UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (March 5, 2012)
Release: Thursday 03/04/2012 
by UCSD
Erin Dautremont and the Women's Basketball team open NCAA Regional play at RIMAC Arena Friday.
Erin Dautremont and the Women's Basketball...
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Tues., Mar. 6---MTennis---UCSD vs. Villanova---2:00 PM

Wed., Mar. 7---WTennis---UCSD vs. Western New Mexico---12:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 7---MTennis---UCSD vs. Western New Mexico---2:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 7---Softball---UCSD vs. Felician College (DH)---4:00 PM

Thurs., Mar. 8---WTennis---UCSD vs. Barry---2:00 PM
Thurs., Mar. 8---MVolleyball---UCSD at UCLA---7:00 PM

Fri., Mar. 9---WBasketball---UCSD hosts NCAA Regionals---7:30 PM
Fri., Mar. 9---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 9---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. Colorado State---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 9---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 9---MVolleyball---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---7:00 PM

Sat., Mar. 10---WBasketball---UCSD hosts NCAA Regionals---TBA
Sat., Mar. 10---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---TBA
Sat., Mar. 10---WCrew---UCSD at Sacramento Invitational---7:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 10---MTennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii Pacific---10:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 10---Track & Field---UCSD hosts San Diego Challenge---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 10---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---12:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 10---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---12:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 10---WWater Polo---UCSD at Loyola Marymount---12:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 10---WTennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii Pacific---2:00 PM

Sun., Mar. 11---WBasketball---UCSD at NCAA Regionals---TBA
Sun., Mar. 11---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---TBA
Sun., Mar. 11---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---11:00 AM


HOOPS TEAM TO HOST NCAA REGIONAL; CHICO STATE FIRST ROUND OPPONENT
Stunned in the CCAA Championship semi-finals by a buzzer-beating heave, Coach Charity Elliott's No. 1-ranked Women's Basketball team will get an immediate reprieve as it was selected as No. 1 seed and  host of the NCAA West Regional this week...The eight-team event starts with four games Friday, moves to the semi-finals Saturday with the regional championship tilt set for Monday night...UCSD, which will meet CCAA rival Chico State (18-10) in a 7:30 PM first round match-up, comes in with a 28-2 record and plenty of motivation after seeing its CCAA Tournament hopes go up in smoke last Friday...The Tritons, regular season CCAA champions, won both previous encounters with Chico State this year.

UCSD began its conference tournament run with a routine, 70-53, victory over visiting Sonoma State Tuesday night...The Tritons' three senior starters---Daisy Feder (23), Chelsea Carlisle (16) and Lauren Freidenberg (10)---combined to score 49 points...UCSD shot a blistering 46.2% from three-point land with Feder netting five, Carlisle dished out eight assists and Freidenberg topped the team with six boards...The outcome was in question until the Tritons went on a 13-2 run midway through the second half to take control of the game.

That put UCSD into Friday's semi-finals, also at RIMAC Arena, where it fell, 77-76, to a Cal State L.A. team it had beaten twice during the regular season...Up by 12 in the first half and then down by seven with 5:45 remaining, the Tritons appeared to have this one in the bag with a two-point lead, four seconds on the clock and the Golden Eagles inbounding 94-ft. from their basket...But L.A.'s Lorin Hammer got the ball, dribbled across half court and launched a prayer from the left sideline that hit nothing but net and sent the visitors into Saturday's tournament title game...It was UCSD's first home loss of the year...The backcourt tandem of Feder (22) and Carlisle (19) combined for 41 points while junior Emily Osga chipped in with 13, the same number as sophomore Erin Dautremont...The shooting numbers were nearly even but UCSD was out-rebounded by six as L.A. accumulated 17 offensive boards that turned into 21 second chance points...Dautremont topped UCSD on the glass with nine rebounds and Carlisle distributed seven assists.

Listen to Coach Charity Elliott's Friday night post-game interview.

BASEBALL TACKLES MONTEREY BAY IN FOUR-GAME MATCH-UP
After coming away with 2-2 splits in its first three weekends of CCAA play, first-year Head Coach Eric Newman's Baseball team (8-12/6-6) returns home this weekend for a four-game slate with second place Cal State Monterey Bay (12-6/5-3), hoping to improve on its sixth place position on the conference table...The two teams hook up for single games Friday night and Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader on tap Saturday.

UCSD came back from a 4-3 deficit to nip Cal State East Bay, 5-4, in Friday's series opener...The Tritons went up, 3-2, on junior Richard Seigel's three-run bomb in the top of the fourth and after surrendering the lead tied it when Greg Ringold's second hit plated Danny Susdorf in the fifth...With the score still knotted in the eighth, Seigel started the inning by reaching on an error, stole second and came home Jonah Northrop's sacrifice fly...Junior Ryan Goodbrand got the start, lasted six innings before giving way to Justin Burns who notched his second win with a one-inning effort...Senior Tony York tossed a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Saturday, Newman & Co. twice squandered late game leads and walked away with a pair of one-run losses, 6-5 and 3-2...In the opener, the Tritons led, 5-2, after six and a half but the Pioneers scored three in the bottom of the seventh, thanks in large part to a pair of one-out walks, and scored the game-winner in the 10th on a fielder's choice...Both clubs had nine hits with Ringold, Northrop and Scott Liske each getting two for the Tritons...In game two, lefty Trevor Scott was cruising 2-0, having yielded just a pair of hits through five innings...But two hits and a crucial error led to three East Bay runs in the sixth and a one-run win...Ringold accounted for one run and three of UCSD's six  hits.

The Tritons squared the series with a 4-1 triumph in Sunday's getaway game...Senior Greg Selarz turned in six scoreless innings on the mound before giving way in the seventh, securing his thrid victory of the year...Nursing a 1-0 lead, the Tritons put a four hits and three runs on the board in the sixth with Liske getting the big knock, a two-run single that scored Garrett Tuck and Ringold...Sophomore Sean Rowan shut down the Pioneers on one hit over the last two frames.

UCSD FACES FIRST PLACE DOMINGUEZ HILLS; GERCKENS WINS NO. 500
With victories in 10 of its last 12 games, Coach Patti Gerckens' 20th-ranked Softball team continues to keep pace in the CCAA race...The Tritons, now 15-7 overall and 11-5 in league play, are fourth in the conference standings and come home this week to host first place Cal State Dominguez Hills (22-3/15-1) for doubleheaders Friday and Saturday.

Gerckens' club battered Cal State San Bernardino Friday, racking up 19 runs while sweeping a doubleheader, 9-0 and 10-1, with both games shortened due to the "eight-run rule"...UCSD compiled 11 hits in game one, breaking open a scoreless tie with a five-run fifth inning and then capping things off with four more in the sixth on a grand slam by sophomore shortstop Mya Romero...Senior Kris Lesovsky scored twice and drove in two with a jack of her own in the fifth...Sophomores Caitlin Brown and Kirsten Willmon and freshman Monique Portugal all contributed two hits and senior ace Camille Gaito scattered six hits and whiffed six on the way to her eighth win...It was more of the same in the nightcap as the Tritons built a 5-0 lead through their first three at bats and exploded for another five-run frame in the fourth to sew it up...Lesovsky and Brown homered, the former finishing with three hits, three runs scored and two RBIs...Junior hurler Michelle Escamilla went the distance for her third win.

After piling up 20 hits in its two games Friday, UCSD managed just three in the first game of Saturday's twinbill but came away with a 3-2 victory nonetheless...The Tritons got two of those hits in the first inning and, combined with three walks, they resulted in three runs...Gaito gave up four hits over seven innings accruing win No. 9...For Gerckens, UCSD's all-time winningest coach, it was career win No. 500...She didn't get to celebrate long as the series finale was nightmarish for UCSD which fell behind, 5-1, before making a seventh inning surge that fell one run shy in a 5-4 loss...The Tritons had eight hits to the Coyotes' six but two of the host's were home runs, accounting for three scores...Catcher Charley Swanberg and Brown both had two hits and the latter's second drove two runs home in the seventh inning and left UCSD with runners, who were ultimately stranded, at second and third with one out.

SWIMMING & DIVING TO SEND 31 TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coaches Matt Macedo and Corrie Falcon will officially be traveling to the March 14-17 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships in Mansfield, TX with 14 women and 17 men. The NCAA qualifying list, released last Wednesday and included UCSD women Emily Adamczyk, Jaclyn Amog, Eva Chen, Beth Dong, Olivia Fountain, Alex Henley, Sandy Hon, Jessica Norgaard, Neda Nguyen, Sierra Robbins, Gabby Rossbach, Anji Shakya, Amber Tan and Katherine Tse.

On the men's side, qualifiers included swimmers Julius Espiritu, Matt Herman, Nick Korth, Jacob  Lammott, Blake Langland, See Han Lee, Michael Lorch, Reid McCallum, Alex Merrill, Eric Owens, Adam Rice, Jeremy Smith, Dane Stassi and Adam Yen...From Coach Michelle Casillas' diving squad, Luke Calkins, Patrick Cohen and Tyler Runsten earned NCAA berths.

UCSD TO HOST SD COLLEGIATE CHALLENGE TRACK MEET SATURDAY

After an encouraging and somewhat surprising performance against an all-Division I field at last Saturday's All-Cal Challenge, the Track & Field team will be back on its home turf this Saturday to host the San Diego Collegiate Challenge...The field is scheduled to include San Diego State, Point Loma, Cal State San Marcos and a host of local junior college squads.

At UC Irvine Saturday, the Triton men finished second and the women placed third in the four team "all-UC competition"...UCSD's men's squad, behind senior Nick Howe's first place outing (201-8) in the javelin, collected 145.5 points, to narrowly  hold off third place UC Irvine (142.5)...UC Santa Barbara took team honors with 224 pts...In the women's division, big efforts by Jacqueline Rose and Deyna Roberson drove the Tritons to a 153.5 total, good for third, but well within range of first place UCSB (185) and runner-up UCI (153.5).

Rose set a meet record and ran the second fastest time in school history while winning the 400  in 54.9...The mark was also an NCAA provisional qualifier and she came back later in the day to hit the tape second in the 200 ( )...Roberson, meanwhile, nipped teammate Lauren  Irish to capture the 400 hurdles, clocking 63.82...Besides Irish, the Triton women also got silver medal finishes from Aaryn Kobayashi in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:29.72), Veronica Bradley in the high jump (5-5) and Erin Langford in both the long (18-2.5) and triple (37-11.25) jumps.

On the men's side, UCSD got a pair of seconds---Kellen Levy in the 3,000 (8:31.0) and Quentin McWhorter in the triple jump (46-5)---and thirds-Benjamin Berthet  in the pole vault (15-1) and Zach Nagengast in the discus (159-0).

WATER POLO WINS TWO; COLORADO STATE HERE FRIDAY
After starting a turnaround last weekend that Coach Brad Kreutzkamp hopes will have his team building towards the 2012 WWPA Championships in April, the Women's Water Polo plays a pair of testing conference matches this week, squaring off against Colorado State Friday night at Canyonview Pool and then visit No. 7 Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon...The No. 20 Tritons, now 9-8 after winning two-of-three in Northern California, opened the season with a victory over Colorado State in Denver but have yet to face LMU, who they defeated to win last year's WWPA title.

UCSD converted 7-of-12 man-up opportunities and in the words of Kreutzkamp, "were attacking from everywhere," in a 14-9 triumph at Sonoma State Friday...Senior Kirsten Bates found the back of the cage three times and four other Tritons---Sarah Lizotte, Jessica Tran, Natalie Peng and Katherine Biehle---registered two tallies apiece as UCSD established control quickly by outscoring the Seawolves, 5-1, in the first period...The victory snapped a string of four losses at the previous week's UCI Invitational.

After racing out to a 9-6 overtime lead, the Tritons had to hold on for dear life before subduing Pacific, 9-8, at the Davis Shootout Saturday morning...Bates again struck for three goals and Lizotte netted two...The contest was close throughout until UCSD appeared to put Pacific on the ropes by scoring the first three goals in the extra session...Lizotte drew a penalty shot put away by Bates and then rifled home another of her own moments later...Peng upped it  to 9-6 with less than three minutes remaining but a late Tiger rally made things interesting...Kreutzkamp and Co. absorbed their second one-sided defeat at the hands of No. 16 UC Davis in the afternoon as the host Aggies scored the first two goals and were never threatened in an 11-3 win...Lizotte, Peng and freshman Rachel Brooks hit the scoreboard for UCSD.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL TAKES ON NO. 2 BRUINS THURSDAY
Coach Kevin Ring and the Men's Volleyball team will try to reverse an eight-match skid when it travels to UCLA (17-2) Thursday and UC Santa Barbara (5-11) Friday, no easy assignment since the Bruins are ranked No. 2 nationally and the Gauchos check in at No. 11...UCSD is 3-15 after stumbling twice in Northern California last weekend.

The Tritons displayed more of their recent up-and-down personality Friday in Palo Alto, dropping a 3-1 (25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19) decision to No. 2 Stanford...UCSD hit a respectable .270 for the night, including .417 while winning the third set and out-blocked the Cardinal 10-7.5...But the hosts, siding out at a 77% clip and hitting a stellar .407, were just too much...Ring got double digit kill performances from juniors Carl Eberts (14) and Johl Awerkamp (14) and sophomore Vaun Lennon (13)...Libero Chase Frishman recorded 10 digs...Freshman Garrett Dempsey handed out 36 assists

On the second night of the NorCal sojourn, No. 12 Pacific proved a little tougher to handle, sweeping the Tritons for the second time this season, 3-0 (25-17, 27-25, 25-16)...Winning the hitting stats (.395-.193), the Tigers also owned the net with 12 blocks compared to UCSD's 4.5...Awerkamp's 10 kills paced the Tritons and soph Mike Brunsting came off the bench in relief of Dempsey to dish out 23 assists.

                        

MEN'S TENNIS STARTS FIVE-MATCH HOMESTAND VS. VILLANOVA TUESDAY
After a weekend of tournament play at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships, Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team steps back into dual match play this week, welcoming Division I Villanova and D--II rivals Western New Mexico and Hawaii Pacific to La Jolla...The No. 10 Tritons are 9-1 on the year in dual action.

In last week's Pacific Coast Doubles event at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the tandems of both Austin West-Devon Sousa and Sam Ling-Mark Meyer were taken out in the consolation bracket by the Loyola Marymount duo of Nicholas Bjerke-Sebastian Bustamante...West-Sousa were eliminated in the consolation semi-finals while Ling-Meyer were knocked out in the round of 32.

W-TENNIS BLITZES SONOMA STATE; BIG WEEK LOOMS
The 17th-ranked Women's Tennis team heads into the bulk of a six-match home stand when it hosts three out-of-state invaders, starting Wednesday with Western New Mexico...Perennial national power Barry comes to La Jolla on Thursday and key regional foe Hawaii Pacific wraps up the week Saturday.

UCSD upped its season mark to 4-5 with a 7-2 pasting of Sonoma State last Saturday...The catalyst was a sweep of the three doubles points as Melissa Breisacher-Jacquelyn Davis (No. 1), Melinda Chu-Tara Vanooteghem (No. 2) and Katie Mulloy-Melody Wu (No. 3) all posted comfortable wins...Breisacher proceeded to seize a straight set win at No. 1 singles, matched by Mulloy (No. 4), Vanooteghem (No. 5) and Krystal Mizuguchi (No. 6).

GOLFERS TURN IN TOP SHOWING OF '12
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf Team will take a one week tournament break after posting its best finish of the year at last week's Coyote Classic...The Tritons will next tee it up March 12 when they host the 62nd annual Southern California Intercollegiate at Mission Viejo Country Club.

Highlighted by sophomore Lewis Simon's fourth place individual finish, UCSD snagged third place in the 17-team Coyote Classic at Arrowhead Country Club last week with a team total of 868...Chico State grabbed the team title at 845...Firing a final round 68, Simon fashioned a three-over par 213 for the 54-hole event ...Fellow soph Jacob Williams finished in a tie for 10th at 216 and his second round 66 was the lowest score for any of the tourney's three rounds...Rounding out the Triton scorecard were a trio of freshmen, Marc Hermann (T17th/217), Austin Shuxioa (T37th/224) and Skyler Mednick (T81st/239)
 
MEN'S VARSITY EIGHT CLAIMS NEWPORT VICTORY
After logging a pair of wins and three second place finishes at Saturday's Opening Day Regatta in Newport  Beach, Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew will work on fine tuning between now and its next race, one week from Friday against Gonzaga and USD on Mission Bay.

In Newport Harbor, Johnson's varsity eight Jarod Backens, Peter Dvorak, Mark Bennett, Ross Bell, Johny Sutterfield, Drew Madden, Edwin Clement, Zach Sharfman and coxswain Samanth DeMeyer prevailed by less than a second over second place UC Santa Barbara, posting a time of 6:00 minutes flat for the 2,000 m....The JV eight, novice eight and varsity four all scored runner-up finishes while the second novice eight rowed across the line first.

WOMEN'S CREW SOLID IN 2012 DEBUT
Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Rowing team also went to Newport for Saturday's Opening Day Regatta and came away with second in the varsity eight while chalking up a win in the novice four and runner-up slots in the second varsity eight, novice eight and second novice eight.

Uyen Huynh coxed the varsity eight lineup of stroke Kelly Peterson, Natassia Peterson, Caitlyn Belza, Tanya Vander Vis, Alexis Jacques, Rachel Schneiderman, Ashley Travaglione and Alyssa Dixon-Word in its opener...The Tritons overlapped first place UC Santa Barbara much of the way before settling for a seven second gap at the wire...Long Beach State and UC Irvine trailed... Freshmen Mary Beth Bilder and Claire Duesdieker doubled out of the novice eight boat to team with Jen Santa Maria, Caroline Rangel and coxswain Nancy Tran  for the triumph in the novice four...The Tritons go to their home away from home, Lake Natoma, for this Saturday's Sacramento Invitational.

EIGHT CONFERENCE TITLES IN A ROW FOR FENCERS; REGIONALS NEXT
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing squad continues to run roughshod over the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) with both the men and women capturing their eighth consecutive league titles a week ago in Irvine...Arizona State wound up second in both divisionS with USC third on the men's side and UCLA third on the women's.

Along the way, the Tritons were the No. 1 team in five of the six disciplines, with both the men and women taking sabre and foil and the women also dominant in epee...UCSD was second in men's epee...Runyan's troops head to Stanford this weekend for the NCAA Regionals...Top performers there will move on to the NCAA Championships, March 22-25, in Columbus, OH.

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 Chelsea Carlisle of the women's basketball team and golfer Lewis Simon from the golf team...The show will be posted Wednesday at ucsdtritons.com...Click here to listen to last week's show.

The 18th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is slated for Monday, May 14, at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...All proceeds from the event go to benefit the UCSD Athletic Dept....For information on entries or sponsorships, call (858) 534-8460 or click here.

The UCSD Athletic Dept. hosts a variety of sports camps and clinics throughout the year...For more information on available options, click here.

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