THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Mar. 12---Golf---UCSD hosts SoCal Intercollegiate---All Day
Mon., Mar. 12---WBasketball---UCSD hosts NCAA West Regional---7:00 PM
Tue., Mar. 13---UCSD hosts SoCal Intercollegiate---All Day
Wed,. Mar. 15---Swim/Dive---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Wed., Mar. 15---MTennis---UCSD vs. Connecticut---1:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 15---WTennis---UCSD vs. Connecticut---3:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 15---Swim/Dive---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Thu., Mar. 15---MVolleyball---UCSD at Long Beach State---7:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 16---Swim/Dive---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Fri., Mar. 16---MCrew---UCSD vs. Gonzaga---7:00 AM
Fri., Mar. 16---Track & Field---UCSD at Aztec Invitational---10:00 AM
Fri., Mar. 16---Softball---UCSD at Humboldt State (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 16---Baseball---UCSD at San Francisco State---3:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 16---Track & Field---UCSD at Occidential Distance Carnival---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 16---MVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State Northridge---7:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 17---Swim/Dive---UCSD at NCAA Championships---All Day
Sat., Mar. 17---WWater Polo---UCSD at Aztec Invitational---10:30 AM & 4:45 PM
Sat., Mar. 17---Track & Field---UCSD at Aztec Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 17---Softball---UCSD at Humboldt State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 17---Baseball---UCSD at San Francisco State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sun., Mar. 18---WWater Polo---UCSD at Aztec Invitational---9:15 AM & 1:00 PM
Sun., Mar. 18---Baseball---UCSD at San Francisco State---11:00 AM
TRITON CAGERS SHOOT FOR NCAA REGIONAL CROWN TONIGHT
The Women's Basketball team, 30-2 on the season and ranked fourth nationally, will be playing for its first berth in the Elite Eight since 2007 when it faces Alaska-Anchorage (29-4) tonight at RIMAC Arena in the championship game of the NCAA West Regional...They have been to the NCAA Playoffs four times in five years under Head Coach Charity Elliott but this will be their first Regional title shot...For those unable to attend, tonight game will be broadcast live on ESPN 1700 with Craig Elsten and Jack Cronin calling the action as well as streamed on ucsdtritons.com.
Top-seeded UCSD opened NCAA Regional play last Friday with a resounding, 84-66, shellacking of conference rival Chico State...The Tritons connected at a 60% clip from three-point range in the first 20 minutes and unleashed some furious defensive intensity while taking a 47-28 lead into intermission and essentially icing things early...Senior Daisy Feder had a monster night, hitting 8-of-13 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe for 24 points, to go with a team high eight rebounds, four assists and four steals...Feder's backcourt running mates, Emily Osga and Chelsea Carlisle, canned 18 and 16 points respectively with the latter also dishing out seven assists.
A similar script played out in Saturday night's Regional semi-final as the Tritons bludgeoned a taller, more physical Western Washington team, 50-27, in the first session on the way to an 81-66 decision...Carlisle posted 20 points and seven assists to pace UCSD offensively and fellow senior Lauren Freidenberg, after being hampered by foul trouble the previous evening, came alive with a 14-pt., 12 rebound double double...Elliott & Co. shot just 40% on the night but out-rebounded the bigger Vikings, 42-39, and forced 21 turnovers which they converted into 28 points...Feder, despite a sub-par shooting night, still netted 19 markers.
Listen to Friday's post-game interview with Head Coach Charity Elliott.
Listen to Friday's post-game interview with senior Daisy Feder.
Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Charity Elliott
Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with senior Lauren Freidenberg.
SWIM/DIVE TAKES AIM AT NATIONAL TITLES IN TEXAS
First-year Head Coaches Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo headed to Mansfield, TX yesterday with 14 women and 17 men for the 2012 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships being held, Wednesday through Saturday, at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium...The Triton men were second last year and the women were third...Although not necessarily the favorites, both are considered title contenders this time around...The UCSD women are led by three-time NCAA individual champion Alex Henley...The senior from Thousand Oaks is expected to compete in four individual events...The Tritons also have a pair of defending title winners on the men's side in senior Matt Herman (1,000 & 1,650 freestyles) and sophomore Nick Korth (200 breaststroke).
Joining Henley on the women's squad will be senior Neda Nguyen, juniors Emily Adamczyk, Amber Tan, Olivia Fountain and Katherine Tse, sophomores Anji Shakya, Sandy Hon, Beth Dong and Gabby Rossbach and freshmen Jessica Norgaard, Jaclyn Amog, Eva Chen and Sierra Robbins..All but the freshman quartet are NCAA meet veterans.
In addition to Herman and Korth, the men's NCAA roster will include seniors Michael Lorch, Blake Langland, Eric Owens and Patrick Cohen, juniors Adam Rice, Julius Espiritu, Tyler Runsten, Jeremy Smith, Jacob Lammott and Adam Yen, sophomores See Han Lee, Alex Merrill, Reid McCallum and Luke Calkins and freshman Dane Stassi...In all, 14 of the 17 have previous national meet experience.
GOLFERS HOST SO CAL INTERCOLLEGIATE AT MISSION VIEJO
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team, coming off its best performance of the season at the recent Coyote Classic, tees it up today as host of the 14-team Southern California Intercollegiate at Mission Viejo Country Club...The 62nd annual tourney, in which over half of the teams are ranked the Golf Stat Top 30 (D-II), will go 54 holes over the 7,123-yd., par 71 Orange County course, the first 36 Monday and the closing 18 tomorrow...Wydra's squad took third in the 17-team Coyote Classic at Arrowhead Country Club with sophomores Lewis Simon and Jacob Williams both posting top 10 individual finishes.
NO. 22 SOFTBALL TAKES THREE FROM NO. 5 DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Fresh off a 3-1 series victory over CCAA-leading and No. 5-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills, Coach Patti Gerckens' No. 22 Softball team looks to continue moving up the conference ladder when it hosts last place Humboldt State (8-17/2-14) for a pair of doubleheaders Tuesday and Wednesday...The games were originally slated to be played at Humboldt State this weekend but rain forecast in Northern California resulted in the shift to La Jolla...The 20-8 Tritons have recorded 11 wins in their last 14 games and now own fourth place in the conference standings.
Junior first baseman Nicole Spangler was the hero of Friday's first game, getting both Triton hits in a 1-0 nailbiter...Spangler's second hit was a rope over the left field fence in the bottom of the fifth inning that lifted senior Camille Gaito to her 11 win of the season...Gaito was masterful in the circle, limiting the Toros to just three hits, chalking up a complete game and whiffing four...UCSD bounced back from a 3-0 deficit to tie game two at 3-3 but ultimately fell to the Toros, 4-3, on a solo home run in the 10th-inning by Jessica Hall...Center fielder Kris Lesovsky and catcher Charly Swanberg both swatted three hits...UCSD out-hit the Toros, 12-4, but squandered several run-scoring opportunities that came back to haunt them...Gaito, who tossed the last six innings in relief, got tagged for the loss.
The Tritons didn't let Friday's disappointing conclusion affect them Saturday, sweeping Dominguez Hills, 5-2 and 7-5...It was more Gaito in game one as the Triton ace recorded all 21 outs, snagging win No. 12 after hurling the first six innings and then coming back in after the Triton bullpen was ineffectual in the seventh...Sophomores Caitlin Brown and Mya Romero had two hits as UCSD each grabbed a 2-0 edge in the second and never trailed...The Toros had a 5-1 lead in their possession after three and a half innings of the series finale but a four-hit, five-run bottom of the fourth, highlighted by two-run singles off the bats of freshman Monique Portugal and senior Lesovsky, catapulted UCSD into the lead and Gaito came on in the last three frames to nail down the win for Gerckens' second pitcher, Jenn Manuel...Lesovsky finished wth three hits, scored twice and had three RBIs.
The Tritons started the week with a 12-1, 7-0 twinbill sweep of Felician (NJ) in a non-conference match-up.
Hear Friday's post-game interview with junior Nicole Spangler.
Hear Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Patti Gerckens.
BASEBALL ON ROAD AFTER SERIES WIN VS. MONTEREY BAY
Following a mini-breakthrough last weekend---winning its first conference series of the year after splitting three straight---Coach Eric Newman's Baseball team (11-13/9-7) heads to the Bay Area for a four-game set starting Friday with San Francisco State (10-8/7-5)...The Tritons' 3-1 performance at home last weekend has vaulted them into a virtual tie for second place in a crowded CCAA race where five teams are in the second place logjam, trailing frontrunner Sonoma State.
UCSD slugged 12 hits, including a two-run dinger by junior Richard Seigel, in a 10-1 rout of Cal State Monterey Bay in last Friday's series opener at Triton Ballpark...The Tritons opened up a 5-0 advantage through five and then salted it away with a five-run outburst in the seventh... Outfielders Danny Susdorf and Gregg Ringold, as well as third baseman Ryan O'Malley finished with two hits...Susdorf stole a pair of bases and scored three times and Ringold drove in two...All of this made for a pleasant Friday night on the part of junior starter Ryan Goodbrand who cruised through six shutout innings, giving up just three hits before making way for Justin Burns and Sean Rowan to close things out...Goodbrand got his third win in as many decisions.
The Tritons made it two straight with a 4-3 victory in the first half of Saturday's doubleheader, breaking a 3-3 deadlock in the bottom of the ninth when O'Malley scored from second on Spencer Frazier's two-out single to left...Reliever Tony York, the Tritons' fourth pitcher, got the last five outs and his second win in the process...Starter Jeff Rauh went six strong innings, allowing just two Otter runs...UCSD stroked nine hits, two each by Susdorf, Seigel and catcher Brett Levy...Game two got out of hand early as Monterey Bay tacked six runs on the board in the third and cruised to a 9-0 win...Seigel got UCSD's lone hit off the Otters' Jeff Owen.
With the top of the order---Susdorf, Ringold and Garrett Tuck---getting two hits apiece, Newman's squad earned its series win with a 5-2 triumph Sunday afternoon...Susdorf scored a pair of runs and stole two bases as UCSD received another quality start from senior Greg Selarz who went six and a third, striking out five while garnering his second win...York pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save but lefty Richard Kilbury, who threw to only one batter, may have had the biggest impact...Brought on with one out, one run in and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, he got the Otters' Danny Merjano to bounce into a pitcher-to-catcher-to-first double play, ending the inning.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Eric Newman.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with pitchers Greg Selarz & Richard Kilbury.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with senior Gregg Ringold.
AZTEC INVITATIONAL ON TAP FOR WOMEN'S WATER POLO
Sporting three wins in its last five outings after splitting two last weekend, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's 20th-ranked Women's Water Polo team goes crosstown this weekend for a four-game slate at the SDSU Aztec Invitational...The Tritons will hook up with Indiana and Princeton Friday before closing things out against Hawaii and Bucknell Saturday...UCSD brings a 10-9 mark into its match up with Indiana.
UCSD's depth and pressure prevailed in the second half as the Tritons rolled past visiting Colorado State, 9-4, Friday night at Canyonview Pool...Kreutzkamp's club was up just 3-2 at halftime but senior Kirsten Bates erupted for three of her four goals in the third quarter as UCSD put the Rams away winning each of the final two periods by a 3-1 margin...Senior goalie Allie Taylor blocked eight shots.
Saturday in Los Angeles, Lizotte scored the game's first goal but that was the last time the Tritons led as No. 7 Loyola Marymount outscored UCSD by five goals in the second half, pulling away for a 15-7 win...Lizotte and sophomore Allison Delgado each notched two goals but the Tritons were hindered by meager 1-of-8 production in man-up situations.
Listen to Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Friday night post-game interview.
V-BALL GETS BIG WIN OVER UCSB; LB STATE, CSUN NEXT
After snapping a nine-match losing string with a four-game triumph against No. 12 UC Santa Barbara, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball squad will try to start a streak of its own when it travels to No. 12 Cal State Northridge and No. 8 Long Beach State this Thursday and Friday...The Tritons are now 4-16 overall and 2-13 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play.
Juniors Carl Eberts (14) and Johl Awerkamp (12) combined for 26 kills and UCSD hit a very respectable .299 as a team but had no answers for No. 1 UCLA last Thursday night in Los Angeles as the Bruins registered a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 28-26) victory...Retiring Head Coach Al Scates saw his UCLA club hit .354 for the night and out-block UCSD, 8-3...Freshman Garrett Dempsey and sophomore Mike Brunsting shared setting chores, handing out 20 and 13 assists respectively.
Friday night in Santa Barbara, the Tritons stormed back from a first set loss to upset UCSB, 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-23, 26-24)...Sophomore Fred Stahl had a career night, knocking down a personal best 13 kills, hitting at a white hot .611 clip...He also registered one solo block and five assists...Another soph, Vaun Lennon chipped in with 12 kills and Awerkamp added 11, while Eberts piled up nine kills and 11 digs...It was Lennon who put the Tritons ahead for good in the decisive fourth set, drilling a kill at 24-24 that was followed by a match-ending Gaucho hitting error...On the night, UCSD out-hit UCSB, .246-.200, and put up 11 blocks compared to 15 for the hosts.
MEN'S TENNIS HOSTS UCONN WEDNESDAY
Coach Eric Steidlmayer's 16th-ranked Men's Tennis team will play the fifth of a six-match home stretch Wednesday when Division I Connecticut comes to town...UCSD brings an 11-2 overall mark into that skirmish.
The Tritons won two-of-three last week, blitzing Villanova and Western New Mexico by identical, 3-1, scores in which they swept doubles and won 5-of-6 in singles competition.. .Saturday, UCSD fell in a hard-fought, 5-4, match against key regional rival Hawaii Pacific...The 21st-ranked Sea Warriors took two of the three doubles matches with UCSD's No. 2 line of Jason Wall and Kono Luu earning the only point...Steidlmayer got singles points from Austin West and Max Jiganti at Nos. 3-4, both in straight sets, and freshman Kono Luu battled back from a first set loss with a pair of 6-3 decisions to capture No. 6.
Watch Saturday's post-match interview with Head Coach Eric Steidlmayer.
WOMEN'S TENNIS LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK VS. CONNECTICUT
The No. 19 Women's Tennis team, now 5-7 after a going 1-2 last week, lightens up the schedule with a single match Wednesday vs. Connecticut on UCSD's North Courts.
Last week, Coach Liz LaPlante's netters opened with an 8-1 trouncing of Western New Mexico, sweeping the three doubles contests, taking a three-set triumph at No. 1 singles with Melissa Breisacher and getting straight set wins at Nos. 2-4-5-6 from Melinda Chu, Katie Mulloy, Samantha Yeung and Krystal Mizuguchi...The scored was reversed Thursday with Barry, the nation's second-ranked squad winning handily...The Tritons' only point came at No. 6 singles where senior Jacquelyn Davis prevailed, 6-4, 6-3...No. 5 Hawaii Pacific defeated UCSD, 7-2 Saturday with the Tritons coming out on top at No. 1 doubles---Breisacher/Davis---and No. 5 singles with Yeung.
TRACK & FIELD TAKES SD COLLEGIATE CHALLENGE TEAM TITLES
Both the Men's & Women's Track & Field squads collected eight first place finishes while making it back-to-back team victories by winning Saturday's San Diego Collegiate Challenge at Triton Track & Field Stadium...The Tritons return to action with split squads this weekend, about half going crosstown to the San Diego State Aztec Invitational and a select group of distance runners competing at the Occidental Distance Carnival.
Last Saturday on the women's side, UCSD piled up 206 points to easily outpace runner-up San Diego State (131)...Seniors Jacqueline Rose and Caitlin Meagher led the way, both registering individual wins as well as running on a pair of victorious relay units...Rose hit the tape first in the 100 (12.28) and 200 (25.16) and Meagher did the same in the 400 hurdles (63.08)...The twosome teamed with Kathleen Hitchens and Chelsey Kamson to take the 4x100 relay (47.64) and paired with Lauren Irish and Lorato Anderson while prevailing in the 4x400 (3:51.08)...Another senior, Erin Langford was also a multiple event winner, leaping 18-9.25 (fourth best all-time at UCSD) in the long jump and 37-10.75 in the triple jump...Rounding out the blue ribbon group were junior Jessica Miklaski (javelin/130-0) and freshman Sabrina Pimentel (400/58.04).
In the men's division, the Tritons racked up 197 points, 21.5 more than second place San Diego Mesa...With defending NCAA champion Nick Howe sitting out, senior Kiley Libuit uncorked the third longest throw in the UCSD books to win the javelin at 190-5...Throwers Dane Sandifer (discus/160-3), Zach Nagengast (hammer/170-10) and Ryan Eckert (shot put/50-4.5) were also No. 1 in their respective events...Meanwile, Quentin McWhorter (triple jump/46-9), Benjamin Berthet (pole vault/15-5.75), Jeffrey Head (long jump/21-8) and Kellen Levy (1500/4:00.83) also found the winner's circle.
FENCERS AWAIT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP DECISIONS
It's "wait and see" time for the Fencing team following a solid performance at last weekend's NCAA Regionals at Stanford...Tuesday, the NCAA will release the list of athletes who have been selected to participate at the NCAA Championships, March 22-25, in Columbus, OH.
At the Regionals, the Triton women had four top three placements---Munira Gesner and Alexandra Stanley finished second and third in the sabre competition, Rose Forcier was second in the foil and Casey Gillcrist posted a third place result in epee...Head Coach Heidi Runyan figures Gesner, a sophomore and Forcier, a junior, for likely NCAA berths.
The men's prospects are a bit dimmer as senior foil specialist Michael Fong's third place finish was UCSD's only podium effort at Stanford...A past NCAA qualifier, Fong was actually tied for second but dropped down to third on touches.
WOMEN'S CREW GETS SEASONING AT SACRAMENTO INVITE
Getting tested by a variety of D-I and D-II opponents at last Saturday's Sacramento Invitational on Lake Natoma, Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Rowing team displayed potential but also came away knowing there is work to be done...Pinkerton's varsity eight claimed fourth place, finishing behind D-I boats from Sacramento State and St. Mary's, as well as key D-II nemesis Humboldt State...The Tritons were 13 seconds behind HSU, falling off in the latter stages of the race after being within striking distance much of the way...The Tritons are now off until March 24 when they travel to Newport Harbor for the annual Berg Cup.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, featuring interviews with in-season players and coaches, will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew gets back in the water this Friday morning, facing off against key regional foe Gonzaga on Mission Bay...The racing will take place on the Fiesta Island course with varsity eight, JV eight and novice eight events scheduled.
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.
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