UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 29, 2012)
Release: Saturday 10/28/2012 
by UCSD
The Triton Cross Country teams will be at Saturday's NCAA West Regional in Hawaii.
The Triton Cross Country teams will be at...
Courtesy: UCSD
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Thu., Nov. 1---MWater Polo---UCSD at UC Davis---6:00 PM

Fri., Nov. 2---WSoccer---UCSD at CCAA Championships---1:30 PM
Fri., Nov. 2---Swim/Dive---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---Noon
Fri., Nov. 2---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM

Sat., Nov. 3---Cross Country---UCSD at NCAA West Regionals---TBA
Sat., Nov. 3---Fencing---UCSD hosts Bladerunner---9:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 3---MWater Polo---UCSD at Santa Clara---Noon
Sat., Nov. 3---WVolleyball---UCSD at Chico State---7:00 PM

Sun., Nov. 4---Crew---UCSD at Newport Autumn Rowing Festival---7:30 AM
Sun., Nov. 4---Fencing---UCSD hosts Bladerunner---9:00 AM
Sun., Nov. 4---WSoccer---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBA



WOMEN'S SOCCER STEAMS INTO CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
With its 11th CCAA South Division title (in 13 years) safely in tow, the Women's Soccer team will be gunning for bigger trophies when it opens post-season play Friday as the second seed in the 2012 CCAA Championship Tournament, hosted by Cal State Dominguez Hills...The Tritons' first round opponent will be third-seeded Cal State Stanislaus with the winner facing off against either top seed Sonoma State or Cal Poly Pomona who match-up in the other semi-final...The title tilt is set for Sunday at 12:30 PM...The Tritons come into the CCAA tourney at 13-2-2 overall and wound up their conference schedule at 11-2-2...One of their two defeats came at the hands of Cal State Stanislaus...Overall, McManus's outfit was 2-1-1 vs. the other three tournament teams this fall.

UCSD started its final regular season weekend with an improbable come-from-behind, 3-2, overtime triumph at Cal State East Bay...After spotting the host Otters a 2-0 halftime lead, the Tritons stormed back to tie it 2-2 in the second session...Senior midfielder Jessica Wi started the resurgence, connecting from 15 yds. out on a feed from Laura Gordon in 69th minute...Ten minutes later, sophomore Cassie Callahan headed in her team-leading eighth tally with Wi getting the assist...That's how it remained until the 1:47 mark of the second OT period when sophomore Izzy Pozurama continued her recent scoring barrage, banging in a Gordon rebound for goal No. 7 on the season, all in a six-game span...The Tritons had the edge in both shots (22-9) and corners (9-4)...After the first half, UCSD out-shot the Otters, 19-1.

Pozurama found the scoreboard again Sunday, collecting the Tritons' first goal in a 2-0 decision at Cal State Monterey Bay...The result allowed UCSD to finish the regular season with six wins in its final seven contests...Pozurama's eighth goal, tying her with Callahan for the team lead, came in the 23rd minute when she jammed home the rebound of a Callahan shot...That's how it stayed until senior sweeper Ellen Wilson got the Tritons some insurance, converting a penalty kick at 86:04...Freshman keeper Kelcie Brodsky turned away five shots in recording her eighth shutout of the season.

MEN'S WATER POLO AIMS TO SECURE TOP WWPA SEED ON NORCAL TRIP

Boasting wins in four of its last five outings, Coach Denny Harper's 10th-ranked Men's Water Polo squad (11-7) embarks on an important two-game conference road trek this weekend, stopping at UC Davis (Friday) and Santa Clara (Saturday)...Both matches are critical to the Tritons' hopes of earning the No. 1 seed in the Nov. 16-18 Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships which will be hosted by Whittier.

Last Friday night, Harper welcomed back leading scorer Josh Stiling, who had been sidelined the last two weeks, and the junior from Beaverton, OR showed no signs of rust, rifling home three goals in a 16-5 romp over visiting Claremont...Junior Luke Syka and senior Lance Curtiss joined Stiling with three-goal "hat tricks" of their own as UCSD raced out to a 5-1 first quarter lead and was never threatened.

It was a similar storyline the next morning as Stiling netted six goals and the Tritons cruised to a 12-3 victory over Pomona-Pitzer...Redshirt freshman Tiki Toplak added two scores as UCSD built a 7-2 halftime margin and got superlative net play from both Cameron Ravanbach and Nick Michels.

Watch Friday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Denny Harper.
Watch Saturday's post-game interview with sophomore Cameron Ravanbach.

SIX STRAIGHT FOR NO. 24 SPIKERS; BIG ROAD TRIP LOOMS
Now riding a six-match win streak, Coach Ricci Luyties' No. 24 Women's Volleyball team takes to the road looking to make it eight straight when it visits Cal State Stanislaus (7-11/4-11) and Chico State (14-8/8-7) this weekend...The Tritons, 17-6 overall and 13-3 in CCAA play, own second place in the conference standings, one game behind league-leading Cal State San Bernardino and one up on Sonoma State and San Francisco State...They defeated both Stanislaus and Chico State at home earlier in the season.

The freshmen tandem of Danielle Dahle and Sophie Rowe combined for 23 kills as UCSD ran roughshod over last place Humboldt State, 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-20) Friday night at RIMAC Arena...Sophomore Amber Hawthorne (24 assists) and freshman Heidi Sierks (19) split time setting an offense that hit at a blistering .366 clip and Dahle posted a double double with 19 digs to go with her team high 14 kills.

The Tritons rebounded from a sloppy first set Saturday night to subdue Cal Poly Pomona, 3-1 (19-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-19)...With Hawthorne dishing out 50 assists on her 19th birthday, UCSD out-hit the Broncos by a comfortable margin (.248-.168) but clicked at a superlative .304 after the ragged first game...Rowe (18), sophomore Sara McCutchan (14) and Dahle (12) all reached double figures in the kills column and Rowe made it a double double with 14 digs...Junior libero Brittany Lombardi added a match high 21 digs and UCSD won the battle of the net, out-blocking Cal Poly, 13-10.5.

Listen to Friday's post-match comments from Head Coach Ricci Luyties.
Listen to Saturday's post-match comments from sophomore Amber Hawthorne.
Read website Q&A with freshman Danielle Dahle.


                  

NCAA CROSS COUNTRY REGIONALS SET SATURDAY IN HAWAII

With its eyes on a pair of NCAA Division II Championship berths, Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country teams fly to Honolulu later this week for the NCAA West Regionals which will be hosted by Hawaii Pacific at the Kahuku Golf Course...For the first time this season, the men will be running 10K (going off at 8:00 AM) while the women will remain at their standard 6K distance (9:00 AM)...The top five outfits of each gender will advance to the NCAA Championships in Joplin, MO, Nov. 17...It has been five years since both squads qualified for the national stage and ironically, that 2007 event, in Garcia's first season as head coach, was also held in Joplin.

The Triton men, who have seemed to be building as the fall progressed, will rely on a very young core...Sophomore Tanner Collins has been the team's top finisher the past two races...Juniors Mario Flores and Kellen Levy have the most experience and the latter held the No. 1 spot early in the season...A freshman group that includes Scott Acton, Eddie Carrillo and Tareq Alwafai has also contributed significantly...On the women's side, junior Chia Chang had her streak of 10 consecutive races as UCSD's No. 1 runner snapped at the recent CCAA Championships but still figures to be the anchor of the Triton squad in Hawaii...Also prominent  in the scoring mix will be the freshmen duo of Marie Diaz and Carolina Diaz, senior Elena Inouye, junior Ximena Cruz and sophomores Melissa LeRoux and Dani Brabender.

In non-championship-related news, Cross Country maintained its recent stranglehold on the Triton Athletes' Council (TAC) Halloween Costume Contest, taking both first (m) and second (w) place last Friday night.

M-SOCCER CLOSES OUT REGULAR SEASON IN STYLE
Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team closed its 2012 regular season on a high note, going 1-0-1 on the road last weekend, finishing 9-4-4 overall and 8-3-4 in CCAA action...That leaves them third in the ultra-competitive CCAA South and fourth overall in the conference points race, one slot outside the CCAA Championship Tournament field...Normally, that could have put UCSD in the Championship as the No. 4 seed...This year, due to a one-time change in the system brought about by Humboldt State having its team removed from competition (and all North Division teams playing one less game), it's the top two teams in each division...That means the Tritons' chances of earning one of the six NCAA West Regional Playoff berths to be awarded after this weekend are slim.

Friday in Hayward, UCSD and Cal State East Bay played to a scoreless draw...In an affair that was played very close to the vest, the two sides managed just 10 total shots on goal in 110 minutes...Junior goalkeeper Josh Cohen had five saves but the offensive stalemate left UCSD having scored just one goal in five matches.

The scoring dry spell disappeared in a big way Sunday as senior Scott MacBride erupted for three goals, sparking the Tritons to a 5-0 battering of Cal State Monterey Bay...Junior Will Pleskow (29:11) and senior Kian Malek (54:18) had already staked UCSD to a 2-0 lead when MacBride went on his three-goal-in-18-minute tear...Senior Evan Walker assisted on his first and third goals while the second was unassisted...It was UCSD's highest scoring output of the season, the first three-goal game since Matt Davey turned the trick in 2004 and was one more goal than MacBride had registered in his collegiate career to that point.

SWIM/DIVE TOPS CLAREMONT; UCSB NEXT UP
Paced by three-event wins from junior Anji Shakya on the women's side and an NCAA-qualifying three-meter diving victory by junior Luke Calkins on the men's side, UCSD romped past Division III Claremont in its 2012 season opener Saturday at Canyonview Pool...The Triton women, who won every swimming event, including both relays, out-scored Claremont, 256-44, and the men were, 234-66, victors, capturing all but one event on the afternoon...Next up for UCSD is a Friday match-up against D-I rival UC Santa Barbara on the road.

Saturday, Shakya raced to victories in the 100 (58.38) and 200 (2:07.03) backstrokes as well as the 500 freestyle (5:05.09)...On the women's side, the Tritons got two blue ribbon performances from senior Emily Adamczyk (200 breaststroke/2:20.47 & 200 IM/2:09.33) and freshman Naomi Thomas (100/56.89 & 200/2:04.49 butterfly)...Meanwhile, a deep, competitive UCSD men's roster produced 13 different winners while taking 14 events with only sophomore Dane Stassi (100/50.43 & 200/1:51.93) grabbing multiple wins...Stassi, showing great early season form, also blazed a lead-off leg (46.90) in the 400 freestyle relay that would have won the 100 freestyle...Calkins, who rang up 312.16 pts. in winning the three-meter diving event, qualified for the second NCAA Championships of his career.

Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with Coach Matt Macedo.
Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with Coach Corrie Falcon.

GOLFERS FINISH FALL WITH SEVENTH IN SEASIDE
With junior Lewis Simon leading the way, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team was seventh in last week's 17-team Otter Invitational, hosted by Cal State Monterey Bay at the Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside...After racking up third, fifth and seventh place finishes in their final three tournaments of the fall, the Tritons will now be on competitive hiatus until starting the spring regular season in February.

In the Seaside event, UCSD posted a 54-hole team total of 910 (46-over par) which left them 36 strokes short of first place Cal State Monterey Bay...Simon, who fired a one-under par 71 in the first round, finished at 223, good for a 12th place tie in the individual standings...Next in for the Tritons were a pair of freshmen, Daniel Yang and Clayton Yamaguchi who tied for 34th at 229 with sophomore Jay Lim (T40/232) and junior Jacob Williams (T55/236) rounding out the roster.

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 women's basketball coach Heidi VanDerveer as well as Izzy Pozurama (women's soccer), Justin Brue (men's basketball) and Dane Stassi (men's swimming)...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team opens its 2012-13 slate a week from tonight with an exhibition game against San Diego State at Viejas Arena...For those unable to get tickets, the contest will also be the first of 18 to be broadcast live on ESPN 1700 with Craig Elsten calling the action...Carlson's club has eight returners, including three of the top four scorers and rebounders from last season.

More than $10,000 was expected to be raised at Sunday's 11th annual Row for the Cure, hosted by the UCSD Men's and Women's Crew on Mission Bay...Revenue generated from the event goes to the Susan G.Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research...BothTriton teams are in action for the first time this Sunday at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival.

Members of Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team delivered an impressive start to the 2012-13 season Sunday, winning four of six events against conference rivals at the Collegiate Open hosted by Caltech...On the men's side, freshman Travis Tibbitts led a 1-2-3 Triton sweep in sabre and sophomore Adam Campbell-Kruger prevailed in epee...In the women's division, UCSD competitors dominated both  sabre and foil...The Gesner sisters, junior Munira and freshman Megan, were first and second in sabre as Tritons garnered the top seven spots...Another pair of freshman, Nicole Chiang and Alina Marshall, out-pointed the field, going 1-2 in foil with Rosalyn Lim and Victoria Parra tying for third...UCSD is home this weekend to host another individual event, the 17th annual Bladerunner in Main Gym.

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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