UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 15, 2012)
Release: Tuesday 10/14/2012 
by UCSD
Red hot Izzy Pozurama and the Women's Soccer team are home for two matches this weekend.
Red hot Izzy Pozurama and the Women's Soccer...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Mon., Oct. 15---Golf---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---All Day

Tue., Oct. 16---Golf---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---All Day

Thu., Oct. 18---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Air Force---6:00 PM

Fri., Oct. 19---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 19---MSoccer---UCS vs. Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 19---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 20---Cross Country---UCSD hosts CCAA Championships---9:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 20---Swim & Dive---UCSD Blue-Gold Meet---11:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 20---MWater Polo---UCSD at Loyola Marymount---Noon
Sat., Oct. 20---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 21---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Chico State---11:30 AM
Sun., Oct. 21---MWater Polo---UCSD at UCLA---Noon
Sun., Oct. 21---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Chico State---2:00 PM


UCSD HOSTS CCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY

The racing starts for real Saturday when UCSD hosts the 2012 CCAA Cross Country Championships on its north campus course...Coach Nate Garcia's harriers will hook up with seven foes in the 8K men's race at 9:00 AM and 11 when the women go 6K immediately following...UCSD will looking to improve on last year's third place finish by the men and fourth place standing on the women's side...Chico State is defending champion in both divisions.

Chico is the likely favorite again in both races...Going in, the Triton men are seeded fourth and the women third...In the former, UCSD will be looking to leapfrog San Francisco State and Humboldt State to challenge the 2011 titlists...Garcia will be looking to junior Kellen Levy, sophomore Tanner Collins and freshman Scott Acton, who have all won races this season, to push that effort...Junior Chia Chang, the top UCSD finisher in 10 consecutive women's events, will pace the Tritons in a scramble that Garcia calls, "crazy competitive" below Chico State.

NORTH DIVISION RIVALS HERE TO TEST NO. 25 WOMEN'S SOCCER
It appears that whatever was troubling the 25th-ranked Women's Soccer team during its last  homestand was short-lived and officially gone...After collecting a pair of division wins last week, Coach Brian McManus's side has now won three straight,  improved to 10-1-2 overall, 8-1-2 in conference action and is close to salting away the South Division crown for the 11th time in 13 years, leading by eight points with just four matches remaining...This week, the Tritons will get a taste of what the teams in the North Division have to offer when Cal State Stanislaus (12-2/8-2) and Chico State (5-9/3-8) come to town...Stanislaus comes into the week second in the North race and a likely qualifier for the CCAA Championship Tournament, which will be hosted by Cal State Dominguez Hills, Nov. 2-4.

Facing second place Cal State L.A. Friday night, UCSD got an early goal from sophomore forward Izzy Pozurama and made it stick for a 1-0 triumph...Senior Jessica Wi got open, sent a cross into the box and Pozurama headed it to the near post for the only goal the Tritons would need...The Golden Eagles owned a sizable edge (21-9) in the shots column and made UCSD withstand several late surges to earn the "W"...Freshman Kelcie Brodsky made six saves in goal for her sixth shutout of the season.

Pozurama was at it again Sunday, connecting twice in an impressive, 3-1, road win at Cal State Dominguez Hills...Her third goal of the season, a header from short range off a double assist from sophomore Cassie Callahan and senior Alexa Enlow, came in the seventh minute...Her second, at 56:38 was scored when she beat Toro keeper Tiffany Hollis after taking a feed from Wi...Sandwiched between the two was the seventh of the season for Callahan, the  club's leading goal scorer...She flicked a header past Hollis at the end of a nice cross by junior Casey Parisi...Dominguez Hills narrowed the final margin with a late goal that did little more than give McManus something to focus on next week.

Listen to Friday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Brian McManus
Listen to Friday night's post-match interview with sophomore Izzy Pozurama.

MEN'S SOCCER SHOOTS FOR BOUNCE BACK IN CRUCIAL HOME WEEKEND
Just two weeks after briefly reaching the summit of the CCAA's South Division, Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team finds itself in a critical position with two weeks left in the regular season...After dropping a pair of games last week, the Tritons are 7-4-2 overall, 6-3-2 in conference play and third on the CCAA South ladder...UCSD will now host Cal State Stanislaus (8-2-2/6-2-2) and defending league champion Chico State (8-2-3/7-1-3), in desperate need of points...Chico and Stanislaus are currently 1-2 in the North Division standings and Friday's contest with the Warriors may prove pivotal to the Tritons' CCAA post-season hopes.

Last Friday afternoon in La Jolla, UCSD out-shot Cal State L.A. (10-6) and earned six corners while giving up just two but conceded a goal 62 seconds into the game and it proved to be fatal in a 1-0 loss to the first place Golden Eagles...The goal was the first scored against the Tritons in six games and just the fourth they had given away all season.

That defensive prowess was nicked two days later as host Cal State Dominguez Hills, a team UCSD knocked off, 1-0, on Sept. 28, deposited two first half goals on its way to a 3-0 victory...CSUDH had a decided, 13-5, advantage in the shots column although UCSD ended up with 10 corners to just four for the Toros.

MEN'S WATER POLO HOSTS WWPA RIVAL AIR FORCE THURSDAY
Now 7-6 after a tough home loss last week, Coach Denny Harper's 11th-ranked Men's Water Polo team faces a rugged, three-game week that starts at home Thursday night against No. 13 Air Force...The Tritons will then take to the road for a Saturday-Sunday twosome in Los Angeles vs. No. 9 Loyola Marymount and No. 3 UCLA...UCSD is 1-2 in its three previous encounters with LMU this season and will be facing UCLA for the first time.

After putting in a rock-solid three quarters without leading scorer Josh Stiling, Harper's crew surrendered four unanswered goals in the fourth, falling to No. 10 Long Beach State, 11-8, at Canyonview Pool Friday night...On the strength of four goals from junior Luke Syka and a pair of clutch long range tallies by sophomore Joe Dietrich, the Tritons were up, 8-7, on the 49ers with one quarter to go...Despite the 11 goals and late LB surge, sophomore goalie Cameron Ravanbach was stellar in the cage, stopping 14 shots and repelling several quality attacks by the 49ers early on.

                 

TWO MATCH ROADIE NEXT AS W-VOLLEYBALL STARTS SECOND HALF OF CCAA PLAY
With the CCAA season now at its midway point, Coach Ricci Luyties' young Women's Volleyball squad remains squarely in the thick of the conference race...Sporting a 13-6 overall record and an 8-3 league ledger after a 2-1 week, the Tritons are holding down third place on the CCAA table, just one game behind league-leading Cal State San Bernardino and half a game back of San Francisco State...They now head to Los Angeles for a key two-match road series at Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills this weekend...This week's two opponents own identical 9-9 overall and 7-4 conference marks and are part of a three-way tie for fourth.

Last Wednesday night, UCSD pushed defending CCAA champ Cal State San Bernardino to five sets before succumbing, 3-2  (18-25, 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 15-10) at Coussoulis Arena...Two stats likely told the tale for the Tritons...After hitting a robust .343 in winning the first set, they slumped to .166 over the next four...And on the night a .914 reception percentage, coupled with eight CSUSB aces may have been decisive in a match where the teams were just two points apart after two hours and 16 minutes of action...Soph middle Sara McCutchan was the star of the match for UCSD, smacking a team high 21 kills (.474) while getting three solo blocks and seven assists...Freshman Danielle Dahle (19 kills/12 digs) and sophomore setter Amber Hawthorne (52 assists/13 digs) both posted double doubles.

After running up a 5-0 lead, UCSD had to hold off a determined comeback effort to win the first set but then blasted visiting Cal State Monterey Bay for a 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-11) Friday night at RIMAC Arena...The stubborn Otters actually took a the set one lead at 16-15, before the Tritons restored order and won by scoring four of the final five points, three on kills by freshman Sophie Rowe...Rowe finished with 13 kills, second on the night to classmate Dahle's 16...As a team, UCSD hit an exceptional .315 and also served up five aces, two each by Dahle and Hawthorne ...The latter handed out 36 assists while Dahle went double double again with 15 digs...Libero Brittany Lombardi had a team high 16 digs.

It was a similar start slow, finish strong scenario 24 hours later when the Tritons made it two in a row, outslugging Cal State East Bay, 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-15) Saturday...The dynamic frosh duo of Rowe (16 kills/13 digs) and Dahle (14/15) racked up dual double doubles, powering UCSD to a .349 hitting percentage and the Tritons outblocked the Pioneers, 10.5-6...Hawthorne dished up another 52 assists and had two of UCSD's six aces...McCutchan was back on the beam with 10 kills, two aces, one solo block and five block assists.

Watch Saturday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Ricci Luyties.
Watch Saturday night's post-match interview with freshman Danielle Dahle.

BLUE-GOLD MEET ON TAP FOR SWIMMING & DIVING
Coaches Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo get a preview of their second year at the helm when they put their Swimming & Diving team through its paces in the annual Blue-Gold Meet Saturday at Canyonview Pool...Gone are stars like three-time NCAA title holder Alex Henley and two-time NCAA champ Matt Herman but the 2012 roster is still stocked with prime talent including a pair of past national champions-Nick Korth and Emily Adamczyk...The Tritons, who finished second on the men's side and third on the women's at each of the past two NCAA Division II Championship meets, open the regular season the following Saturday against Claremont.

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 Jon Pascale (men's soccer), Nate Garcia (cross country) and Patti Gerckens (softball) and senior forward Gabi Hernandez of the Women's Soccer squad...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

Sophomore Jay Lim fired an even par 216 to tie for sixth overall but the Golf team placed ninth in the 12-team field at last week's InterWest Insurance Wildcat Classic, hosted by Chico State at Sevillano Links in Corning, CA...Lim carded a two-under 70 in the first round of the 54-hole event and was followed by teammates Jacob Williams (T30th/224), Lewis Simon (T39th/226), Clayton Yamaguchi (T39th/226) and Marc Herrmann (78th/261)...The field featured five teams ranked in the GCAA Top 15.

The Men's Tennis team competed at the UC Santa Barbara Classic over the weekend...Top singles results were turned in by senior Camill Salomon (11th/A flight), junior Max Jiganti (9th/B flight) and redshirt freshman Ganesh Alagappan (4th/C flight)...In doubles play, Luu and Alagappan teamed up to claim fifth in the B flight.

UC San Diego Athletics is pleased to announced a new partnership with Advanced-Online which will provide an web-based, on-demand option for Triton Athletic apparel and merchandise...Fans will have access to over 600 products which can be produced and shipped in 24 hours...Moving forward, Advanced-Online will also be offering special event and championship gear...Click here to check it out.

Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team is hoping to be playing at a venue with a "new feel" when the 2013 season opens against Western Oregon next February...A fund-raising campaign to generate the revenue to install 313 navy chairback seats at Triton Softball Stadium began last Friday...Interested persons or companies can sponsor individual chairs...For more information on how you can get involved, click here.

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