UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (January 28, 2013)
Release: Friday 01/27/2013 
by UCSD
Danny Susdorf and the Triton Baseball team open the 2013 season at home Friday night.
Danny Susdorf and the Triton Baseball team open...
Courtesy: Andy Wilhelm
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Wed., Jan. 30---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Princeton---5:00 PM

Fri., Feb. 1---Softball---UCSD vs. Western Oregon (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 1---MTennis---UCSD vs. Azusa Pacific---4:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 1---WBasketball---UCSD at CSU Dominguez Hills---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 1---Baseball---UCSD vs. Colorado Mesa---6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 1---MVolleyball---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 1---MBasketball---UCSD at CSU Dominguez Hills---7:30 PM

Sat., Feb. 2---Fencing---UCSD at Northwestern Invitational---8:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 2---MTennis---UCSD at USD---9:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 2---WTennis---UCSD vs. Azusa Pacific---10:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 2---Swim/Dive---UCSD vs. USD---Noon
Sat., Feb. 2---Softball---UCSD vs. Western Oregon (DH)---Noon
Sat., Feb. 2---Baseball---UCSD vs. Colorado Mesa---2:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 2---WBasketball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 2---MVolleyball---UCSD at UCLA---7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 2---MBasketball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---7:30 PM

Sun., Feb. 3---Fencing---UCSD at Northwestern Invitational---8:00 AM
Sun., Feb. 3---Baseball---UCSD vs. Colorado Mesa---Noon


TRITON CAGERS LOOK TO END ROAD STRING ON HIGH NOTE
Following a NorCal split which leaves it with a 3-1 road mark over the last two weeks and five wins in the last seven outings, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team plays the final stretch of six consecutive games away from RIMAC Arena this weekend with stops at Cal State Dominguez Hills (10-9/6-6) and Cal State L.A. (10-6/7-5)...The Tritons, now 6-9 overall and 5-7 in CCAA play, enter the week seventh in the conference standings...CSUDH and CSULA, which both narrowly downed UCSD in La Jolla earlier this year, occupy sixth and third (tie) on the league table respectively.

Last Friday in San Francisco, host San Francisco State's 52% shooting from the floor (60.9% in the second half) and a 35-22 edge on the glass proved insurmountable as the Tritons dropped a 70-55 decision...The Gators' margin was just two at the break, but a steady surge opened it up to 10 in the first eight minutes of the second  half...The home team had a late run that upped the gap to 20 and then eased to the buzzer...Senior Tyler McGrath was the top point-getter for UCSD with 15 and grabbed five rebounds to match freshman Drew Dyer for a team high...Freshman Hunter Walker had his best performance of the season, netting 13 points and two assists.

It was a bounce back Saturday 24 hours later in Rohnert Park as the Tritons shut down Sonoma State, 85-65...McGrath's 32-point barrage led a parade of four players in double figures as UCSD posted its widest victory margin of the season...The storyline was opposite of the previous evening as Carlson's cagers were eight points ahead at the halfway point, hit a blistering 54% from beyond the arc and beat the Seawolves on the glass, 29-23...McGrath, who sank 12-of-15, including six treys, got plenty of help as Dyer poured in 19 points, senior James McCann scored 12 and dished out a career high nine assists and senior Justin Brue registered 12 and nine boards...The UCSD defense forced 16 Sonoma State turnovers.

Both of this week's contests can be heard live on ESPN 1700 AM with Jack Cronin calling the action.

W-BASKETBALL KEEPS ROLLING; HOLDS SECOND IN LEAGUE RACE
Now victorious in six of its last seven games, Coach Heidi VanDerveer's Women's Basketball team closes out a six-game road trip Friday at Cal State Dominguez Hills (6-10/5-7) and Saturday at Cal State L.A. (14-5/9-3)...The Tritons, boasting an 11-8 mark (9-3 in CCAA play) are tied with Cal State L.A. for second place in the conference, one game behind Chico State...They swept these two foes at home, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

Friday night in the City by the Bay, a 20-pt., seven rebound effort by junior Erin Dautremont helped the Tritons overcome a poor shooting performance and carried them to a 53-51 victory over host San Francisco State...Dautremont canned nine of her 13 attempts from the field which was fortunate since all of her teammates combined for a 23% success rate...UCSD led by nine early, 11-2, but the Gators rebounded to take a one-point lead into the locker room at the break...VanDerveer's club came out strong to grab control at the start the second half and was still up by seven with just 2:38 remaining...SFSU wouldn't go away, however, pulling to within two at the 0:47 mark...The Gators got the ball back with 17 ticks left and the Tritons were able to hang on thanks to a pair of missed free throws with five seconds to go and two subsequent put backs that went awry...Senior Daisy Feder chipped in with 15 points, 11 coming at the free throw line...Feder and fellow senior Emily Osga matched Dautremont's seven caroms and the former handed out five assists.

The good times continued Saturday for Dautremont, who racked up 16 points and eight rebounds in a 62-45 UCSD romp over Sonoma State...Trailing, 29-22, at halftime, the Tritons finally found the range after intermission, shooting 54.2% from the field and using a 16-4 run to take control at the start of the second half...UCSD held Sonoma State to a meager 32% shooting on the night and was a dominant plus-14 on the glass...Feder (12 pts.) and soph McKennan Bertsch (10) both reached double figures in the scoring column and point guard Miranda Seto had an interesting line that included six points, a game high nine rebounds, two assists and three steals.

SOFTBALL MAKES 2013 DEBUT AT HOME FRIDAY
Coming off NCAA Championship (2011) and runner-up (2012) seasons, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team opens a "new look" 2013 campaign Friday with the first two of a four-game home set with regional rival Western Oregon...The Tritons, 45-23 last season, have been tabbed for fourth in the CCAA race in a poll of conference coaches.

Gerckens has 12 returning players in her stable including three juniors---catcher Caitlin Brown, shortstop Mya Romero and outfielder Kirsten Willmon---who were All-CCAA picks in 2012...Other starters back in the fold are Emily McQuaid, Nicole Spangler, Monique Portugal and Maria Sykes who all had 50 or more starts last spring...The biggest question is who will replace departed All-Americans Camille Gaito, UCSD's all-time winningest pitcher, and centerfielder Kris Lesovsky, the Tritons' career leader in batting average, hits, runs, RBIs and walks.

BASEBALL TEAM OPENS '13 WITH THREE-GAME HOME SERIES
No. 20 Colorado Mesa will provide the opposition when the Baseball team opens its second season under Head Coach Eric Newman this weekend at Triton Ballpark...The two teams will play single games Friday, Saturday and Sunday...UCSD posted a 33-24 record in 2012 and claimed fourth consecutive CCAA regular season and tournament titles as Newman earned CCAA Coach of the Year accolades.

The everyday lineup will feature his top three hitters from a year ago---outfielder Danny Susdorf (.393), shortstop Garrett Tuck (.362) and first baseman Richard Seigel (.296)---as well as catcher/DH Nick LaFace who topped the club in HRs (5) and RBIs (40)...Outfielders Justin Rahn and Scott Liske, infielders Sam Michaels and Spencer Frazier as well as Brett Levy all had 38 or more starts...Starters Ryan Goodbrand (11-0) and Trevor Scott are back to head up the mound corps...Susdorf, Tuck, Goodbrand, Frazier, Rahn and Seigel earned All-CCAA honors in 2012 and Susdorf and Goodbrand got All-American recognition.

In exhibition action last week, UCSD fell, 6-5, in extra innings to Concordia and defeated Cal State San Marcos, 7-3...The Tritons host Vanguard Tuesday in a final pre-season prep.

       

SPIKERS LOOK TO FIND WIN COLUMN VS. PRINCETON
Trying to rebound from a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) home losses last weekend, the 12th-ranked Men's Volleyball team hosts Princeton in a non-conference tussle Wednesday night before renewing MPSF hostilities on the road at UC Santa Barbara (3-5/1-4) and UCLA (6-4/2-2)...The Tritons will bring a 3-6 mark into Wednesday's tilt and have slipped to 2-4 and 11th in the MPSF standings after the two defeats.

Late game lapses led to a 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-20) defeat vs. No. 9 Cal State Northridge last Friday night at RIMAC Arena...Ring's squad had a firm grasp on each of the first two sets, only to see them slip away in clutch time...The loss wasted an outstanding performance by middle blocker Sebastian Brady...The 6-5 junior had eight kills and a block while converting at an .800 clip...Senior Carl Eberts was the Triton kill leader with 12 (.250).

After a lackluster pair of opening sets, the Tritons hit a blistering .591 in winning the third Saturday night against No. 7 Long Beach State but were unable to extend their good fortune, winding up on the short end of a 3-1 (25-17, 25-17, 17-25, 25-20) verdict...Junior birthday boy Vaun Lennon topped UCSD with 11 kills and super-sub Nick Iorfino knocked down 10 off the bench...Junior setter Mike Brunsting distributed 27 assists in relief of starter Garrett Dempsey and senior libero Chase Frishman, who recorded his 500t career dig the previous night, led all players with 11 in that category...On the night, the 49ers outhit  (.364-.277) and out-blocked (12.5-4.5) the Tritons.

Watch Friday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Kevin Ring.
Watch Saturday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Kevin Ring.

SWIM/DIVE SPLITS WITH CAL POLY; USD (W) HERE SATURDAY
On the heels of a dual meet split last weekend in San Luis Obispo, the Swimming & Diving will host its final home event of the year Saturday, a women only match-up with crosstown rival USD...For the Triton women, ranked third nationally, it will be a final tune-up for the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) Championships...That event, where both the UCSD men and women are four-time defending champions, will again be held at Splash! in La Mirada, Feb. 13-16.

Last Saturday, the Triton men, riding the momentum from individual double winners Dane Stassi, Nick Korth and Tyler Runsten, smacked D-I Cal Poly, 179-115, while the women were defeated by the Mustangs, 185-115, despite a pair of wins by junior Anji Shakya...Stassi, a sophomore, won all four events he entered, the 100 (50.79) and 200 (1:50.97) butterfly, as well as two relays...Junior Korth captured the 100 (55.47) and 200 (2:02.73) breaststroke and was second in the 200 IM (1:52.30)...Runsten, a senior already qualified for his fourth consecutive NCAA Championship berth, out-pointed the field in the one (256.72 pts.) and three-meter (283.95) diving competition...Among other individual event winners for the men were junior Alex Merrill (200 freestyle/1:42.03), freshman Michael Leung (100 backstroke/51.76) and junior Jack Galvan (100 freestyle/47.13).

Shakya was first to the wall in the 200 (1:51.63) and 500 (4:59.70) freestyle...Senior Amber Tan logged UCSD's only other individual event win, clocking 24.17 in the 50 freestyle...Shakya and Tan teamed up with Olivia Fountain and Summer Bennett to close the day up with a win in the 200 freestyle relay (1:35.95).

POLO CHALKS UP THREE VICTORIES AT OPENING TOURNEY
Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's 19th-ranked Women's Water Polo team piled up 53 goals while going 3-1 in last weekend's season-opening UCSB Winter Invitational in Santa Barbara...The Tritons will now take a week off in preparation for the 16-team Triton Invitational, Feb. 9-10, at Canyonview Pool.

Junior Sarah Lizotte and freshmen Julia Kirland and Alexis Weiseler all notched three-goal hat tricks as UCSD used five-goal outbursts in the second and fourth quarters to subdue WWPA rival Santa Clara, 16-8, in Saturday morning's season opener in Santa Barbara...Another freshman, goalie Courtney Miller, turned away 10 shots as the Tritons shut out the Broncos in the final stanza to salt away the triumph...Lizotte, who set a UCSD single season goals record in 2012, netted four in Saturday's second clash but it was not enough to keep No. 17 Cal State Northridge from dropping the Tritons, 13-6...The Matadors out-scored UCSD, 8-4, in the second half to break open a close contest as the Tritons were just 1-for-8 in man-up situations.

Lizotte erupted for six goals Sunday morning as Kreutzkamp's crew throttled Sonoma State, 11-6...The Riverside native also chalked up two assists and two steals in a contest that saw the Tritons fall behind, 3-0, before out-scoring the Seawolves, 9-2 in the second and third periods...Miller stopped eight more shots in the cage...UCSD closed out the tournament with a 20-12 thrashing of Claremont as 10 different players hit the scoring column, led by junior Melissa Bartow with four...Sophomore Jolene Guilana and freshman Lauren Finwall each tallied three.

WILLING, MEN'S TENNIS OPEN VS. AZUSA PACIFIC FRIDAY
The Timmer Willing era officially opens for the Men's Tennis team Friday afternoon when the Tritons take on Azusa Pacific on UCSD's North Courts...After 11 years as a UCSD assistant coach, Willing stepped in for Eric Steidlmayer who took the head coaching reins at UC Davis after at 14-year run in La Jolla...The Tritons will play across town Saturday against D-I USD.

Willing's first outfit will include a pair of key returnees, junior Max Giganti and sophomore Kona Luu as well as highly-regarded senior transfer Camill Salomon from Virginia Commonwealth.

SATURDAY HOME START SET FOR WOMEN'S TENNIS
Coach Liz LaPlante starts her 34th year at the helm of the Women's Tennis team Saturday morning when the Tritons tangle with Azusa Pacific on the North Courts...Senior Melissa Breisacher, who played all of 2012 in the No. 1 singles slot, highlights the UCSD veterans...She's joined by sophomore Melinda Chu who occupied the No. 2 singles position  and junior Tara Vanooteghem who moved between three and five on the singles ladder...Also back are senior Jacquelyn Davis and sophomore Laura Wilke.

NORTHWESTERN INVITE NEXT AFTER FENCERS ROUT IFCSC FOES
After crushing conference competition at home last Saturday, Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team will test some of the best in the nation this weekend at the annual Northwestern Invitational in Evanston, IL...In addition to the host school, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and Princeton, top 10 teams all, will be in the high caliber field.

Over the weekend, both the Triton men and women re-asserted t heir dominance over IFCSC rivals, easily handling Arizona State, UC Irvine and Cal Tech...On the men's side, the Tritons defeated ASU (24-3), UC Irvine (24-3) and Caltech (25-2)...They were particularly impressive in saber, winning all 27 bouts...The women were even more dominant, downing ASU (24-3), UC Irvine (27-0) and Caltech (26-1)...They posted a perfect record in foil.

Listen to post-meet comments from senior Lexi Stanley.
Listen to post-meet comments from freshman Eduard Zilinskiy.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with head coaches Heidi VanDerveer (women's basketball) and Patti Gerckens (softball) as well as student-athletes Danny Susdorf (baseball) and Colin Porter (men's basketball)...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

The third annual Leon T. Roach Vault-a-thon will be held Saturday at the Track & Field Stadium...The event, a fund-raiser in memory of former UCSD pole vaulter Leon T. Roach III, will bring together vaulters of all ages and talent levels...Participants can register the day of the event at the UCSD Track & Field Stadium.

Visitors to UCSD home athletic events this spring will notice two new scoreboards gracing the facilities...A brand new Daktronics video board, named for former student-athletes Shannon Quigley-Running Bear and Leon T. Roach III, will be on display at the Track & Field Stadium...The board will make a "soft" debut at this weekend's vault-a-thon and get its first full-fledged test a week later at the annual Blue-Gold alumni meet...Meanwhile, a rehabbed, upgraded baseball scoreboard will be in use at Triton Ballpark, thanks to the generosity of local D-I neighbor USD which is replacing its scoreboard as part of a complete facility overhaul.

For the latest in Triton athletic gear, make sure to visit ucsdtritonsgear.com...Run by UCSD Athletics' new online partner Advanced-Online, ucsdtritonsgear.com provides a web-based, on-demand option for Triton Athletic apparel and merchandise...Fans have access to over 600 products which can be produced and shipped in 24 hours...
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The Women's Soccer team, which finished second to West Florida in November's NCAA D-II Championships in Georgia, will be recognized Friday, Feb. 1 at the San Diego Sockers home game vs. the Dallas Sidekicks at Valley View Casino Arena...Kickoff is slated for 7:35 PM...As part of UCSD Night, the team will be introduced on the field at halftime.

As part of UCSD Athletics' ongoing dining hall promotions, swimmers Sandy Hon, Lindsey Oosterhouse and Cole Heale will be serving dinner Thursday night at Ocean View Terrace and Luke Mitchell, Erika Rodman and Colleen Daly will be at Canyon Vista...Both appearances will run from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

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