UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (September 3, 2012)
Release: Monday 09/03/2012 
by UCSD
Britnee Chesney and the Women's Soccer team open CCAA play this Friday at home vs. SFSU.
Britnee Chesney and the Women's Soccer team...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Fri., Sept. 7---WVolleyball---UCSD at Seawolf Spike---11:15 AM & 3:45 PM
Fri., Sept. 7---MSoccer---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---4:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 7---WSoccer---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---7:00 PM


Sat., Sept. 8---Cross Country---UCSD at UCI Invitational---8:55 AM
Sat., Sept. 8---WVolleyball---UCSD at Seawolf Spike---11:15 AM & 3:45 PM
Sat., Sept. 8---MWater Polo---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---Noon

Sun., Sept. 9---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---Noon
Sun., Sept. 9---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---2:30 PM



WOMEN'S SOCCER WINS SEASON OPENER; CCAA STARTS FRIDAY
Conference play beckons this week for the 18th-ranked Women's Soccer team as San Francisco State (0-0) and Cal Poly Pomona (1-0) visit La Jolla Friday and Sunday...Coach Brian McManus's Tritons, selected by loop coaches as the pre-season favorite in the CCAA, are 1-0 after a non-league triumph last Saturday...S.F. State and Cal Poly Pomona were picked sixth and fifth respectively in the CCAA's South Division.

After struggling to a 1-1 tie through the first 45 minutes, the Tritons got their offense untracked in the second half, cruising past visiting Central Washington, 6-1, in Saturday's season opener...UCSD stunned the Wildcats with three goals in a four minute stretch early in the second session to blow things open...The first two came from sophomore midfielder Cassie Callahan...Senior defender Hayley Johnson got the first Triton goal directly off a corner kick and assisted when fellow senior Ellen Wilson punched in another corner late in the contest...UCSD outshot CWU, 15-1, in the second half en route to a 27-3 advantage overall.

Watch Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Brian McManus.
Watch Saturday's post-game interview with sophomore Cassie Callahan.

CCAA NEXT AFTER MEN'S SOCCER SPLITS DURING OPENING WEEK
Rebounding from a shaky Thursday night opener, Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team evened its 2012 record Saturday night and will now launch the conference season at home, hosting San Francisco State ( ) and Cal Poly Pomona (2-0) this weekend...The Tritons were picked to finish third in the CCAA South Division while S.F. State and CPP were tabbed for fifth and sixth respectively.

Last Thursday, a pair of early defensive breakdowns set the tone as Cal Baptist topped UCSD, 2-0, in the season debut for both clubs...The visiting Lancers put the Tritons on their heels with two goals in the first 16 minutes and outshot the home side 17-9 on the night...Junior keeper Josh Cohen turned away six shots, making several acrobatic saves.

Saturday night, Pascale & Co. overcame an unorthodox Academy of Art squad for a 2-0 victory...The Urban Knights packed virtually their entire squad into the defensive third of the field but the patient Tritons were eventually able to crack the barricade...In the 26th minute, sophomore midfielder Jacob Valadez curled a beautiful 22-yd. strike into the far side of the net, beating keeper Ian Sutherland cleanly for the first score of the game and the first of his career...UCSD's second tally came on another superb effort as junior Padraig Buckley got his first goal, deftly heading in an Ian Macauley free kick from short range...Cohen racked up five saves while earning his sixth career shutout.

Watch Saturday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Jon Pascale.

NO. 11 WATER POLO BATTLES NO. 5 UC SANTA BARBARA IN OPENER
It's the real thing this Saturday as Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo team opens the regular season at No. 5 UC Santa Barbara...The 11th-ranked Tritons, coming off a 17-11 2011 campaign that saw them capture their unprecedented 15th WWPA title and reach the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2006, tuned up for this weekend's opener by scrimmaging against Stanford, UC Irvine and Long Beach State last Saturday at Irvine.

Tentatively, the starting six in the field for the Tritons will be seniors Brian Donohoe and John Butler, junior Josh Stiling and the sophomore trio of Matt Michalko, David Higginson and Joe Dietrich...Senior Nick Michels and sophomore Cameron Ravanbach continue to compete for the right to replace four-year starter David Morton in the cage.

NO. 17 VOLLEYBALL GOES 2-2 IN WEEKEND DEBUT
Trying to build on an opening weekend split of a four-match tourney in Arizona, Coach Ricci Luyties' young Women's Volleball team hits the road again for another four matches at this weekend's Seawolf Spike in Sonoma...Ranked 17th in the national Division II pre-season poll, the Tritons will square off against Western Washington and Central Washington Friday before testing Seattle Pacific and Dominican the next day...The first three are all members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC)...UCSD knocked off Seattle Pacific during last season's first weekend in Hawaii.

Freshmen Danielle Dahle (18) and Sophie Rowe (17) combined for 35 kills as UCSD rallied from an 8-3 fifth set deficit to topple Western New Mexico 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-11) in last Friday's first day of the Grand Canyon Invitational...The Tritons scored six of the match's final seven points with Rowe serving for four...Junior Sara McCutchan chipped in with 10 kills and three aces...Dahle registered another 15 kills but host Grand Canyon out-hit and out-blocked UCSD while posting a 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-12, 28-26) triumph in the day's second match.

No. 13 Metro State held the Tritons to a meager .058 hitting percentage en route to a 3-0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-11) Saturday morning victory...Sophomore setter Amber Hawthorne dished out 28 assists and had a pair of aces as UCSD bounced back to down Colorado-Colorado Springs, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-14) in the tournament finale...Six-foot-two redshirt freshman Rachel Gam, getting her first collegiate start, hammered a match high 15 kills to lead the Triton offense.

BIG OPENER FOR CROSS COUNTRY SQUAD; UCI INVITE ON TAP
After an impressive 2012 debut at home last Friday afternoon, Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country teams will meet far stiffer competition, not to mention a longer course, when they travel to Orange County for the annual ASICS/UCI Invitational this Saturday at the Anteater Recreation Center Field...The men will stretch out to 8K and the women move up to 5K for this one and the field will include Big West Conference foes UC Irvine, Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge.

In their season opener Friday, the Triton men scored 18 pts., bulldozing Point Loma (54) and Long Beach City College (68) while capturing 14 of the first 15 spots in the process...Junior Kellen Levy led the onslaught, pulling away in the second half of the four-mile race to win in 21:39.2...He posted a comfortable 17-second margin over freshman Scott Acton who took runner-up honors (21:56.7)...Two other freshmen---Eddie Carrillo (4th/22:18.3) and Tareq Alwafai (5th/22:18.6)---and sophomore Mike Kloha (6th/22:19.6) rounded out the scoring for UCSD.

On the women's side, it was a familiar face, junior Chia Chang, leading the way for the Tritons...The team's top finisher in all but one outing last year, Chang finished the 2.5 mile exercise in 15:20.8, good for  third place overall...As a team, UCSD garnered second place, scoring 49 points, to fall 23 short of Division I San Diego State's first place total...Cal State L.A. (93 pts.) was third in the five-team field...Following the men's trend, two freshmen were next home for Garcia--Marie Diaz (7th/15:32.9) and Carolina Guzman (8th/15:45.7)...Fifth-year senior Elena Inouye, making a nice comeback from two injury-riddled seasons, was 15th in 16:08.9 with sophomore Dani Brabender one spot behind while clocking 16:15.1.

Listen to Friday's post-race comments from Coach Nate Garcia.

Hear Friday's post-race interview with junior Elena Inouye.Hear Friday's post-race interview with junior Kellen Levy.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to include interviews with Women's Soccer Coach Brian McManus, Men's Water Polo Coach Denny Harper, new Men's Tennis Coach Timmer Willing and junior Kellen Levy of the Cross Country team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

Homecoming 2012 is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, with the annual Alumni Athlete BBQ set for noon in the track & field stadium...For more information, click here.


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