Release: Saturday 09/29/2012 
Chia Chang and the Triton Cross Country team host Saturday's Triton Classic.
Chia Chang and the Triton Cross Country team host...
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Fri., Oct. 5---WSoccer---UCSD at Sonoma State---1:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 5---MSoccer---UCSD at Sonoma State---4:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 5---WVolleyball---UCSD at Sonoma State---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 6---Cross Country---UCSD hosts Triton Classic---9:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 6---WVolleyball---UCSD at San Francisco State---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 7---WSoccer---UCSD at Humboldt State---11:30 AM


The distance will be 6K for women and 8K for men when Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country teams return from a week layoff to host the 20th annual Triton Classic Saturday on UCSD's North Campus Course...The men's race goes off at 9:00 AM followed shortly by the women's event... Garcia will be sending out full rosters on both sides and expects between a dozen and 15 teams to make up each division.

UC San Diego grabbed both team titles in 2011 with Chang's third place finish powering the women...Matt Lenehan, redshirting this fall, was the top finisher for the Triton men on that day, taking second while current juniors Ben Rich and Kellen Levy claimed ninth and tenth respectively.

Hear Coach Nate Garcia's comments on the 2012 Triton Classic.
Read website Q&A with Elena Inouye.

Coming off a disappointing 0-1-1 home weekend, the fifth-ranked Women's Soccer team now embarks on its toughest geographic road trip of the season, playing at Sonoma State (9-1/6-1) Friday and Humboldt State (1-5) Sunday...Coach Brian McManus's club, now 7-1-1 on the season and 6-1-1 in conference play, remains safely atop the CCAA's South Division table, six points above Cal State San Bernardino...Sonoma State is first in the CCAA North Division, three points up on second place Cal State Stanislaus while Humboldt State, not playing a complete CCAA schedule due to sanctions, is not eligible for the league title in 2012....UCSD defeated both of this week's opponents at home last fall.

The Tritons suffered the first blemish on their 2012 record last Friday night, letting a 1-0 lead slip away and settling for a 1-1 draw with Cal State Dominguez Hills...After a scoreless first half, UCSD drew first blood when Gabi Hernandez notched her fifth goal at 60:25...Junior Laura Gordon, the Tritons' most dynamic offensive performer on the night, made the play, getting it wide, eluding her defender and then driving a shot from well outside the box that went off the crossbar and down, right to Hernandez's feet...The senior forward poked it home and the Tritons appeared well on their way...But the Toros struck back eight minutes later to tie and neither club could break the deadlock through regulation and two overtime periods...UCSD owned edges in both shots (15-14) and corners (8-3) and freshman keeper Kelcie Brodsky stopped seven shots.

UCSD's offensive woes (two goals in the last three games) continued Sunday and resulted in its first loss of the season, a 1-0 overtime defeat, at the hands of Cal State San Bernardino...It was a tight, hard-fought contest (the teams had seven shots apiece and UCSD took five of the seven corners) but the Coyotes prevailed with a bit of luck in the eighth minute of the first OT period...A free kick from about 25 yds. out ping-ponged in the box and ultimately deflected off a Triton player, changing direction on Brodsky before dribbling into the back of the net.

Watch Friday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Brian McManus

Watch Sunday afternoon's post-game interview with Head Coach Brian McManus.

It will be No. 1 in the South vs. No. 1 in the North when  UCSD (6-2-2) takes on Sonoma State (5-2-2/4-1-2) as Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team makes an unusual single-game conference road trip this Friday...Pascale's Tritons stand  5-1-2 in CCAA play and currently inhabit first place in the South Division standings after sweeping a pair of league home games last weekend...Normally, this would be a two-game road swing that would include Humboldt State, but a pre-season rules violation led to Humboldt State having its season canceled.

Looking very much like a team coming of age, UCSD went toe-to-toe with perennial CCAA power Cal State Dominguez Hills, scoring first and then warding off several late Toro surges, to earn a 1-0 victory Friday night...The goal was a beauty, recorded at the 21:38 mark by senior Evan Walker...It was his first goal of the year and came just minutes after he had missed on another quality chance from close range...This one started when junior Andisheh Bagheri got the ball wide to senior Alex Portela...From several yards inside the midfield stripe, Portela delivered a strike to an onrushing Walker, who headed it to the near post...Dominguez Hills had a wide advantage (16-6) in the shots column and took all four of the game's corner kicks, but the Triton defense, anchored by junior sweeper Gavin Lamming in front of freshman keeper Cameron McElfresh (making his first career start) played a clean game and stood firm when it needed to...McElfresh finished with four saves...It was the Tritons' first win over the Toros since 2006, a stretch where they had gone 0-9-2.

UCSD upped its unbeaten string to five straight with an impressive, 2-0, victory over Cal State San Bernardino Sunday...It was the fourth consecutive shutout for the Tritons and also their first multi-goal game in conference play...Although all of the statistical categories were close, this was one that felt like a clear decision for the UCSD...It was Walker, again, with the first goal in 12th minute...Junior Cory Wolfrom won the ball out wide, played it in to Alex Portela who found Walker...After making a good turn, Walker beat his defender off the dribble and finished to the far post...The second score started when pressure from forward Scott MacBride created a turnover in the offensive end...Elan Gefen ended up with the ball, got to the end line and delivered a picture perfect cross to an oncoming Will Pleskow at the far post...The UW transfer headed it home for his first goal at UCSD...McElfresh earned his second shutout, making five saves.

See Friday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Jon Pascale.
See Friday night's post-game interview with senior Evan Walker.
See Sunday afternoon's post-game interview with Head Coach Jon Pascale.
See Sunday afternoon's post-game interview with junior Gavin Lamming.



Now riding a season-best five-match winning streak and part of a four-way tie for first place in the CCAA, Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team travels to Sonoma State (11-3/5-1) and San Francisco State (10-3/5-1) this weekend in what figures to be the first of several critical junctures in the season...The Tritons now boast a 10-4 overall mark and are 5-1 in conference play...Sonoma State and San Francisco State are also part of the logjam atop the CCAA, along with Cal State San Bernardino...UCSD swept its two encounters with S.F. State last season but lost two-of-three vs. Sonoma State.

After getting tripped up in the first set, UCSD rallied to hand No. 18 Chico State its first league loss, 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-12, 25-16) last Friday night at RIMAC Arena...Freshman outside hitter Danielle Dahle and sophomore middle blocker Sara  McCutchan were offensive stalwarts, with 14 and 13 kills respectively along with .440 hitting percentages, but heroes abounded on this night as the Tritons out-hit the Wildcats (.293-.135) and dominated the net with 13-2 blocking numbers...Sophomore middle Lauren Demos sported seven kills and nine block assists and setter Amber Hawthorne distributed 40 assists while racking up 11 digs and two aces...Dahle had a team high 15 digs to match Hawthorne's double double and the contest marked the return of freshman Sophie Rowe from the injured list and she responded with seven kills, three aces and nine digs.

Luyties crew had another rocky start Saturday night, but got things straightened out quick enough to dispatch Cal State Stanislaus, 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-21)...Dahle had another big effort offensively, hitting .364 while knocking down 14 kills...Hawthorne chalked up another 23 assists and an ace while Rowe accounted for nine kills and 21 digs...Freshman libero Katy Woodward equaled Rowe's match-high dig total...UCSD trailed by five and was still down at 21-17 in the first set before rattling off the last six points, two on aces by Rowe, and essentially ending any threat the Warriors posed.

Hear Friday night's post-game comments from Head Coach Ricci Luyties.
Hear Friday night's post-game comments from sophomore Sara McCutchan.
Hear Saturday night's post-game comments from Head Coach Ricci Luyties.
Hear Saturday night's post-game comments from sophomore Amber Hawthorne.

Following a memorable home opener and an 11th place finish at the ultra tough, 16-team So Cal Tournament in Santa Barbara last week, Coach Denny Harper's No. 11 Men's Water Polo team takes a short competitive respite, looking to re-energize before returning to Canyonview Pool to battle Long Beach State, Oct. 12...The Tritons now sport a 7-5 overall record

Harper and Co. started last week with a scintillating, 10-8, home victory over WWPA rival Loyola Marymount in front of a record crowd of 1,904 at Canyonview Pool...Junior Josh Stiling was the big gun, rifling home five goals, and sophomore Cameron Ravanbach shined in the cage, piling up 11 saves, including several key stops early in the contest...UCSD was in control most of the way and held a 10-6 advantage until the 10th-ranked Lions scored a couple of late markers.

After rolling up a 6-4 halftime lead, UCSD was swamped by a deluge of second half UC Santa Barbara goals, falling to the No. 6 Gauchos for the second time this year, 15-8, in Saturday's SoCal tourney opener...The Tritons, who got two goals apiece from Stiling, Matt Michalko and Lukas Syka, appeared poised to reverse their season-opening, 18-10, loss to UCSB, but six unanswered third quarter goals put the Gauchos in charge and they never looked back...Stiling collected four goals and UCSD used a four-goal second period to pull away from No. 16 Princeton en route to an 10-5 triumph later that afternoon...Senior Brian Roach chipped in with three scores and sophomore Ravanbach stopped 11 shots in the cage for the Tritons.

The Tritons then split two outings on Sunday, dropping a 13-11 rematch with Loyola Marymount before bouncing back to smack  No. 14 Air Force, 9-3, in the 11th place game...Stiling was nearly unstoppable vs. LMU, denting the cage for seven goals, but after leading, 5-4, after the first quarter, UCSD was unable to hold off the Lions...The Tritons dominated Air Force from the outset with Stiling and senior Brian Donohoe racking up three-goal hat tricks...Ravanbach chalked up 11 saves and finished with 41 for the tourney.

Watch Wednesday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Denny Harper.
Watch Wednesday night's post-game interview with junior Josh Stiling.

The week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Men's Water Polo Coach Denny Harper, junior Chia Chang of the Cross Country team and junior defender Gavin Lamming from the Men's Soccer squad...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

The  Men's and Women's Tennis teams played their first fall competitions last week, both competing at the USTA/ITA West Region Championships at the Billie Jean King Sports Complex in Los Angeles...With precious little practice time going in, the men were able to get junior Max Jiganti into the singles round of eight...Jiganti also reached the round of eight in doubles with partner Kona Luu as did the tandem of Ganesh Alagappan-Horea Porutiu...The Triton women, playing only doubles had two pairs---Melissa Breisacher-Tara Vanooteghem & Melinda Chu-Maiko Hermsmeier---play into the round of 16.

Homecoming 2012 is slated for Saturday, October 13 with the headlining event the annual Alumni Athlete BBQ in the Track & Field stadium starting at noon...The event is free for alumni athletes and cost for guests is $10...To check out the schedule and register early to avoid lines at the BBQ, click here.

This week, UCSD students can meet Chia Chang, Sarah Groff, Eddie Carrillo and Daniel Hauptman of the Cross Country team as part of the regular "Taste of the Tritons" promotion...The quartet will be appearing Thursday night between 6:00 and 7:00 PM at Muir's Pines Dining Hall where they will be serving up their healthy signature dish, pesto ravioli, along with asparagus and garlic bread...Click here to see the XC promo video for Thursday night's Pines appearance.

New NCAA runner-up banners were unveiled Saturday night in RIMAC Arena honoring both the 2012 Men's Swimming & Diving and 2012 Softball teams...Click here to see video of the event as well as comments from senior swimmer Julius Espiritu.

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