UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (November 12, 2012)
Release: Wednesday 11/11/2012 
by UCSD
Senior Tyler McGrath and the Men's Basektball team take on Grand Canyon in Saturday's 2012-13 home opener.
Senior Tyler McGrath and the Men's Basektball...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Thu., Nov. 15---Swimming---UCSD hosts Arena Invitational---All Day

Fri., Nov. 16---Swimming---UCSD hosts Arena Invitational---All Day
Fri., Nov. 16---MWater Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---9:00 AM
Fri., Nov. 16---WSoccer---UCSD at NCAA Super Regional---12:30 PM

Fri., Nov. 16---WBasketball---UCSD at WWU West Region Crossover---5:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 16---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---7:00 PM

Sat., Nov. 17---Swimming---UCSD hosts Arena Invitational---All Day
Sat., Nov. 17---Fencing---UCSD at IFCSC Megameet---10:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 17---MWater Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBD
Sat., Nov. 17---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon---7:00 PM

Sat., Nov. 17---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---7:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 17---WBasketball---UCSD at WWU West Region Crossover---7:30 PM

Sun., Nov. 18---MWater Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBD
Sun., Nov. 18---WSoccer---UCSD at NCAA Quarterfinal---TBD


FIFTH-RANKED W-SOCCER WINS NCAA OPENER; REGIONAL FINAL NEXT
After vanquishing perennial West Regional contender Seattle Pacific in last Saturday's NCAA Division II West Regional second round, Coach Brian McManus's No. 5 Women's Soccer team (15-2-3) will head to Denver, CO for Friday's "Super Regional" where it will face 23rd-ranked Western Washington (19-3)...The winner moves into Sunday's NCAA Quarterfinal against the winner of the Metro State-Colorado School of Mines South Central Region match-up.

On an unusually cold, windy evening in La Jolla, the Tritons staved off a persistent Seattle Pacific side, 2-1, in overtime last Saturday...Senior Jessica Wi netted the game-winner at the 6:43 mark of the second OT period...The play started with senior Hayley Johnson taking the Tritons' 13th corner kick of the night...The Falcons knocked down Johnson's delivery but in the ensuing chaos, the ball ended up at Wi's feet and the 5-1 midfielder put it in the far side to move UCSD forward...Early on, this one looked like it might be a rout as the Tritons swarmed SPU offensively, clanking several shots off the crossbar and post...Senior Gabi Hernandez, the MVP of the previous week's CCAA Championship Tournament, broke the deadlock in the 19th minute, poking the ball home from the ground in front of the Falcon net in the aftermath of an earlier Johnson corner...UCSD barely avoided losing in regulation when a scrum in front of the goal in the final seconds resulted in a Seattle Pacific shot ricocheting off the crossbar and nearly straight down before being cleared out...UCSD out-shot SPU, 20-16, on the night and freshman keeper Kelcie Brodsky stopped four shots in goal.

Watch Saturday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Brian McManus.
Watch Saturday night's post-game interview with senior Jessica Wi.

NO. 10 POLO LOOKS TO DEFEND WWPA TITLE AT WHITTIER
Denny Harper, coach of 15 Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) championship teams, will be looking to make it 16 this weekend when he takes his 2012 outfit to the conference tournament in Whittier this Friday through Sunday as the defending champ and No. 1 seed...The No. 10 Tritons, 14-7 overall, have won five in a row, seven-of-eight and are coming off an emotional, 12-11, come-from-behind victory last Thursday night at home against No. 9 UC Irvine...UCSD opens WWPA play Friday against host Whittier (11-17)...The winner takes on either fourth seed UC Davis or fifth seed Santa Clara in second round action Saturday and the title tilt is slated for Sunday at 2:15 PM.

The triumph over UCI, which was the first time UCSD had prevailed against the Anteaters since 2006, was a game of runs...Harper and Co. bolted out to a 3-0 advantage in the first four minutes, only to see Irvine score four unanswered goals of its own...After the two teams exchanged tallies, the Anteaters put another four on the board and had a 9-5 edge midway through the third period...It was then UCSD's turn to dominate, denting the cage four straight times, with senior Brian Roach's second of the night knotting the score at nine at the end of the quarter...UCI stormed back into the lead with a pair of early fourth quarter goals but then it was UCSD's turn to make the final charge...Junior Josh Stiling got the last of his team-leading three goals with 4:39 remaining and at the 1:44 mark, senior Brian Donohoe connected from outside on the equalizer...A minute, 14 seconds and four timeouts later, it was Donohoe again, nailing the game-winner...In all, seniors accounted for five of UCSD's 12 goals on the night and sophomore Joe Dietrich was the only other multi-goal scorer besides Stiling, Roach and Donohoe...Sophomore Cameron Ravanbach stopped 12 shots in goal.

Hear Thursday's post-game comments from Head Coach Denny Harper.
Hear Thursday's post-game comments from seniors Brian Donohoe and John Butler.

                 

SPIKERS CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON ON ROAD; POST-SEASON ON LINE

Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball squad closes out the regular season on the road this weekend, traveling to Cal State East Bay (10-16/5-14) Friday and Cal State Monterey Bay (12-15/6-13) Saturday...The Tritons (19-9/14-6) find themselves in a three-way tie with Sonoma State and San Francisco State on the CCAA table heading into their final two matches and know they need to win out to solidify an NCAA Playoff invitation...They are coming off a week that started with a milestone triumph but ended with a pair of disappointing defeats.

UCSD used a gritty, inspired effort to pick itself off the floor and defeat first place Cal State San Bernardino, 3-2 (17-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-14, 15-12) last Wednesday at RIMAC Arena...Down, 2-0, the Tritons rallied by taking four of the final five points to grab the third set and routed the Coyotes in the fourth before racing out to a 12-6 lead and hanging on in the decisive fifth...Luyties' club was out-hit and out-blocked by the CSUSB but much of the advantage in those categories was built up in games one and two...Meanwhile, there were heroes galore for the Tritons...Sophomore setter Amber Hawthorne piled up 46 assists, 23 digs and a pair of aces...Soph middle blocker Sara McCutchan hit a white hot .613 with 19 kills while the freshmen tandem of Danielle Dahle (18) and Sophie Rowe (12) both reached double figures in the kills column with the former getting two solo blocks and scoring a double double with 15 digs...Junior libero Brittany Lombardi was a whirling dervish on defense, equaling Hawthorne's match high 23 digs.

The Tritons had no such tricks up their sleeves Friday night as third place San Francisco State got out fast and never took its foot off the accelerator, topping UCSD for the second time this season, 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-17)...SFSU out-hit the Tritons by a wide margin (.291-.153) but it was probably passing, where UCSD posted a meager .913 number, that ultimately proved most costly...Rowe led the home team with nine kills and Dahle chipped in with eight...Lombardi accounted for 24 digs...Twenty-four hours later, the effort was better but the results the same as the Tritons were clipped by Sonoma State, 3-1 (25-22, 26-24, 14-25, 25-23)...The numbers in this one suggested the home team could have very easily emerged on top...UCSD had the edge in blocking, a much better passing percentage, bombed eight aces and even outscored Sonoma, 94-90, overall...Rowe (18 kills, 10 digs, 2 aces) and Dahle (15/9/2) were again solid, Hawthorne dished out 41 assists and had 12 digs and Lombardi racked up a career high 33 digs---but it all added up to a loss in the end.

Listen to Wednesday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Ricci Luyties.
Listen to Wednesday night's post-match interview with Amber Hawthorne & Sara McCutchan.
Listen to Friday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Ricci Luyties.
Listen to Saturday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Ricci Luyties.

M-BASKETBALL FACES GRAND CANYON IN SATURDAY HOME OPENER
Sixth-year Head Coach Chris Carlson sends his Men's Basketball team onto its home court for the first time Saturday night when UCSD (1-1) hosts Grand Canyon at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons, coming off a 10-17 campaign in 2011-12, split two outings at last weekend's Dixie State Classic in St. George, UT...Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on ESPN 1700 AM.

UCSD fell victim to a 64% second half shooting barrage by host Dixie State in Friday's season opening, 71-67, loss in the first round of the Dixie State Classic...Four Tritons---Justin Brue (14), James McCann (13), Drew Dyer (13) and Brandon Blanchard (11)---scored in double digits and UCSD had a seven-point halftime advantage over a Dixie State club that had taken UNLV, a ranked D-I team, to OT before succumbing by one in an exhibition earlier in the week...Blanchard paced the Tritons with six boards and they forced the Red Storm into 20 turnovers.

Senior Tyler McGrath erupted for 33 points, hitting 10-of-17 from the floor, canning four treys and hitting all nine of his free throws, as UCSD knocked off Fresno Pacificm 83-74, in Saturday's tournament finale...This time it was turnabout's fair play as the Tritons bounced back from a halftime deficit (34-31) by hitting 58.6% of their field goal tries in the second half...McGrath had a strong overall performance, grabbing six rebounds and handing out four assists...Dyer chipped in with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and McCann accounted for 13 points and six assists.

On Monday, UCSD tuned up for its regular season debut in an exhibition contest against San Diego State, the nation's No. 20 Division I squad...The tall, talented Aztecs prevailed, 80-56, as the Tritons had a difficult shooting night, connecting on just 21 of 57 field goal attempts...Dyer had 13 pts. and McCann 11...Brue and Blanchard pulled down six rebounds apiece as UCSD held its own on the glass, finishing minus-2 in the rebounding department.

ROUGH START FOR WOMEN CAGERS; NORTHWEST TOURNEY ON TAP
After a challenging, but progressive opening weekend at the Disney Classic in Anaheim, Coach Heidi VanDerveer's Women's Basketball team will go out on the road again, this time to Bellingham, WA for the WWU West Regional Crossover Tournament...There, the Tritons (0-3) will hook up with two consistent powers from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), Western Washington (Fri.) and Seattle Pacific (Sat.).

The Tritons, boasting a pre-season No. 8 ranking despite graduating three-time D-II All-American Chelsea Carlisle, faced No. 15 Gannon in Friday's Disney opener and fell, 69-58, largely due to 32% shooting from the floor, including just 5-of-21 from beyond the arc...The taller Lady Knights also out-rebounded UCSD, 38-25...On the positive side, VanDerveer's aggressive defense forced 26 turnovers and the senior backcourt duo of Daisy Feder and Emily Osga canned 19 and 16 points respectively, the latter also snaring a team high six boards.

No. 13 Grand Canyon was next on the agenda Saturday...The Tritons owned a three-point halftime advantage but couldn't sustain it, dropping a 64-62 decision...Feder got to the line 14 times, making 12 en route to 28 points but UCSD again had a sub-par shooting night, connecting at just a 34.5% clip from the field and 23.8% from three-point land...The Tritons, who created 19 more turnovers but were again beaten on the boards (43-32), led by nine midway through the first half and pushed it as high as seven in the second session before the Antelopes took control and hung on at the end.

In Sunday's tournament close out against a team VanDerveer called "the best here," UCSD once more played it close before coming up short, 61-58, vs. Simon Fraser...Shooting a much-improved 45.1% from the floor, the Tritons again led at the break (25-22) and the two teams battled throughout the second half, UCSD never leading by more than five...They were deadlocked at 54 after a Feder bucket with 2:21 to go but the Tritons were unable to finish the Clan off...Feder (16 pts.) and Osga (14) were again the offensive pacesetters...Both had a team high six caroms and Feder had a team best three assists...UCSD was able to win the rebound column (33-27) in this one but was minus-3 in the turnover department...SFU went undefeated in Anaheim.

ARENA INVITATIONAL FIRST BIG TEST FOR TRITON SWIMMERS
With their eyes on NCAA Division II Championship qualifying times, the UC San Diego Swimming teams will host the annual Arena Invitational this Thursday through Sunday at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach...The Tritons, under the direction of Coaches Corrie Falcon and Matt Macedo, will be the only non-Division I squad among the 22 (13 women/9 men) competing at the Arena meet...The high quality lineup will include the UCLA, Cal and Arizona State on the women's side and Stanford and Arizona in the men's field.

For the UCSD men, among the key individual performers will be former NCAA D-II breaststroke champ, junior Nick Korth, and NCAA veterans Dane Stassi, Julius Espiritu, Adam Yen, Alex Merrill, Reid McCallum and Jacob Lammott...Freshman Howie Chang and Paul Li are expected to have an impact in the distance freestyle events...For the women, the roster will feature freestyle specialists Anji Shakya and Beth Dong along with seasoned vets like Amber Tan, Katherine Tse and Olivia Fountain...Newcomers Naomi Thomas and Dari Watkins have already made strong impressions as well.

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 Head Basketball Coach Heidi VanDerveer, the hero of Saturday night's Women's Soccer victory, Jessica Wi and senior Tyler McGrath of the Men's Basketball squad who scored 33 pts. in Saturday's win over Fresno Pacific...Click here to listen to last week's Triton Talk show.

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 Timmer willing closed out the fall campaign by taking his Men's Tennis team to the 56th annual SoCal Intercollegiate Championships at UCLA...Best performances for the Tritons were turned in by senior Camill Salomon and sophomore Guy Giubilato who both reached the semi-finals of the Main Draw Back Draw before bowing out...Next action for Willing's squad will not be until Jan. 18 when they will face D-I San Diego State in an exhibition tilt.

It UCSD and San Diego State women's crews squaring off yesterday on Mission Bay's Ski Beach in the San Diego Fall Classic and first-year Head Coach Colin Truex's rowers performed admirably against their cross town rivals, the Triton "A" boat placing second to the Aztecs' "A" unit in a five boat lineup...The race ended the fall season for UCSD.

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