UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (November 5, 2012)
Release: Wednesday 11/04/2012 
by UCSD
The UCSD Women's Soccer team opens NCAA Regional play this weekend.
The UCSD Women's Soccer team opens NCAA...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Mon., Nov. 5---MBasketball---UCSD at San Diego State (Exhib.)---7:05 PM

Wed., Nov. 7---MTennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiate---All Day
Wed., Nov. 7---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM

Thurs., Nov. 8---MTennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiate---All Day
Thurs., Nov. 8---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---6:00 PM

Fri., Nov. 9---MTennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiate---All Day
Fri., Nov. 9---Fencing---UCSD at North American Cup---8:00 AM
Fri., Nov. 9---WBasketball---UCSD at Disney Tip-Off Classic---6:15 PM
Fri., Nov. 9---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---7:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 9---MBasketball---UCSD at Dixie State Classic---7:00 PM

Sat., Nov. 10---MTennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiate---All Day
Sat., Nov. 10---Fencing---UCSD at North American Cup---8:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 10---WBasketball---UCSD at Disney Tip-Off Classic---1:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 10---MBasketball---UCSD at Dixie State Classic---4:30 PM
Sat., Nov. 10---WSoccer---UCSD hosts NCAA West Regional---6:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 10---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:00 PM

Sun., Nov. 10---WCrew---UCSD at San Diego Fall Classic---6:00 AM
Sun., Nov. 10---Fencing---UCSD at North American Cup---8:00 AM
Sun., Nov. 10---WBasketball---UCSD at Disney Tip-Off Classic---8:30 PM



W-SOCCER CCAA CHAMPS; START NCAA PLAY AT HOME SATURDAY
Coach Brian McManus's 13th-ranked Women's Soccer team won its eighth CCAA Championship in 13 years Sunday afternoon, defeating Sonoma State on penalty kicks for the crown and snappng a three-year dry spell in the process...UCSD (13-2-2) will now turn its attention to the 48-team NCAA Playoffs which start this weekend...On the strength of a solid regular season and its CCAA Tournament title, the Tritons were seeded No. 2 and will host one of the three-team NCAA West Regionals...West Regional play will start Thursday with third seed Seattle Pacific (14-3-2) facing sixth seed BYU-Hawaii (10-4-3) at Triton Soccer Stadium (1:00 PM)...UCSD will battle the winner of that one Saturday night at 6:00 PM.

For the first time in four years, UCSD advanced to the championship game of the CCAA Tournament, getting there via a 2-1 victory over second seed Cal State Stanislaus Friday afternoon in Carson...After a scoreless first half that featured generally uninspired play on the part of the McManus's outfit, the Tritons responded quickly...In the seventh minute of the second session, sophomore midfielder Cassie Callahan got on the end of a Jessica Wi cross and headed it home for her ninth goal...CCAA Offensive Player of the Year Karanee Demery, who bedeviled UCSD in last year's CCAA first round, knotted the score 10 minutes later and with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, this one appeared headed for overtime...But at 86:09, senior Gabi Hernandez collected a rebound just inside the box and struck a perfectly-placed half volley into the upper right corner that turned out to be the final dagger for the Warriors...Stanislaus out-shot UCSD, 21-10, but the quality chances were relatively even.

Every time on of McManus's sides has reached the conference tournament final they have come away a winner and the 2012 crew kept that streak intact but were pushed to the limit by CCAA North Division champion Sonoma State, the weekend's top seed and the No. 7 team in the country...The two clubs played to a scoreless draw earlier in the season and that's how it stood at halftime Sunday...After the break, it didn't take long for UCSD to change that...Twenty-four seconds in, Hernandez, who copped tournament MVP honors, collected a throw-in from senior Alexa Enlow inside the box, turned and deposited the ball in the far upper corner...The Tritons, playing a far better brand of soccer than they had against Stanislaus, were poised for victory in regulation but a stunning Seawolf tally 43 seconds from the final horn sent the contest into overtime...Two periods and 20 minutes of OT came and went, forcing the two combatants to penalty kicks...Both teams had a ball hit the crossbar but after the Tritons' freshman keeper Kelcie Brodsky made what McManus termed "a massive save" on Sonoma's JJ McFarlin, it came down to UCSD senior Haley Johnson who calmly put the ball in left corner for the win.


Prior to the Championship, eight Tritons were selected to the 2012 All-CCAA team...First teamers included Callahan, Wi and Johnson...Snaring second team honors were seniors Ellen Wilson, sophomore Izzy Pozurama, and freshman goalkeeper Brodsky...Seniors Enlow and Hernandez were honorable mention choices...Wilson, who has started every game of her career, was the pick as the CCAA Defensive Player of the Year.

Watch Friday's post-game interview with Head Coach Brian McManus.
Watch Friday's post-game interview with senior Gabi Hernandez.
Watch Sunday's post-tournament comments from Head Coach Brian McManus.
Watch Sunday's post-tournament comments from senior Hayley Johnson.
Watch Sunday's post-tournament comments from freshman Kelcie Brodsky.
View CCAA Championship photo gallery.

STREAKING POLO HOSTS UCI IN HOME FINALE THURSDAY

It will be Senior Night Thursday when Coach Denny Harper's No. 10 Men's Water Polo team plays its final regular season home match against No. 9 UC Irvine at Canyonview Pool...The 13-7 Tritons, who have now won four in a row, six of their last seven and are coming off a sweep of a two-game trip to Northern California, appear to have secured the No. 1 seed in next week's WWPA Championship...The winner of Nov. 16-18 WWPA event at Whittier advances to the NCAA Championships...UCSD won last year's WWPA title at home.

Last Thursday, senior John Butler and junior Josh Stiling racked up bookend hat tricks---Butler's in the first half and Stiling's in the second---as UCSD piled up a 7-1 lead and held off its 16th-ranked host, UC Davis, 11-8...The Tritons stifled the Aggies in the first half and sophomore goalie Cameron Ravanbach continued his stellar play in the cage, rejecting 10 shots...Sophomore Joe Dietrich chipped in with two scores as Harper's club knocked off Davis for the fifth time in a row and second time in 2012.

Three goals from Dietrich propelled the Tritons to an 11-6 triumph two days later at No. 19 Santa Clara...After scuffling to a one-goal halftime advantage, UCSD out-scored the Broncos, 6-2, in the second half and it was a pair of back-to-back goals by Dietrich, midway through the third period, that finally created a cushion that the Tritons carried to the final buzzer...Three other players---Stiling, senior Brian Roach and sophomore David Higginson---contributed a pair of goals apiece.

                      

W-VOLLEYBALL READIES FOR HUGE HOME WEEK
After seeing its run of seven straight victories snapped on the road Saturday, Coach Ricci Luyties' No. 24 Women's Volleyball team (18-7/13-4) is back at RIMAC Arena for a stretch of three matches in four nights that will likely determine the squad's fate in not only the CCAA race but the NCAA Playoffs...Conference-leading Cal State San Bernardino  (18-7/15-2) comes to town Wednesday, followed by San Francisco State (18-7/13-5) Friday and Sonoma State (19-7/13-5) Saturday...SFUS and Sonoma State are both tied for third, just half a game behind the Tritons.

The freshman trio of Sophie Rowe (15), Danielle Dahle (9) and Kameron Cooper (8) combined for two-thirds of the team's 48 kills as UCSD cruised past host Cal State Stanislaus, 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-13) Friday night in Turlock...Rowe was particularly lethal, hitting a solid .387 and posting a double double with 11 digs on an evening when the Tritons out-hit the Warriors, .285-.083...Sophomore setter Amber Hawthorne orchestrated the offensive domination, handing out 30 assists...Among the other standouts were junior libero Brittany Lombardi who accounted for 19 digs and junior Sheridan Taylor who registered three of UCSD's six service aces.

A night later, the Tritons found themselves on the opposite side of the script, surrendering a big first set lead and eventually getting swept, 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-23) at Chico State...In the prophetic first game, UCSD raced out to a 12-6 lead, still held a three-point margin at 19-16 and was tied at 22 before the Wildcats ran off the final three points...A similar scenario played out in the third set as Luyties & Co. used an 8-1 run to build an 11-6 margin that eventually disappeared...Dahle with 10 kills and Rowe (8) again powered the Triton offense but, team-wise, UCSD was out-hit, .271-.177...The loss meant that the two squads split their season series.                     

UCSD-SDSU SQUARE OFF TONIGHT IN MEN'S HOOPS EXHIBITION
Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team will face a daunting task in its final pre-season outing when it faces Division I crosstown rival San Diego State in an exhibition tonight at Viejas Arena...The defending Mountain West Conference champion Aztecs enter the season ranked No. 20 nationally...UCSD, coming off a 10-17 2011-12 campaign, returns three of its top four scorers and rebounders...Prominent among the veterans are senior forward Justin Brue and the backcourt tandem of senior Tyler McGrath and junior James McCann.

Following their engagement with the Aztecs, the Tritons hit the road to open the regular season in St. George, UT at the Dixie State Classic...UCSD will play its first game Friday against host Dixie State and then match-up against Fresno Pacific a day later.

TRITON WOMEN CAGERS OPEN AT DISNEY CLASSIC
The Heidi VanDerveere era of UCSD Women's Basketball begins this weekend as her young Tritons travel up to Orange County to participate in the annual Disney Classic at Anaheim Convention Center...The Tritons, coming off a 30-3 season in which they won the CCAA regular season championship and reached the NCAA West Regional championship game, will open Friday against Gannon, square off vs. Grand Canyon Saturday and conclude tourney action Sunday against Simon Fraser.

VanDerveere will be leaning heavily on three returning starters, seniors Daisy Feder and Emily Osga and junior Erin Dautremont...The trio accounted for 36 of UCSD's 78.2 ppg a year ago...Additionally, Dautremont and Osga were second and third in rebounding in 2011-12 while Osga and Feder were 2-3 in assists...VanDerveere will also have last year's leading scorer and UCSD's second best career scorer, Chelsea Carlisle, on the bench but the three-time All-American guard will be serving as an assistant coach rather than playing.

CROSS COUNTRY STRUGGLES AT NCAA REGIONALS
A year that has to go down as a "step forward" for Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country team ended, nevertheless, on a bitter note Saturday as the Triton men and women finished 10th and 12th respectively at the NCAA West Regional in Kahuku, HI...Both teams had designs on earning  top five finishes which would have qualified them for the NCAA Championships in Joplin, MO...The men, who came in seeded fifth, scored 266 pts. while the eighth-seeded women wound up with 384...Chico State captured the regional title in both divisions.

Running 10K for the first time, the UCSD men were led by junior Kellen Levy who clocked 34:01 over the Kahuku Golf Course layout, good for 39th place...After Levy, all the scoring was done by freshmen with the foursome of Tareq Alwafai (46th/34:10), Daniel Franz (49th/34:17), Scott Acton (68th/34:53) and Eddie Carrillo (79th/35:12) doing the honors...The warm Hawaiian conditions as well as the first try at 10K may have had some affect on the Tritons as sophomore Tanner Collins, UCSD's top finisher in the previous two races, and junior Mario Flores, a strong late season contributor, finished out of the money.

For the women, junior Chia Chang rebounded from a sub-par performance at the CCAA Championships to pace UCSD with a 30th place finish...The Tritons' first runner across the line for the 11th time in 12 races, Chang was timed in 22:48 for the 6K...Overall, the women's order of finish was much more in keeping with recent outings than that of their male counterparts...The freshmen tandem of Marie Diaz (23:37) and Carolina Guzman (24:09) were 68th and 84th respectively, followed by senior Elena Inouye (95th/24:30) and sophomore Michelle LeRoux (117th/25:04).

PASCALE CCAA COACH OF THE YEAR; COHEN TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER
Despite finding itself on the outside looking in in terms of the CCAA Championship Tournament, the Men's Soccer team reeled in its fair share of  conference hardware when post-season honors were passed out last week...On the heels of its 9-4-4 season, five Triton players were named All-CCAA...Junior defender Alec Arsht grabbed first team honors while another junior defender, Gavin Lamming, senior midfielder Andisheh Bagheri and junior keeper Josh Cohen garnered second team accolades...Senior forward Evan Walked earned honorable mention status...Additionally, Cohen was tabbed as the CCAA's Defensive Player of the Year and fifth-year Head Coach Jon Pascale won Coach of the Year recognition.

SWIMMING/DIVING KNOCKED OFF BY UC SANTA BARBARA

At a meet that started with high hopes, the Swimming & Diving teams finished on the short in both the men's (170-128) and women's (178-122) competitions last Friday at UC Santa Barbara...On the men's side, sophomore Dane Stassi posted a pair of NCAA provisional qualifying marks while winning the 100 (49.46) and 200 (1:48.75) butterfly races...Both were personal in-season bests...The Triton men also got a pair of wins from junior diver Luke Calkins who scored 263.40 pts. on the one-meter board and 279.35 on the three-meter...Junior Nick Korth touched first in the 200 breaststroke (2:03.08) and was second in the shorter breaststroke event (57.06)...Freshman Paul Li was the only other blue ribbon performer for the UCSD men, clocking 1:41.19 while taking the 200 freestyle...Junior Anji Shakya (200 freestyle/1:51.96) and sophomore Sierra Robbins (100 freestyle/52.62) were the only Triton women with first place showings...UCSD is back in action, Nov. 15-17, when it hosts the annual Arena Invitational at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach.

ENCOURAGING RACES FOR ROWERS IN NEWPORT

Both Triton Crews competed in last Sunday's Newport Autumn Rowing Festival...For Coach Zach Johnson's men, it was a solid early season outing against many of the top West Coast powers in the sport...The Triton "A" boat chalked up a 10th place finish in an Open 8 race won by Cal while the UCSD "B" boat was 15th...For first-year women's Coach Colin Truex, it was more about improvement and his unit did just that, making noteworthy strides in comparison to
teams it has met and will meet down the road...The Triton "A" crew was ninth in the 19-boat Open 8, defeated only by Division I opponents while making significant inroads against local rivals like USD, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara...UCLA was the winner of the Open 8.


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 Men's Water Polo Coach Denny Harper, Men's Basketball Coach Chris Carlson, Soccer coaches Brian McManus and Jon Pascale and freshman Danielle Dahle of the Women's Volleyball team.

Coach Timmer Willing's Men's Tennis squad swings back into fall season action this week, playing at the four-day Southern California Intercollegiate at UCLA...Coach Timmer Willing will travel to L.A. with a roster of Camill Salomon, Max Jiganti, Kona Luu, Rajeev Herekar, Guy Giubilato, Trevor Dell, Ganesh Alagappan, Devon Sousa and Horea Porutiu.

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.

The UCSD Athletic Dept. hosts a variety of sports camps and clinics throughout the year...For more information on available options, click here.

Four Triton Soccer players won Capital One Division II Academic All-District honors for District 8 last week...Senior Andisheh Bagheri was honored on the men's side while seniors Ellen Wilson and Hayley Johnson as well as sophomore Cassie Callahan were award winners from the women's team.

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