UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 8, 2012)
Release: Saturday 10/07/2012 
by UCSD
Senior Evan Walker and the streaking Men's Soccer team are home vs. Cal State L.A. Friday.
Senior Evan Walker and the streaking Men's...
Courtesy: UCSD
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Wed., Oct. 10---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM

Fri., Oct. 12---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 12---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Long Beach State---6:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 12---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 12---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct 13---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 14---WSoccer---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---11:30 AM
Sun., Oct. 14---MSoccer---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---2:00 PM


HOMECOMING - Saturday, October 13 (Click here for schedule)


SPIKERS LOOK FOR BOOST AT HOME VS. MONTEREY BAY, EAST BAY

After splitting a difficult pair of CCAA road matches in Northern California, Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team returns home for a pair of key conference tussles this week as Cal State Monterey Bay (10-7/4-5) and Cal State East Bay (6-10/1-8)) invade RIMAC Arena...Prior to the two  home contests, UCSD will travel to Cal State San Bernardino Wednesday night to test the first place, defending CCAA champion Coyotes...The Tritons, boasting an 11-5 overall mark and a 6-2 conference ledger, have dropped into third place in the league standings, one game behind Cal State San Bernardino and half a game short of San Francisco State.

In a critical showdown on the road last Friday, No. 22 Sonoma State won the statistical battles but lost where it counted as UCSD out-gutted the Seawolves to win on the scoreboard, 3-2 (21-25, 30-28, 22-25, 25-23, 17-15), it's sixth in a row...The freshmen tandem of Sophie Rowe (20 kills) and Danielle Dahle (19) powered the Tritons...Both posted double doubles with 25 and 15 assists respectively...It was nip-and-tuck all the way with Sonoma State staving off five set points in the second before succumbing and UCSD capturing the decisive fifth set despite never leading until going ahead, 16-15...Sophomore setter Amber Hawthorne made it three Tritons in the double double parade, dishing out 54 assists and registering 13 digs...Sophomore Sara McCutchan chipped in with 13 kills and freshman Kameron Cooper had four, none bigger that the match winner in the fifth set... The Seawolves finished with slight advantages in the hitting (.246-.237) and blocking (16-12) categories.

Twenty-four hours later in San Francisco, the six-match streak came to a screeching halt as UCSD was swept, 3-0 (27-25, 25-18, 25-22) by San Francisco State...Perhaps showing the effects of the previous night's marathon, the Tritons hit just .159 and were unable to close out tight battles in the first and third sets...Dahle was the offensive leader with 16 kills, while hitting at a stellar .454 clip, but didn't get much help...Hawthorne made it back-to-back double doubles with 23 assists and 12 digs and Rowe had solid numbers with eight kills and 17 digs...SFSU hit .197 and hammered seven aces as the Tritons had difficulties in the serve reception department.

M-SOCCER UNBEATEN IN LAST SIX; CAL STATE L.A. HERE FRIDAY
Continuing its run of impressive performances with a commanding victory over then CCAA North Division-leading Sonoma State Friday, Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team will take a six-match unbeaten streak and a string of five consecutive shutouts into Friday night's home skirmish with CCAA South Division-leading Cal State L.A. (8-3-1/7-2-1)...The Tritons, 7-2-2 overall, 6-1-2 in conference play and second in the CCAA South Division standings, will travel to Cal State Dominguez Hills (6-5-1/6-4) on Sunday...CSULA handed the Tritons their lone league loss, a 1-0 (2OT) heartbreaker on Sept. 14, while UCSD topped CSUDH at home by the same score in regulation two weeks ago...Given the three teams' positions on the division
table and the fact that there are merely three weeks remaining in the regular season, this weekend's showdowns loom as critical in terms of the CCAA South title...Pascale's side has a game in hand on both of this week's opponents.


The Tritons took charge early and played a complete game in stifling Sonoma State, 2-0...UCSD struck early, getting an own goal in the 10th minute, but senior Evan Walker created the situation, blowing by a defender along the end line and getting a shot that eventually resulted in the goal when SSU misplayed a clearance try...Walker, fast-becoming a consistent playmaker for the Tritons, was at it again later in the first half, forcing the action and dropping the ball off to junior Tsuk Haroush whose shot deflected past Seawolf keeper Beau Diaz...It was Haroush's second tally of the season with Walker garnering the assist...Freshman Cameron McElfresh, in his third straight start, got whitewash No. 3 but was not required to make even a single save behind a stout UCSD defense which limited Sonoma State to just four shots and two corners.

NO. 17 W-SOCCER MAINTAINS STRONGHOLD ON CCAA SOUTH LEAD
The challenges keep presenting themselves for Coach Brian McManus's 17th-ranked Women's Soccer club which hosts Cal State L.A. (5-3-4/4-3-3) Friday night before tangling with always tough Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-7-2/2-7-1) Sunday afternoon in Carson...The Tritons, now 8-1-2 overall and  6-1-2 against CCAA competition, are still five points clear of second place Cal State L.A. atop the conference's South Division with one game in hand...Earlier in the campaign, UCSD knocked off CSULA, 2-1, in overtime on the road and tied CSUDH, 1-1, at home.

In a hard-fought battle of top 20 squads, UCSD played No. 13 Sonoma State to a scoreless draw Friday afternoon in Rohnert Park...The contest pitted the Tritons' ball control vs. the Seawolves' speed and neither was able to gain a clear advantage...Sonoma State out-shot UCSD, 23-13, and the Tritons had a 6-4 edge in the corner kick column...Both sides had excellent chances to dent the scoreboard but were repelled...The Seawolves nearly stole a win late when a Triton clearing pass at the top of the box was blocked and rebounded off the top of the crossbar and away in the waning seconds...Freshman keeper Kelcie Brodsky recorded her fifth shutout, stopping eight shots.

After netting just one goal in its previous three games, the Triton offense erupted for four Sunday, crushing host Humboldt State, 4-1...Senior Hayley Johnson scored on a pair of unassisted free kicks, striking for the game's first goal in the 38th minute...Despite dominating, the Tritons led just, 1-0, at the break and just over five minutes into the second session, the Lumberjacks tied things up...But Johnson's second goal, her fourth of the year (a personal single season high), at 56:28, began a three-goal in 20-minute run that erased any thoughts Humboldt may have had in regards to an upset...Off a Johnson corner, HSU put the ball in its own goal for the Tritons' third tally and sophomore forward Izzy Pozurama headed home the fourth, getting assists from Cassie Callahan and Melisa Tallis.


        

MEN'S POLO HOSTS LONG BEACH STATE FRIDAY NIGHT
It will be No. 11 UC San Diego and No. 10 Long Beach State locking horns Friday night at Canyonview Pool as Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo team (7-5) returns to action after a 12-day layoff...It will be the first 2012 meeting between the two squads...Long Beach State prevailed in their only encounter last season, a one-goal, double overtime affair...The Tritons have won six of their last eight outings.

Junior Josh Stiling has clearly stepped up his level of play this season, racking up a team high 49 goals, over 36% of the team's total...Junior Lukas Syka (14) and sophomore David Higginson (10) are the only others in double figures...Senior John Butler's 27 assists are a team high.

MEN WIN TRITON XC CLASSIC BEHIND COLLINS; WOMEN THIRD
The first major test comes in two weeks when UCSD hosts the 2012 CCAA Championship, but Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country teams aced another quiz Saturday with the men finishing first and the women a close third at the 20th annual Triton Classic...The men, paced by first place individual finisher Tanner Collins, scored 25 points to easily out-pace runner-up Loyola Marymount (85) and snag a second straight team title in this event...On the women's side, Loyola Marymount claimed the top spot with 71 points with another Division I squad, San Diego State (95), second and UCSD four points back (99) in third.

Collins, a sophomore, went nearly wire-to-wire to record his first collegiate victory, covering the 8K course in 26:15.0...Junior Kellen Levy was next home for the Tritons, crossing the line in 26:30.2 which placed him fifth...The freshmen duo of Tareq Alwafai (6th/26:35.3), a prep teammate of Collins, and Scott Acton (8th/26:36.9) followed Levy and junior Mario Flores (13th/26:48.1) was UCSD's fifth scorer.

For the 10th race in a row, junior Chia Chang was the Tritons' top point-getter, clocking 22:38.8 for the 6K which left her seventh overall...Underclassmen---Marie Diaz (13th/22:59.3), Carolina Guzman (17th/23:10.3), Michelle LeRoux (22nd/23:29.2) and Chandler Colquitt (44th/23:59.7) accounted for the other four scoring slots.

Listen to post-race comments from Head Coach Nate Garcia.
Listen to Saturday's post-race interview with sophomore Tanner Collins.
Listen to Saturday's post-race interview with freshman Marie Diaz.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Women's Soccer Coach Brian McManus, defender Gavin Lamming from the Men's Soccer team, Sophie Rowe of the Women's Volleyball squad and sophomore cross country standout Tanner Collins...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

For the sixth consecutive year, UC San Diego was ranked as the nation's No. 1 Division II institution in the National Collegiate Scouting Association's Power Rankings, which rate all schools based on competitive excellence, academic prowess and graduation rate...In a list combining institutions from all three NCAA levels, UCSD finished tied for ninth, it's second straight time in the top ten...Among the other universities in the top 10 combined chart were Stanford, Duke, Notre Dame and Harvard...The next best UC school was UCLA at No. 70.

Coach Mike Wydra begins his 34th season at the helm of the UCSD Golf team today as the Tritons open play in the 54-hole Wildcat Invitational hosted by Chico State at Corning Country Club...Wydra returns everyone from a 2011 outfit that reached the NCAA Division II Regionals for the first time since 2007...Notables on a team that does not include any seniors are juniors Lewis Simon and Jacob Williams and sophomores Jay Lim and Marc Herrmann.

Coach Timmer Willing's Men's Tennis participated in last weekend's San Diego State Fall Invitational at the Aztec Tennis Center...The highlight for the Tritons was Carrill Salomon's third set tiebreaker victory in the consolation chmpionship of the A-singles bracket...Salomon posted a 10-8 decision over Arizona's Kieren Thompson in the final set...The duo of Kona Luu-Horea Porutiu claimed second in the consolation doubles bracket.

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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