UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 24, 2011)
Release: Sunday 10/24/2011 
by UCSD
Senior Lindsay Mills and the Women's Soccer team close out the regular season at home this weekend.
Senior Lindsay Mills and the Women's Soccer...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Mon., Oct. 24---Golf---UCSD at CSUMB Otter Invitational---All Day

Tue., Oct. 25---Golf---UCSD at CSUMB Otter Invitational---All Day

Fri., Oct. 28---MSoccer---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 28---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. UC Davis---6:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 28---WVolleyball---UCSD at Chico State---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 28---WSoccer---UCSD vs. San Franciscso State---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 29---Fencing---UCSD hosts Bladerunner---10:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 29---Swimming & Diving---UCSD vs. Claremont---Noon
Sat., Oct. 29---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 30---Fencing---UCSD hosts Bladerunner---10:00 AM
Sun., Oct. 30---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---Noon
Sun., Oct. 30---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---2:30 PM


WOMEN'S SOCCER SWEEPS WEEKEND, CLINCHES CCAA BERTH
Now assured of a spot in the CCAA Championships (Nov. 4-6) and looking to end the regular season in style, Coach Brian McManus's eighth-ranked Women's Soccer team will take a three-game win streak into this weekend's home clashes against San Francisco State (8-7-1/6-7-1) and Cal Poly Pomona  (9-5-2/7-5-4)...Sunday vs. CPP will be Senior Day...The Tritons, who defeated both of this week's opponents on the road in mid-September, remained entrenched in the top seat of the CCAA's South Division, six pts. up on second place Cal State L.A. and needing just one point this weekend to win it outright...Since they own the tiebreaker with CSULA, the Tritons are already guaranteed the No. 1 seed in the upcoming CCAA Championships.

Senior Shelby Wong's natural hat trick propelled UCSD to a 5-0 runaway over visiting Humboldt State Friday night...Wong's first two goals came just over three minutes apart in the first 16 minutes of the game...The first initiated from a Hayley Johnson corner with freshman Cassie Callahan heading to Wong for the easy finish...The second of was the result of a Lumberjack defensive lapse and her third, which came in the 52nd minute, was a one-timed blast from the top of the box off a feed from Sarah McTigue...Freshman Taryn Bales and sophomore Alexa Enlow finished up the offensive parade, the latter netting her first goal of the year in the final two minutes...Senior Kristin Armstrong and junior Sarah Garland combined for the shutout, turning away three HSU tries, as UCSD outshot the Lumberjacks, 23-7.

Sunday afternoon, the Tritons got second half goals from McTigue and fellow senior Courtney Capobianco to knock off CCAA North Division-leading Sonoma State, 2-0...The victory cinched UCSD's berth in the upcoming CCAA Championships...After a scoreless first half, UCSD wasted little time in making its mark following the break...Two minutes and 49 seconds in, McTigue elevated above a crowd of players right in front of the goal and headed home a Johnson corner kick for her team-leading seventh goal of the season...It was Johnson's 12th assist, tying her for sixth on the UCSD single season chart...McManus & Co. got some insurance in the 86th minute when Capobianco, who took a nice blow from SSU keeper Alexis Aciacqua in the process, headed in the rebound of senior Sara Spaventa's long range rocket off the crossbar ...UCSD earned the shooting edge, 15-8, and Armstrong made four stops in recording the Tritons' 12th shutout of the campaign.

Watch Coach Brian McManus's Sunday post-game interview.
Watch senior Sara McTigue's Sunday post-game interview.
Watch senior Shelby Wong's Friday night post-game interview.

M-SOCCER TAKES TWO-GAME WIN STREAK INTO FINAL WEEKEND
Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team, displaying some mettle with a home sweep last weekend, now closes out its season at Triton Soccer Stadium this Friday and Sunday against CCAA South rivals San Francisco State (5-9-2/4-9-1) and Cal Poly Pomona (9-5-2/8-4-2)...Sunday will be Senior Day...The Tritons now find themselves 8-8 overall, 7-7 in the CCAA and remain fourth in the six-team CCAA South Division...UCSD topped fifth place San Francisco State and lost to third place Cal Poly Pomona earlier in the season, both on the road.

In an up-and-down affair Friday night, UCSD ultimately ended on the "up" side, using a pair of second half goals to stop Humboldt State, 3-2...The Lumberjacks took an early, 1-0, lead and after Triton sophomore Alec Arsht knotted it with his second goal of the year in the 29th minute, they converted a penalty kick to re-assume command, 2-1, just before intermission...The second 45 minutes was all UCSD as the Tritons out-shot HSU, 7-2 (14-9 on the night) and drew even again at 57:54 when junior Kian Malek corralled a Cory Wolfrom cross and put the ball in the right side of the net for his second goal of the season...Less than 10 minutes later, Arsht struck for the second time...Soph Tsuk Haroush produced some fancy footwork along the end line, laid the ball off to Arsht who re-directed it in for the first multi-goal game of his career.

In perhaps their most impressive performance of the year, junior Evan Walker scored 5:36 into the second overtime period and the Tritons gutted out a 2-1 victory over CCAA North Division-leading Sonoma State Sunday afternoon...The Tritons took their first lead in this one when Wolfrom, who had five shots on the day, deposited a Sam Ball feed into the top right corner at the 49:45 mark of the second half...The Seawolves came even at 67:43 but in their post-goal celebration Jomed Tejan got red-carded, meaning Sonoma would be playing a man down for the remainder of the contest...The game became increasingly chippy and both squads had chances they failed to convert...Walker had two high quality opportunities for UCSD, including one where he appeared to be pulled down from behind in the box but no foul was whistled...In a hard-fought game where both teams took 12 shots and UCSD's corner kick edge was a mere 7-6, Walker finally broke through with an assist from Andrew Keimach... Sophomore Josh Cohen got the start in goal and made four saves.

Watch Coach Jon Pascale's Sunday post-game interview.
Watch junior Evan Walker's Sunday post-game interview.

                      

WATER POLO TANGLES WITH NO. 12 UC DAVIS HERE FRIDAY
Still looking for a big win to get a late season run started, Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo squad will get just such an opportunity Friday night when it squares off for the second time this year against 12th-ranked conference foe UC Davis at Canyonview Pool...UCSD upended the Aggies, 12-9, when the two teams hooked up earlier this month at the SoCal Tournament...With a road-home split last week, the Tritons come into this week's match-up at 12-7.

Last Friday in Los Angeles, Harper & Co. fell for the third time in four meetings against No. 11 Loyola Marymount, dropping a 14-10 decision...The Tritons were in command early and the last of senior Graham Saber's three goals put them up, 5-2, early in the second quarter...By halftime, the Lions had evened the score and a four-goal third period put them on the way to victory... Junior Brian Donohoe was UCSD's only other multiple goal scorer with two and senior goalie David Morton made six saves.

The Tritons bounced back the next morning, easily handling visiting Occidental, 16-4, as Saber put in three first period tallies en route to a five-goal outing... Donohoe, senior Chris Barton and freshman Joe Dietrich all chipped in with a pair of goals as UCSD cruised to a 9-2 halftime advantage and was never threatened.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL RUNS STREAK TO FIVE-IN-ROW
Riding the crest of a five-match winning streak, the No. 18 Women's Volleyball team heads north for its final road trip of the season, taking on Chico State (15-6/10-5) Friday and Cal State Stanislaus (9-10/5-10) Saturday...Coach Ricci Luyties' spikers, who carved up both Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills in straight sets last weekend at RIMAC Arena, are now 15-4 overall, 11-4 in CCAA play and third, one game ahead of Chico State in the conference standings .

The Tritons hit a solid .271 as a team and senior outside hitter Katie Condon had a big night (13 kills/.429 pct.) in Friday's, 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-21) triumph over always-dangerous Cal State L.A...Senior Janessa Werhane dug a team high 12 balls and freshmen Amber Hawthorne and Lauren Demos each had two of UCSD's six aces...The Tritons won the blocking battle, 8-3.

Twenty-four hours later, it was another workman-like performance, this time a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-22) decision over last place Cal State Dominguez Hills...Senior Hillary Williamson had nine kills and Demos checked in with seven...The setting duo of senior Roxanne Brunsting (20 assists) and freshman Amber Hawthorne (16) continued to work the 6-2 system well with the latter also piling up 14 digs to pace UCSD in that category.

Listen to Coach Ricci Luyties' Saturday night post-match comments.

THIRD, FOURTH PLACE CCAA CROSS COUNTRY FINISHES FOR TRITONS
It was a matter of "better, but not quite good enough" for the Cross Country teams at last weekend's CCAA Championships at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa...The Tritons had finished fourth on the men's side and fifth in the women's race last year and coming into Saturday Head Coach Nate Garcia was aiming at a pair of second place results...Instead, he saw the men take third in the eight-team field, racking up 84 points which put them well behind repeat champion Chico State, 17 short of second place San Francisco State and a comfortable 25 clear of fourth place Humboldt State...Chico State also captured the women's race in dominating fashion...Second through fifth places---Cal Poly Pomona (98), Cal State L.A. (100), UCSD (103) and Cal State Stanislaus (107)---were all within nine points of each other in a four-team blanket finish.

Individually, the Triton men were again paced by junior Matt Lenehan who covered the 8K layout in 26:32.9, good for 10th place and putting him on the All-CCAA team...The next four for UCSD, who captured slots 17-20, were sophomores Kellen Levy (26:44.8) and Ben Rich (26:47.6) and seniors Jeremy Riley (26:48.6) and John Svet (26:54.5).

In the women's race, maintaining her year-long role of being the Tritons' top finisher, was sophomore Chia Chang who was the seventh runner to hit the tape in the 6K, clocking 21:34.8... Talented freshman Michelle LeRoux was next in, placing 13th in a time of 21:56.9...Rounding out the UCSD scorers were two freshmen---Dani Brabender (18th/22:08.0) and Alia Bales (28th/22:35.7)---and sophomore Ximena Cruz (37th/22:57.4)...Next up for the Tritons will be the NCAA West Regionals, one week from Saturday in Spokane, WA.

HOOPSTERS SET FOR EXHIBITIONS
The Men's and Women's Basketball team finally get a look at outside competition this week, each playing their first exhibition game of the fall... Coach Chris Carlson's men travel to Division I Utah State Saturday, taking on an Aggie contingent that has won four consecutive Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championships and been to three straight NCAA Tournaments under Coach Stew Morrill.

Two days earlier, Coach Charity Elliott's women, coming off a 20-11 season, will host NAIA Biola at RIMAC Arena...The two squads will tip off at 5:00 PM.

GOLFERS HEAD TO MONTEREY BAY TOURNEY
The Golf team travels to Northern California today for the third of its four fall tournaments, the Cal State Monterey Bay Otter Invitational, a two-day, 54-hole event at the Black Horse Golf Course.

Last week, sophomore Lewis Simon, tying for 21st place, was the top finisher at the Lindsay Olive Wildcat Classic in Corning, CA...As a team, the Tritons posted a 54-hole total of 935 to place ninth in the 16-team field at Sevillano Links... Simon fired a 13-over 229 (77-76-76)...Another soph, David Smith, was next at 234, good for a share of 35th place, followed by freshman Jay Lim (T38th/236) and sophomore Jacob Williams (T45th/239).

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with head coaches Charity Elliott (women's basketball) and Nate Garcia (cross country) as well as sophomore Alec Arsht of the men's soccer team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon on ucsdtritons.com.

Coach Heidi Runyan's Men's & Women's Fencing teams will host the annual Bladerunner this Saturday and Sunday in RIMAC Arena...The open format event will be limited to individual competition.

UCSD Soccer players Cassie Callahan, Laura Gordon and Michelle Yasutake will be "celebrity servers" this Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at Ocean View Terrace (OVT) Dining Hall as part of the UCSD Athletic Dept./Dining Service's Taste of the Tritons promotions...The Triton players will be dishing out tri-tip sandwiches and mashed potatoes.


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