UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 31, 2011)
Release: Saturday 10/30/2011 
by UCSD
Josh Stiling and the No. 11 Men's Water Polo team face Santa Clara and UCLA this weekend at Canyonview.
Josh Stiling and the No. 11 Men's Water Polo...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Tues., Nov. 1---MBasketball---UCSD at Cal (exhib.)---7:30 PM

Wed., Nov. 2---MTennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiates---All Day
Wed., Nov. 2---WBasketball---UCSD at Stanford (exhib.)---7:00 PM

Fri., Nov. 4---WSoccer---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBA
Fri., Nov. 4---Swim & Dive---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---1:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 4---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Santa Clara---6:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 4---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:00 PM

Sat., Nov. 5---MBasketball---UCSD at Disney West Coast Classic---2:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 5---Cross Country---UCSD at NCAA West Regionals---10:30 AM
Sat, Nov. 5---WCrew---UCSD at Head of the Marina---7:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 5---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---7:00 PM

Sun., Nov. 6---WSoccer---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBA
Sun., Nov. 6---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. UCLA---12:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 6---MBasketball---UCSD at Disney West Coast Classic---6:30 PM
Sun., Nov. 6---WCrew---UCSD at Newport Autumn Rowing Festival---8:00 AM
Sun., Nov. 6---Fencing---UCSD at Collegiate Open---9:30 AM          


W-SOCCER ENTERS CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP AS NO. 1 SEED

Coach Brian McManus's Women's Soccer team heads into this weekend's CCAA Championship tournament as the No. 1 seed and on a five-game winning streak after sweeping its final two regular season contests at home...The Tritons, ranked seventh nationally and outright champions of the CCAA's South Division, are now 13-1-4 overall and have surrendered just four goals in those 18 games.

Friday night, UCSD battered visiting San Francisco State with 22 shots but needed junior Jessica Wi's unassisted goal, her second of the season, in the 70th minute, to eke out a 1-0 victory over the stubborn Gators...Wi's goal came shortly after SFSU keeper Annicia Jones had blocked Ellen Wilson's penalty kick...The diminutive midfielder got free along the end line and stuffed a bad-angled shot between Jones and the post for the game's only score...Junior Kristin Armstrong was called on to make just two saves in goal for UCSD.

The Tritons had to fight off another inspired opponent Sunday before prevailing, 2-0, over Cal Poly Pomona...UCSD out-shot the Broncos, 14-10, and earned nine corners while giving up just three but the contest was still scoreless at intermission...Junior Gabi Hernandez broke the deadlock at 49:31...Freshman Cassie Callahan won the ball along the end line and fed Hernandez who was unable to play it cleanly but eventually gained control and put a left-footer into the net...The Tritons iced it at 81:39, catching Cal Poly off-guard on a corner... Instead of regular Hayley Johnson taking the try, Wi jumped in and played a short ball back to Johnson on the right flank...Johnson sent a low entry pass that skidded through a crowd and onto the foot of redshirt freshman Izzy Pozurama who did the rest, notching her third goal of the season...Armstrong made seven saves, including three on point blank Bronco attempts during a late game scrum in front of the goal, to preserve the Tritons' 14th shutout of the fall.

Watch Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Brian McManus.
Watch Sunday's post-game interview with junior Gabi Hernandez.
Watch Friday night's post-game interview with Hayley Johnson.

WATER POLO DUMPS UC DAVIS; FACES BIG HOME WEEKEND
Coach Denny Harper's 11th-ranked Men's Water Polo team will look to build on a rock solid performance last Friday against No. 12 UC Davis as it continues its march towards the Nov. 17-20 WWPA Championships with a pair of home games this weekend...No. 15 Santa Clara invades Canyonview Pool on Friday and top-ranked UCLA comes in for an afternoon tilt Sunday.

Against WWPA rival UC Davis, UCSD likely sewed up no worse than a second seed in the WWPA tourney when it scored six of the final eight goals en route to a 10-6 triumph...Senior goalie David Morton was stellar, turning away 10 shots, several with big time blocks, and UCSD got a three-goal effort from sophomore Josh Stiling with senior Graham Saber and junior John Butler adding two apiece...Stiling's six-on-five tally just inside the near post with 3:55 left in the first half put the Tritons up for good and Butler had a strong all-around game, scoring his first goal on a picture perfect lob and adding a couple of key assists.

Listen to Friday night's post-game comments from senior David Morton.

W-VOLLEYBALL AIMS TO EXTEND WIN STREAK AT HOME
Riding a seven-match winning streak (which has included three five-setters), the 18th-ranked Women's Volleyball team starts a two-week, five-match conference regular season-ending stretch this weekend when it squares off against second place Sonoma State (19-4/16-2) Friday and 10th place Humboldt State (8-14/5-13) Saturday at RIMAC Arena...Coach Ricci Luyties' Tritons, now 17-4 overall, are 13-4 in CCAA and remain a solid third on the conference ladder.

Last Friday night in Chico, UCSD overcame a first set loss to put away host Chico State, 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-17), avenging an earlier loss to the Wildcats in La Jolla...The Tritons, who got double digit kill performances from seniors Katie Condon (14), Hillary Williamson (12) and Julia Freidenberg (10), out-hit Chico by a wide margin (.231-.117) and rattled off eight aces, three by freshman setter Amber Hawthorne...Five players recorded at least 10 digs, led by senior libero Janessa Werhane with 18...Outside of the early stages, Luyties' club was in command throughout each of the final three games.

Things were much tougher the next night in Turlock but after dropping the first two sets to Cal State Stanislaus, the Tritons stormed back and never trailed while capturing the next three for a 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-11, 25-15, 15-9) decision...UCSD hit .237 for the night, compared to .136 for the Warriors, and those numbers soared to a combined .318 over the final three games...It was again a senior-driven offensive effort with Condon (17), Roxanne Brunsting (13) and Williamson (12) accounting for 42 of the Tritons' 61 kills as well as 54 assists...Hawthorne was again steady, handing out 31 assists and serving up another three aces.

TRITONS FACE BIG NCAA REGIONAL CROSS COUNTRY TEST
Looking for more improvement after posting third (men) and fourth (women) place finishes at the recent CCAA Championships, Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country teams return to Spokane, WA for the NCAA West Regional Championships this Saturday...The top four teams of each gender will qualify for the Nov. 19 NCAA Championships, which will be held on the same Plantes Ferry course where this Saturday's races are being contested and where Garcia's squad ran earlier in the season.

The women will go 6K starting at 10:30 AM followed by the men's 10K trek at 11:30 AM over an all-grass course that Garcia described as "deceptively difficult"...At the top of the Triton women's order will be sophomore Chia Chang, the team's No. 1 finisher in every race thus far in 2011...She will be backed up by fast-improving freshman duo of Michelle LeRoux and Dani Brabender as well as senior Aaryn Kobayashi, sophomore Ximena Cruz and two other first-year runners, Alia Bales and Madison Tanner.

On the men's side, it will be junior Matt Lenehan, seniors Alex Corliss, John Svet and Jeremy Riley and sophomores Kellen Levy, Mario Flores and Ben Rich...The top five on both sides will be counted for scoring purposes.

                            

M-SOCCER TOPS SFSU, CAL POLY POMONA TO CONCLUDE SEASON
A CCAA Championship berth--something that had seemed like an impossibility two weeks ago--came down to one game Sunday for Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team...Unfortunately, that game was being played in Northern California between two other teams and when the result went the wrong way, UCSD was left hanging, two points short of the conference tournament...So the Tritons 2011 season came to an end Sunday after they had won their fourth consecutive game and upped their overall record to 10-8 and their league mark to 9-7, good for third in the ultra-tough CCAA South.

Pascale's side started the final regular season weekend with its highest goal-scoring output of the year in a 4-1 victory over San Francisco State...For all intents and purposes, it was the Cory Wolfrom show as the talented sophomore scored a goal and assisted on the other three...After SFSU had drawn first blood in the 10th minute, UCSD's Adam Zernik sent a cross over the top which Wolfrom corralled near the end line, played back to the top of the box where Jordan Valenciano outside-footed a ball that curled into the far side...The first half ended at 1-1 but just over five  minutes into the second session, Wolfrom converted a PK and that opened the floodgates...Junior Evan Walker got his third of the year and sophomore Alec Arsht his fourth as the Tritons won going away, despite being out-shot, 17-10.

Sunday, knowing it had to beat Cal Poly Pomona, a team it had lost to by three goals in September, and  hope both Sonoma State and Cal State Stanislaus would lose, UCSD held up its end of the bargain, topping the visiting Broncos, 1-0...Wolfrom was again the offensive catalyst...At 38:06, he was pulled down making a diagonal run through the box...He proceeded to nail the penalty kick for his team-leading fifth goal and 18th point of the season...Sophomore Josh Cohen turned away five shots while recording the shutout in goal... After learning that Sonoma State had fallen at home, the Tritons had fleeting hopes of salvaging their post-season dreams, but Cal State Stanislaus refused to play along, knocking off host Humboldt State to earn the last CCAA slot.

Hear Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Jon Pascale.
Hear Friday night's post-game interview with sophomore Cory Wolfrom.

SWIM & DIVE ROUTS CLAREMONT IN OPENER
The Matt Macedo/Corrie Falcon era of Swimming & Diving got off to a rousing start Saturday as UCSD won 17 of 18 events while romping to victories in both the men's (177-111) and women's (175-112) competitions against visiting Claremont...Senior Alex Henley, a three-time NCAA champion, displayed her versatility, touching first in the 200 freestyle (1:55.73), 200 butterfly (2:05.78) and 200 backstroke (2:05.77)...Joining Henley as multiple winners on the women's side were junior Emily Adamczyk (200 breaststroke/2:22.75 & 200 IM/2:08.40), freshman Jessica Norgaard (1,000/10:38.81 & 500/5:12.53 freestyles) and senior diver Jamie Pearce (1M/214.65 & 3M/237.90).

On the men's side, freshman Dane Stassi rolled in both butterfly races, dropping his personal best by over a second in the 200, clocking the second fastest time in school history,1:48.97, and coming back to take the 100 in 50.66...Other double winners were senior Matt Herman (1,000/9:35.58 & 500/4:47.98 freestyles) and sophomores Alex Merrill (200/1:43.01 & 100/47.33 freestyles) and See Han Lee (200 breaststroke/2:06.89 & 200 IM/1:58.48)...In the diving well, junior NCAA runner-up Tyler Runsten won the 3-meter (337.50 pts.) and senior teammate Patrick Cohen captured the 1-meter (290.93), both hitting NCAA qualifying marks in the process.

Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with Head Coach Corrie Falcon.
Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with Diving Coach Michelle Casillas.
Hear Saturday's post-meet comments from senior Alex Henley.
Hear Saturday's post-meet comments from freshman Dane Stassi.

TRITON HOOPSTERS DEBUT AT DISNEY CLASSIC
The fifth year of the Chris Carlson era in Men's Basketball tips off this weekend in Anaheim when UCSD participates in the annual Disney West Coast Classic...The Tritons, coming off a 11-17 campaign in 2010-11 will tangle with Chestnut Hill (PA) Friday and Western Washington Saturday before closing up against Dominican Sunday...Carlson will be without leading rebounder and second-leading scorer Casey Ryan but will have the rest of last year's starting lineup at his disposal...Among that group is 6-8 senior Christian Hatch who averaged 14.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per outing as a junior.

The Tritons prepped for their season opener with a 74-42 exhibition loss against Division I Utah State last Friday night in Logan, UT...Sophomore Mackenzie McCullough led UCSD with 13 points, hitting 5-of-9 from the floor, including three treys...Carlson & Co. will challenge Cal in a final pre-season test tomorrow night in Berkeley.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CONTINUES PRE-SEASON TOUR
After rolling over NAIA Biola in its exhibition opener at RIMAC Arena last week, the Women's Basketball team will try much tougher company when it plays the second of three pre-season contest Wednesday against Division I power Stanford in Palo Alto...Coach Charity Elliott's squad will face San Diego State in its final exhibition next week before opening the regular season at the GNAC-CCAA Crossover Classic, Nov. 10-11, in Northern California.

Last Thursday, the Tritons pummeled Biola, 67-43, getting a combined 30 points from seniors Daisy Feder (16) and Lauren Freidenberg (14) and seven assists from another senior Chelsea Carlisle.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show with host Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with head coaches Chris Carlson (m-basketball) and Denny Harper (m-water polo) as well as Katie Condon of the women's volleyball team and Annie Wethe from women's soccer.

Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew raised more than $15,000 in support of breast cancer research for the Susan G. Komen Foundation at Sunday's 10th annual Row for the Cure on Mission Bay...The Tritons will double up this weekend as Pinkerton sends her varsity group to the Head of the Marina in Marina del Rey Saturday and the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival Sunday.

The Fencing team hosted its annual Bladerunner Invitational last Saturday and Sunday at RIMAC Arena...Nearly 200 competitors took part and Triton fencers snagged first place in both foil events, junior Michael Fong taking the men's division and senior Julia Wu the women's...Sophomore Rose Forcier was runner-up behind Wu...Sophomore Munira Gesner was the third place finisher in women's sabre while soph Nick Bartuzik wound up sixth in men's sabre.

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