Fri., Nov. 23---WBasketball---UCSD hosts Thanksgiving Classic---5:00 & 7:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 24---WBasketball---UCSD hosts Thanksgiving Classic---5:00 & 7:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 24---MBasketball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM
ON TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER
For the second time in three years, Coach Brian McManus's Women's Soccer team will be heading to the NCAA Final Four...This time, the destination is Evans, GA after the fifth-ranked Tritons overcame a pair of overtime contests in Denver, CO to win the NCAA West Region and then the NCAA QuarterfInal last weekend...The Tritons, now 16-2-4 on the season, will face 2009 and 2010 champion and 2011 runner-up Grand Valley State (20-1-3) in the semi-finals on Nov. 29...Kick-off is at 2:00 PM (PST)...Defending champion St. Rose and West Florida will meet in the other semi-final and the NCAA Division II championship clash is set for Sunday, Dec. 1...UCSD, which has won seven NCAA titles and been to the Final Four 15 times in the 26-year McManus era, lost, 4-0, to Grand Valley State in the 2010 championship game.
UCSD reached the Quarterfinals with a 2-1 overtime triumph over No. 23 Western Washington...The Tritons, who out-shot the Vikings, 17-4, and earned eight corners while surrendering four, hit the scoreboard first as seniors Hayley Johnson and Ellen Wilson connected at 19:48...Johnson delivered a corner kick to the far post and Wilson did the rest, heading it into an open net for her third of the season...Less than 10 minutes later, WWU tied it up on a nifty cross cage drive by freshman Catherine Miles...It stayed 1-1 through regulation but the extra session didn't last long...Fifty-one seconds into OT, junior Izzy Pozurama got the ball wide to speedy senior Jessica Wi...Wi created some space and sent a cross that fellow senior Gabi Hernandez corralled inside the box and deposited for her ninth goal of the year...Freshman keeper Kelcie Brodsky rang up five saves.
It was extra time again Sunday as UCSD and Colorado School of Mines played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer before the Tritons emerged victorious in an eight-round penalty kick shootout...Brodsky made three stops in the PK series and senior Alexa Enlow finally finished it off, driving a waist high, left-footed cross to the right corner for the Quarterfinal winner.
WATER POLO STUNNED BY AIR FORCE IN WWPA TITLE TILT
The 10th-ranked Men's Water Polo team saw an otherwise outstanding season come to a disappointing conclusion Sunday with a loss to Air Force in the championship match of the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Tournament...The defeat saw the Tritons conclude the year with a 16-8 record, one step short of a second straight conference crown and trip to the NCAA Championships.
The Tritons' NCAA quest began Friday with a 13-6 first round WWPA win over eighth seed Whittier...The host Poets put up a battle early but with Harper's bench, scoring six goals on the day, UCSD's depth eventually wore them down...Senior co-captain John Butler and junior Josh Stiling posted three goals apiece with senior Chris Barton chipping in with a pair.
Saturday's semi-final match up was a tough, physical encounter but late goals from Stiling and Butler lifted the Tritons to an 11-9 victory after the Aggies had knotted it at nine with less than three minutes remaining in regulation...A Butler goal with 11 seconds left in the second period gave UCSD a 6-3 halftime edge before Davis battled back after the break...Two big third period goals by senior Brian Donohoe helped keep the Aggies at bay until the late heroics from Stiling and Butler...All three finished with two goals, as did senior Brian Roach, and sophomore goalie Cameron Ravanbach stopped 11 shots.
Sunday's match-up with Air Force was the fourth time the two teams had met this season with the Tritons prevailing in the first three...This one was nip-and-tuck all the way with the 13th-ranked and third-seeded Falcons pulling away late in the fourth period for a 9-7 victory...The two sides were tied 4-4 at intermission and Air Force took a 6-5 lead into the final eight minutes...The Falcons moved it to 7-5 early in the fourth...Stiling responded quickly to make it 7-6 but that's all the closer the Tritons would come...The day's two telling statistics were shooting percentage and man-up opportunities...Suffering from hitting a plethora of crossbars and posts, UCSD was just 6-of-36 on the afternoon and was able to draw just one ejection until the final seconds of play...Stiling and Donohoe netted two goals each for UCSD and Ravanbach, who was stellar early, racked up 10 saves...Butler and Donohoe won first team all-tournament accolades and Stilling was as second team selection.
Earlier in the week, six Tritons were named to the All-WWPA team with Stiling notching Player of the Year honors...Donohoe and Ravanbach joined Stiling on the first team while Butler was a second team choice, junior Luke Syka got honorable mention and Chase Cockerill was on the All-Freshman team.
Listen to Friday's post-game interview with Head Coach Denny Harper
Listen to Friday's post-game interview with junior Josh Stiling
Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Denny Harper
Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with senior John Butler
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Denny Harper
SPIKERS HAWAII BOUND FOR NCAA REGIONALS
Despite a late season slump, the body of work turned in by Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team earned it an eighth-seed in the NCAA West Regional which starts Thursday, Nov. 29 in Laie, HI...The Tritons (20-10) will face top seeded and fifth-ranked host BYU-Hawaii (21-3) in their 2012 NCAA debut with the winner squaring off against either Sonoma State or Western Washington...The Regional title match will be played Saturday, Dec. 1.
It looked like UCSD's post-season hopes might be in jeopardy after a stunning, 3-1 (25-17, 25-18, 14-25, 25-21) loss at Cal State East Bay Friday night...Although the Tritons out-hit the Pioneers (.144-.142) for the match, they hit a measly .074 in the three sets they dropped and passed at a relatively low .943 rate...Sophomore middle blocker Sara McCutchan accounted for 14 kills and freshman Danielle Dahle added 12...Another freshman, Sophie Rowe topped the squad with 22 digs.
Likely needing a win, not only to snap a three-match losing streak but to reach the NCAA Playoffs, Luyties' spikers responded with a gut-wrenching, 3-2 (26-24, 21-25, 25-13, 22-25, 15-9) triumph at Cal State Monterey Bay Saturday night...Sophomore setter Amber Hawthorne put up a triple double with 39 assists, 20 digs and a surprising 14 kills, not to mention an ace...She had plenty of help...Dahle (21 kills/20 digs/3 aces) and Rowe (12 kills/22 digs) both recorded double doubles and junior libero Brittany Lombardi had a whopping 42 digs, her second career best in the last three matches...In the decisive fifth set, the Tritons scored four of the first five points, pushed the lead to five at 8-3 and the Otters never got closer.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TO HOST HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
In its final prep for the opening of the CCAA season, Coach Heidi VanDerveer's Women's Basketball team will host the four-team Thanksgiving Classic this Friday and Saturday at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons, sitting 1-4 after an extremely challenging slate of season-opening games, will face Azusa Pacific and Tampa this weekend with conference foe Cal State San Bernardino squaring off with the same opponents on opposite nights...Three of UCSD's four defeats have come at the hands of teams ranked in the top 15 nationally and the other to a Simon Fraser squad that went undefeated at the Disney Tip-Off Classic and is now 4-1 overall.
Senior Daisy Feder erupted for 29 points and three other players scored in double figures as VanDerveer earned her first win at the helm, 86-67, over Seattle Pacific in Friday's WWU West Region Crossover Classic opener...The mercurial Feder knocked down seven threes, was 9-of-14 overall from the floor and grabbed four rebounds for good measure...On the night, UCSD hit a season best 54.5% of its field goal attempts, including a blazing 61.3% in a first half it won by 20 points...Defensively, the Tritons forced 19 turnovers and on the other end, senior Emily Osga netted 19 points (6-of-8) and four assists, sophomore point guard Miranda Seto had 14 markers and junior Erin Dautremont, in her first start of the season, finished with 12 points and a team high six rebounds.
Saturday night, No. 14 Western Washington used 62.5% second half shooting to break open a close game and down UCSD, 69-51...The Tritons trailed, 27-26, at the break but saw the Vikings go on a 29-8 binge to open the second half and essentially put the game out of reach...Feder had team highs of 14 points and six boards but over half of her points came at the charity stripe and the Tritons were a dismal 1-of-11 from outside the arc...Osga contributed 11 points.
MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS CONFERENCE AT SAN BERNARDINO
Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team (1-2) opens CCAA play on the road Saturday night at Cal State San Bernardino (0-1)...The Tritons, who were 6-16 in CCAA action a year ago, have been picked for 11th in the 12-team circuit this time around...CSUSB, meanwhile, wound up 13-9 in the 2011-12 CCAA race and was pegged for third in this year's pre-season poll...Saturday night's contest will be broadcast live on ESPN 1700 AM.
Carlson's cagers were done in by poor shooting and a minus-7 in the turnover department as a physical Grand Canyon club overcame a one-point halftime deficit to grab a 65-52 win at RIMAC Arena Saturday night...UCSD shot just 36% from the floor and saw the visiting Antelopes get to the free throw line 11 more times in the loss...Senior shooting guard Tyler McGrath paced the Tritons with 16 points and fellow senior Justin Brue had 12 but both made just 4-of-11 field goal tries...Brue's nine rebounds were also a team best.
Watch Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Chris Carlson
Read website Q&A with senior Tyler McGrath
SWIMMERS TURN UP BIG AT ARENA INVITATIONAL
Facing all Division I opponents, the Triton Swimming teams came away from last week's Arena Invitational in Long Beach with third (men) and ninth (women) place finishes...Additionally, UCSD swimmers won three individual titles and set four school records in the process...On the men's side, the Tritons piled up 768 points which left them behind only Stanford and Hawaii in the 10-team field...The women accumulated 348 points in a race won by UC Berkeley over 12 other competing squads.
Junior Nick Korth and sophomore Dane Stassi were the standouts for the Triton men...Korth won both breaststroke events, clocking 54.21 in the 100 and 1:58.18 in the 200...He was also sixth in the 200 IM (1:49.57)...Stassi, after posting just the eighth fastest prelim mark, dropped nearly three seconds in the 200 butterfly final to win in a school record time of 1:45.65...He also registered a new UCSD standard while finishing fifth in the 100 butterfly (48.13) and placed eighth in the 50 freestyle (20.84)...Other Tritons reaching championship finals were Reid McCallum (50 freestyle/3rd/20.42), Paul Li (500 freestyle/6th/4:28.97), Jeremy Smith (500 freestyle/8th/4:34.52), Jacob Lammott (100 breaststroke/8th/56.34 & 200 breaststroke/6th/2:01.02) and Alex Moshensky (200 backstroke/8th/1:51.09)...UCSD's best relay finishes were a pair of thirds in the 400 medley (3:19.00) and 800 freestyle (6:38.84).
In the women's division, seniors Beth Dong and Olivia Fountain both established new UCSD records...Dong, who had a great overall meet, placed sixth in the 400 individual medley, touching in 4:18.01 to erase the mark set by Alex Henley...She nearly broke a second, hitting the wall in 16:57.77 while exhibitioning in the 1,650 freestyle, just ticks short of Sophie Levy's 2006 best...Fountain, meanwhile, blazed to a 54.95 in the 100 butterfly to grab her first school mark, topping the existing record set by sophomore teammate Jaclyn Amog...The women reached the finals in three of the five relay events.
Listen to Thursday's post-meet comments from senior Beth Dong
Listen to Thursday's post-meet comments from junior Reid McCallum
NEWS & NOTES
In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten will not be heard this week...The show will resume its regular schedule a week from Wednesday.
Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team turned in an encouraging performance at Saturday's UC Irvine fall tournament in action against Cal Baptist, Cal State Northridge and Loyola Marymount...The third-year head coach lauded the dominant two-meter play of junior Melissa Bartow and the swift adjustment in the cage of freshman goalie Courtney Miller.
Coach Heidi Runyan watched both her men's and women's Fencing outfits go undefeated at Sunday's Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) Mega Meet at UC Irvine...Both squads came away with lopsided wins over USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Arizona State, Claremont and Caltech.
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.
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