UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 22, 2012)
Release: Friday 10/21/2012 
by UCSD
Danielle Dahle and the second place (CCAA) Women's Volleyball team are home for two matches this week.
Danielle Dahle and the second place (CCAA)...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Mon., Oct. 22---Golf---UCSD at Otter Invitational---All Day

Tue., Oct. 23---Golf---UCSD at Otter Invitational---All Day

Fri., Oct. 26---WSoccer---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 26---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Claremont---6:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 26---MSoccer---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 27---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Pomona-Pitzer---11:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 27---Swim---UCSD vs. Claremont---2:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 27---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 28---Crew---UCSD hosts Row for the Cure---7:30 AM
Sun., Oct. 28---Fencing---UCSD at Collegiate Open---10:00 AM
Sun., Oct. 28---MSoccer---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---11:30 AM
Sun., Oct. 28---WSoccer---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---2:00 PM


NO. 25 SPIKERS LOOK TO EXTEND FOUR-MATCH WIN STREAK AT HOME
Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball squad, back in the rankings at No. 25, boasting a four-match win streak and victorious in 10 of its last 12, returns home this weekend to host Humboldt State (2-18/0-13) Friday night and Cal Poly Pomona (10-10/6-7)) Saturday...UCSD, now 15-6 overall and 10-3 in conference activity, sits second in the CCAA standings, one game behind league-leading Cal State San Bernardino...Luyties' outfit already owns road wins over both of this week's adversaries...Saturday's match will be the annual Dig for a Cure/Breast Cancer Awareness match.

After surrendering the first three points of the match, UCSD rebounded to hit .312 and rout host Cal State L.A. in the first set, on the way to a workmanlike 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 26-24) conquest Friday night...The freshmen tandem of Danielle Dahle (8 kills) and Sophie Rowe (7), paced the offense while setter Amber Hawthorne posted another double double with 29 assists and 13 digs.

Saturday in Carson, UCSD turned the tables on a Cal State Dominguez Hills team that stunned them in the CCAA opener last month at RIMAC Arena, dumping the Toros, 3-0 (25-21-25-20, 25-21)... Dahle was again the catalyst, hitting .324 while knocking down 16 kills...She also accounted for three aces and 10 digs...Middle blocker Sara McCutchan continued her solid recent play with 10 kills and Hawthorne distributed 38 assists...UCSD battled back from deficits in taking the first two sets...The Tritons took the lead for the first time at 21-20 in set one, scoring six of the last seven to get the win...The Toros raced out to a 5-1 edge in the second but UCSD took command at 9-8 and never looked back.

POLO BACK HOME AFTER TOPPING TWO RANKED OPPONENTS

After collecting two wins while playing three ranked teams last week, Coach Denny Harper's No. 11 Men's Water Polo team will be home for a pair of weekend outings against Division III opponents from the SCIAC Conference, welcoming Claremont to Canyonview Pool Friday night and then testing Pomona-Pitzer Saturday morning...UCSD is now 9-7 overall.

With leading scorer Josh Stiling still sidelined, senior John Butler (3) and Brian Donohoe stepped up offensively, combining for five goals in UCSD's, 10-9, triumph over No. 13 Air Force Thursday night...After spotting the Falcons' the game's first score, UCSD knotted things at one when senior Brian Roach deftly re-directed a pass from Donohoe...The Tritons never trailed again but were also never able to gain more than a two-goal advantage...Sophomore Cameron Ravanbach turned away eight shot attempts in the cage.

UCSD made it two in a row and two straight over main WWPA rival Loyola Marymount, knocking off the ninth-ranked Lions, 7-4, in their home pool Saturday...Turning in a stellar defensive effort, the Tritons extended a 3-2 halftime advantage to 6-3 after three quarters and limited LMU to a single fourth quarter tally, that coming in the game's final minute...Donohoe and junior Luke Syka both recorded three-goal hat tricks and Ravanbach was a wall, stopping 19 shots...It was the first time since 2006 that the Tritons have defeated the Lions twice in a season.

UCSD's two-game streak came to an end Sunday as No. 2 UCLA handled the Tritons, 13-6...The Bruins built up a 7-3 halftime advantage and upped it to 10-3 after three before UCSD fought them to a three-goal draw over the final eight minutes...Donohoe registered a pair of goals while Syka, Brian Roach, Danny Lorch and Matt Rahn notched a singleton apiece.

Listen to Head Coach Denny Harper's Thursday night post-game interview.
Listen to sophomore Joe Dietrich's Thursday night post-game interview.


W-SOCCER SPLITS AT HOME; LOOKS TO CLINCH CCAA SOUTH CROWN

Looking to close out the regular season on a high note, as well as solidify its positioning for potential NCAA post-season play, the 12th-ranked Women's Soccer team heads to Northern California for weekend contests at Cal State East Bay (6-9-1/2-9-1) and Cal State Monterey Bay(8-7/5-7)...UCSD, which has guaranteed itself one of the four berths in the CCAA Championship Tournament, has a virtual lock on the CCAA South Division crown, needing to score just one point in its two remaining games to clinch...East Bay and Monterey Bay are fifth and third respectively in the CCAA's North Division

No. 20 Cal State Stanislaus edged the Tritons, 1-0, Friday, scoring on a long range blast by Apryl Whitney in the 87th minute to get the W in a well-played game that could have gone either way...Both teams had their chances earlier with UCSD failing to cash in on a couple of point blank opportunities.

Sunday, after a ragged first half, the Tritons blitzed 2011 NCAA Final Four participant Chico State with a three-goal second half to procure a 3-0 victory on Senior Day...Sophomore Izzy Pozurama, quickly becoming an offensive force, scored two goals, giving her six for the season, all scored in the last five contests...Both were headers and came in a 12-minute span early second session...Senior Laura Gordon finished up the scoring, dribbling through the Wildcat defense and beating keeper Brianna Furner into the upper right corner with 2:06 remaining for her first career goal...Chico State created most of the action in the first half and although the visitors didn't have many high quality chances, they kept UCSD goalkeeper Kelcie Brodsky busy as the freshman totaled eight saves on the afternoon.

Listen to Friday's post-game interview with Coach BrianMcManus.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with Coach Brian McManus.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with seniors Ellen Wilson, Hayley Johnson & Laura Gordon.

 

               

M-SOCCER GOES 1-0-1 VS. BEST OF NORTH; CLINGS TO POST-SEASON HOPES
Pushing to garner one of the four CCAA Championship Tournament berths, Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team will square off against Cal State East Bay (4-7-4/2-6-4) Friday and Cal State Monterey Bay (2-11/2-10) Sunday in its final two regular season contests of the year...The Tritons, sporting an 8-4-3 overall record and a 7-3-3 slate in CCAA play after going 1-0-1 at home last week vs. the top two teams in the CCAA North, find themselves third in the CCAA South Division, five points behind Cal State L.A. and three short of second place Cal State Dominguez Hills...Both L.A. and Dominguez Hills face the bottom two teams in the CCAA South---Cal Poly Pomona and San Francisco State---this week.

Sophomore Elan Gefen's first career goal, a short range tap-in of senior Kian Malek's rebound in the 55th minute lifted UCSD to a hard-fought, 1-0, victory over visiting Cal State Stanislaus Friday night in La Jolla...With two defenders collapsing on him, forward Scott MacBride slipped the ball to Malek in the box...His cross cage shot got away from Warrior keeper Clint Long and the onrushing Gefen, with a defender draped on his back, knocked it in...In testament to the taut nature of the match-up, UCSD owned 10-9 and 3-2 advantages in shots and corners...Junior keeper Josh Cohen fended off four shots to earn the shutout.

In a game replete with post-season implications, UCSD came up big on Senior Day Sunday but had to settle for a scoreless tie against CCAA North-leading Chico State...Both teams had good scoring opportunities but the defenses were up to the task...The best for the Tritons came early---when Chico's Sam Evans made an outstanding save on Alex Portela's penalty shot---and late, as UCSD gained three solid chances during a flurry in front of the Wildcat goal in the final minutes of the second overtime...Chico had the better number of shots (14-8) and corners (5-4) but Cohen needed to make just two saves in recording his seventh shutout of the campaign.

Watch Coach Jon Pascale's Friday night post-game interivew.
Watch Coach Jon Pascale's Sunday afternoon post-game interview.
Watch senior Andisheh Bagheri's Sunday afternoon post-game interview.

TRITONS CLAIM THIRD, FOURTH AT CCAA XC CHAMPIONSHIPS
In overcast, drizzly conditions, Coach Nate Garcia's men finished third and the women fourth at the 2012 CCAA Cross Country Championships, hosted by UCSD Saturday morning...The results mirrored last year's placement on both sides...The Triton men, who came into the race seeded fourth, nearly snagged the runner-up slot, finishing with 82 points, just one behind second place Humboldt State...Chico State took top honors with 23 points...Chico also grabbed the crown in the women's division (33 pts.) followed by Cal State Stanislaus (82), Humboldt State (95) and UCSD (115).

Garcia's men put on a great display of pack racing with the top five finishing 15th to 22nd and within 23 seconds...For the second straight race, sophomore Tanner Collins led the way finishing 15th in the 71-runner field with a time of 26:16.2 for the 8K...Just 11.6 seconds back was freshman Scott Acton who secured 17th place as well as CCAA Freshman of the Year honors...Then it was junior Mario Flores (18th/26:31.3) and another pair of freshmen, Tareq Alwafai (20th/26:33.8) and Eddie Carrillo (22nd/26:39.3).

Freshmen carried the day for the Triton women was well with Marie Diaz (9th/22:22.0) and Carolina Guzman (22nd/23:01.0) first to cross the line...Diaz joined Acton to give UCSD bookend Freshmen of the Year...Finishing 24th was junior Chia Chang (23:01.4) who saw her streak of 10 consecutive races as the top UCSD performer snapped...Rounding out the scorers for Garcia were senior Elena Inouye (30th/23:12.6) and sophomore Ximena Cruz (40th/23:36.6)...Both squads will now train for the NCAA West Regionals, set for Honolulu, HI in two weeks...The top teams from there will qualify for the 2012 NCAA Division II Championships, Nov. 17, in Joplin, MO.

Listen to Coach Nate Garcia's Saturday post-meet comments.
Listen to freshman Carolina Guzman's post-race interview.
Listen to junior Mario Flores' post-race interview.

GOLFERS THIRD AT SONOMA STATE TOURNAMENT
Powered by freshman Daniel Yang's eighth place individual finish, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team placed third in last week's 13-team Sonoma State Invitational...The Tritons posted a team score of even par 864 for 54 holes over the 6,733-yd. Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club Course...That number left UCSD just four strokes out of second place and only 12 behind team winner Hawaii-Hilo...The squad will be back in Northern California today for the start of the two-day, 54-hole Otter Invitational, hosted by Cal State Monterey Bay at the Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside.

Yang, playing in his first collegiate tournament, started quickly, firing a 69 in the first round before finishing at a three-under par 213 which put him in a three-way deadlock for eighth...Sophomore Jay Lim, who turned in a stellar freshman campaign in 2011-12, picked up where he left off, carding a final round 69 to finish tied for 12th, just two strokes behind Yang at 215...Wydra's other three players, juniors Lewis Simon and Jacob Williams and freshman Clayton Yamaguchi, all turned in scores of 220, tying for 24th.

SWIMMING-DIVING OPENS REGULAR SEASON SATURDAY AFTER SOLID BLUE-GOLD SHOWING
Former NCAA champions Nick Korth and Emily Adamczyk each chalked up three individual wins as Coaches Matt Macedo and Corrie Falcon unveiled their 2011-12 Swimming & Diving teams in Saturday's Blue-Gold meet at Canyonview Pool...In a meet that annually features a series of unique distances, Korth was victorious in his specialties, the 50 (26.66) and 150 (1:29.39) breaststrokes, as well as the 50 butterfly (23.20) where he nipped talented teammate Dane Stassi...Adamczyk, meanwhile, matched Korth's 50 (30.79) and 150 (1:32.10) breaststroke triumphs and also touched first in the 300 individual medley (3:21.47)...Anji Shakya (150 backstroke & 400 freestyle), Chin Hao Chang (800 & 400 freestyles), Alex Merrill (100 & 200 freestyles) and divers Luke Calkins and Mishka Hulka were all double winners.

For the record, the Blue team, captained by Julius Espiritu and Shakya, topped the Gold which was lead by Korth and Beth Dong...Twelve meet records were eclipsed on the afternoon.

Watch junior Nick Korth's post-meet interview.
Watch junior Anji Shakya's post-meet interview.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten is scheduled to have a diverse lineup of interviews this week, including head coaches Chris Carlson (men's basketball), Ricci Luyties (women's volleyball) and Corrie Falcon (swimming & diving)...Also expected to join the list of guests are freshman cross country ace Marie Diaz and junior Luke Syka from the men's water polo squad.

Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team will scrimmage against Point Loma on  the North Courts Thursday at 2:30 PM and Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team will participate in the annual Collegiate Open, Sunday at Cal Tech.

The 11th annual Row-for-the-Cure, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation and breast cancer research is set to go Sunday morning at Ski Beach on Mission Bay...More than $10,000 was raised last year and that figure has already been reached in the lead-up to the 2012 event...In the collegiate division, UC San Diego will be joined by crews from San Diego State, USD, UC Irvine, UCLA and Orange Coast College among others...For directions and schedule, check regattacentral.com.

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 week...Interested persons or companies can sponsor individual chairs...For more information on how you can get involved, click here.

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