UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (September 24, 2012)
Release: Sunday 09/23/2012 
by UCSD
Chris Barton and the Men's Water Polo team battle WWPA rival LMU Wednesday at Canyonview.
Chris Barton and the Men's Water Polo team...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Wed., Sept. 26---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Loyola Marymount---6:00 PM

Fri., Sept. 28---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---4:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 28---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Chico State---7:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 28---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM

Sat., Sept. 29---MWater Polo---UCSD at SoCal Tournament---All Day
Sat., Sept. 29---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM

Sun., Sept. 30---MWater Polo---UCSD at SoCal Tournament---All Day
Sun., Sept. 30---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---Noon
Sun., Sept. 30---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---2:30 PM


WEDNESDAY SHOWDOWN WITH LMU NEXT FOR NO. 11 POLO

With seven games already in the books, Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo team finally plays its 2012 home opener this Wednesday, squaring off against No. 10 Loyola Marymount (4-4) at Canyonview Pool...The 11th-ranked Tritons, now 4-3 after claiming a pair of conference road wins last weekend, lost a closer-than-the-score-indicated, 10-6, decision to LMU at the NorCal Tournament, Sept. 16...UCSD snapped a four-year league championship streak by the Lions when it captured the WWPA title last fall.

Junior Josh Stiling accounted for six goals and UCSD registered the first four scores of the game en route to a 16-7 blitz of Whittier Saturday morning...Senior John Butler added three markers and freshman Chase Cockerill chipped in with a pair---the first two of his collegiate career---and goalie Cameron Ravanbach made five saves in the victory...Stiling racked up six more in the afternoon as the Tritons dough-popped Occidental, 27-1...Harper also got a career high five goals from sophomore Danny Lorch and three apiece from junior Luke Syka and Cockerill.

This Saturday at noon, the Tritons will face off against No. 6 UC Santa Barbara in the first round of the 16-team SoCal Tournament which is being hosted by UC Santa Barbara...UCSD will play either Stanford or Princeton in Saturday afternoon's second round with Sunday's schedule being determined by the Saturday results.

THREE STRAIGHT FOR V-BALL SQUAD; CHICO STATE HERE FRIDAY
Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team, looking like it has stabilized things after winning its first two conference road matches last week, returns to RIMAC Arena this weekend to host CCAA rivals Chico State (10-1/4-0) and Cal State Stanislaus (4-8/1-3)...The Tritons, now 8-4 overall and 3-1 in league play, have won three in a row for the first time this fall and are one of six teams wedged into a second place tie behind Chico State on the CCAA ladder...Cal State Stanislaus sits in ninth.

Last Thursday, UCSD rebounded from a poor first set at Cal Poly Pomona to drub the Broncos, 3-1 (20-25, 25-16, 25-23, 26-24)...Led by freshman Danielle Dahle's 19-kill (.378) effort, the Tritons out-hit CPP (.268-.221) and recorded a .303 percentage while winning the final three sets...Junior transfer Sheridan Taylor had her best match in blue & gold, hitting a sterling .444 while recording 12 kills...Soph setter Amber Hawthorne displayed her versatility, dishing out 39 assists, getting 10 digs and adding an ace...UCSD had an 8-7 blocking edge with Sara McCutchan accounting for four block assists and freshman libero Katy Woodward turned in a match high 16 digs.

The Tritons then completed their weekend sweep, taking the second half of a tough SoCal-NorCal doubleheader with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-18) romp over Humboldt State Saturday...Junior Lizzy Andrews, who had seven kills the night before, pounded a team high 12, made it a double double with 10 digs and added two aces for good measure...As a team, UCSD hit at a season high .395 clip and also finished with a 2012 best of 11 aces, five from Woodward...The Tritons also dominated the net, out-blocking the Lumberjacks, 6-1, while keeping them winless in CCAA action.

MEN'S SOCCER HOME FOR PAIR OF KEY CCAA SOUTH BATTLES
Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team, now 4-2-2 overall and 3-1-2 in CCAA play after earning four points on the road last weekend, returns to La Jolla this week, hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-4-1/3-3) Friday and Cal State San Bernardino (3-0-5/3-0-3) Sunday...Cal State L.A. currently leads the CCAA South Division with San Bernardino second, UCSD third and Dominguez Hills fourth.

On the road last Friday, UCSD beat Cal Poly Pomona by the same, 1-0, score that it did 12 days earlier in La Jolla...This time it was decided in the final minute of regulation as senior Scott MacBride tallied following a Bronco turnover in its own end...On a weak back pass, MacBride narrowly beat CPP keeper Kris Minton to the ball...When Minton made a desperate attempt at a tackle, MacBride got just enough of the ball to get it over the end line ahead of backtracking Bronco defenders...It was MacBride's first goal of the season and second of his career...UCSD out-shot Cal Poly, 12-8, and took all of the game's eight corners...Junior Josh Cohen needed to make just two saves while recording his fourth shutout of the season.

Sunday afternoon in San Francisco, the Tritons played San Francisco State to a scoreless draw...UCSD out-shot the Gators, 21-17, getting eight shots on goal, and won 10 corners to just two for the hosts...Junior Josh Cohen played the first half in goal and with freshman Cameron McElfresh taking over for the final 65 minutes.

           

NO. 9 WOMEN'S SOCCER STAYS UNBEATEN; HOME THIS WEEKEND
After collecting four road wins over the past two weeks, Coach Brian McManus's ninth-ranked Women's Soccer team returns home with a perfect 7-0 mark...The Tritons will tangle with Cal State Dominguez  Hills (2-5-1/1-5) Friday and Cal State San Bernardino (4-2-2/3-2-1) Sunday...UCSD owns an eight-point lead over second place CSUSB on the CCAA South Division table...CSUDH is fifth.

Five different Tritons dented the net as UCSD ran up a 4-0 halftime advantage and cruised home with a 5-1 victory at Cal Poly Pomona Friday night...The Tritons completely controlled the first half with Cassie Callahan, Britnee Chesney, Jessica Wi and Hayley Johnson accounting for the goals...It was a team-leading fifth for Callahan in the game's third minute and the first of the year for Chesney...Senior Gabi Hernandez got her fourth at 68:11 to close out the scoring...Ironically, the Broncos doubled UCSD's shot total (20-10) but freshman Kelcie Brodsky stopped seven for the visitors.

Sunday, San Francisco State gave UCSD all it could handle, but Callahan's sixth goal of 2012, nearly 30 minutes into the second half, lifted the Tritons to a 1-0 victory in the City by the Bay...The beautiful header, off a Johnson corner, came at the end of a deep run and was deposited in the upper "v," near post at 74:27, giving UCSD its second win over SFSU this season and allowing the Tritons to overcome Gator advantages in both shots (10-9) and corners (6-4)...Sunday's result leave the Tritons with a 19-3 goal differential on the season...Johnson now has 31 career assists, leaving her fifth on the UCSD career chart, one spot ahead of former Triton star and current UCSD assistant coach Kristin Jones.

TRITON HARRIERS DOMINATE CAL BAPTIST EVENT
Continuing an encouraging string of early season performances, Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country teams swept both halves of Saturday's Lancer Invitational, hosted by Cal Baptist at Rancho Jurupa Regional Park in Riverside...The UCSD men, essentially competing in a dual situation with Cal Baptist, rolled past the Lancers 20-41...Meanwhile, the Triton women, despite missing a pair of top freshmen runners, nipped second place CBU by one point, 35-36, in a five-team skirmish...UC San Diego will take this week off while prepping for the Oct. 5 Triton Classic which figures to feature a ramped up level of competition with some 12-15 teams in each division...The men will race 8K and the women 6K in that one.

In last Saturday's men's outing, despite the absence of junior Kellen Levy, their top gun to date in 2012, the Tritons easily clipped Cal Baptist on the backs of their younger runners...First home and third overall was freshman Scott Acton, clocking 25:33 for the 8K...He was followed closely by sophomore Tanner Collins (4th/25:35), freshman Eddie Carrillo (5th/25:44), junior Mario Flores (6th/25:45) and another freshman Tareq Alwafai (7th/25:41).

On the women's side, it was again junior Chia Chang, getting better with every race, pacing the Tritons...She finished second overall and for the ninth consecutive race was the first UCSD runner to hit the tape, covering the 5K in 18:07...Crossing the line in a nine-second pack were senior Elena Inouye (5th/18:49), sophomore Michelle LeRoux (6th/18:54) and junior Ximena Cruz (8th/18:580...The hero of the day, however, was probably sophomore Dani Brabender who ran past a pair of CBU runners in the home stretch to snag 14th (19:19) and push the Tritons over the top in the team race...Not on the roster for this one were freshmen Marie Diaz and Carolina Guzman...CCAA colleagues Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State LA were third and fourth respectively.

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 head coaches Brian McManus (women's soccer), Ricci Luyties (women's volleyball) and Heidi VanDerveer (women's basketball) as well as sophomore Cassie Callahan, leading scorer on the women's soccer team, and junior Josh Stiling from men's water polo...The show will be posted Wednesday at ucsdtritons.com.

At halftime of Saturday night's women's volleyball match against Cal State Stanislaus, the Triton men's swimming & diving and softball teams will be honored with the unveiling of NCAA runner-up banners in RIMAC Arena.

Homecoming 2012 is slated for Saturday, Oct. 13...The annual Alumni Athlete BBQ will be held at noon in the Track & Field Stadium...For the weekend schedule and to register (avoid lines) ahead of time, click here.

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