD with 15 kills and 27 digs but CSUSB out-hit (.245-.107) and out-blocked (12.5-7) the Tritons on the night.

On the road two nights later at Cal State Monterey Bay, the Tritons started slowly and again it came back to haunt them in a 3-1 (25-19, 31-29, 21-25, 25-21) upset at the hands of the Otters...Williamson (12) and Condon (10) reached double figures in the kills column but overall UCSD hit a sub-par . 167 which negated a 14-8 advantage at the net...Brunsting dished out 25 assists and had a team high 18 digs while freshman Lauren Demos had three solo stuff blocks and five assists...A late, 9-3, Monterey run decided the first set and the Tritons were unable to convert a pair of match points in the second.

Saturday night, it took a furious rally for the Tritons to put away Cal State East Bay, 3-2 (21-25, 20-25, 25-12, 25-21, 15-13) and avoid another NorCal ambush...Williamson ripped 14 kills, had four aces and 21 digs to pace UCSD and Demos accounted for 12 kills while hitting at a .303 clip...Brunsting handed out 26 assists and dug 16 balls, while soph Brittany Lombardi, getting extended playing time, recorded 23 digs...Down, 2-0, the Tritons launched 13-3 and 9-2 runs early in the third and fourth sets to key the comeback...UCSD rolled out to a seemingly secure, 10-5, edge in the fifth set but were holding on when Demos' kill at 14-13 finally settled things.

Watch Wednesday's post-match interview with Ricci Luyties.

With the 2011 CCAA Championships at Sonoma just two weeks away, Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country teams made a big statement at last Saturday's Triton Classic, posting victories in the men's and women's divisions for the first time in the history of the event...The margins were clear-cut for both sides...The women scored 38 points to finish 82 points ahead of runner-up Central Arizona and the men were more dominant than the final numbers might indicate, racking up 36 points, which left second  place Central Arizona 10  points short and CCAA rival Cal Poly Pomona another 30 back.

For the women sophomore Chia Chang and freshman Michelle LeRoux provided a potent 1-2 punch on the front end...Chang out-sprinted LeRoux over the final 150 meters to place third, clocking 22:17.5 over the 6K course...Le Roux was next in at 22:18.9... Another freshman, Dani Brabender was the third Triton runner to cross the line, snagging 10th in a time of 23:17.9...Other scorers were Aaryn Kobayashi (12th/23:39.2), Ximena Cruz (14th/23:37.7), Kathryn Turner (15th/23:38.7) and Alia Bales (18th/23:49.2).

A short time later, junior Matt Lenehan powered to a second place finish in the men's race, covering the 10K layout in 32:49.6...He led a parade of eight Triton runners in the top 14...The senior duo of Alex Corliss (33:13.7) and John Svet (33:23.0) came home seventh and eighth followed by sophomores Ben Rich (33:28.5), Kellen Levy (33:39.0) and Mario Flores (34:00.0) in ninth, 10th and 12th respectively...UCSD's final scorer was senior Anthony Heredia (13th/34:00.5) and Jeremy Riley was 14th.

Watch the Triton Classic highlight reel and interviews.

Junior Austin West and sophomore Devon Sousa of the Men's Tennis team will be heading to Mobile, AL this week for the ITA National Small College Championships which start Thursday at Copeland-Cox Tennis Center...The duo earned their trip to 'Bama by winning the ITA Regional Doubles Championships two weeks ago in Los Angeles...It will be a back-to-back trek for West, who teamed with senior Erik Elliott to win the national doubles title.

The week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten is scheduled to feature interviews with Women's Soccer Coach Brian McManus, Women's Volleyball Coach Ricci Luyties and junior Matt Lenehan of the Cross Country team.

New Head Coaches Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo will put their 2011 Swimming & Diving teams through their paces for the first time Saturday in the annual Blue-Gold intrasquad meet at Canyonview Pool...The roster will be broken up via draft and the bulk of the meet will feature non-traditional races.

Homecoming 2011 is slated for Saturday, October 22...The annual Alumni Athlete BBQ will start at noon in the Triton Track & Field Stadium...For more information, check the Athletics website or call (8580 534-4211.

Alumni Athletes, click here to register for Homecoming 2011.

Men's Water Polo standouts Lukas Syka, Josh Stiling and Danny Lorch will be serving up 'breakfast burritos for dinner" this Thursday night between 6:00 and 7:00 PM at Warren's Canyon Vista dining hall as part of the Athletic Department's Taste of the Tritons promotion.

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