Mon., Mar. 11---Golf---UCSD hosts SoCal Intercollegiate---All Day
Tue., Mar. 12---Golf---UCSD hosts SoCal Intercollegiate---All Day
Tue., Mar. 12---MTennis---UCSD vs. West Florida---2:00 PM
Tue., Mar. 12---WTennis---UCSD vs. West Florida---2:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 14---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State LA---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 15-Mon., Mar. 18---WBasketball---UCSD at NCAA Regionals---TBA
Fri., Mar. 15-Sat., Mar. 16---Track & Field---UCSD at Aztec Invitational---10:00 AM
Fri., Mar. 15---MCrew---UCSD vs. Gonzaga/San Diego---8:00 AM
Fri., Mar. 15---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 15---Track & Field---UCSD at Occidental Distance Carnival---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 15---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State LA---6:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 15---MVolleyball---UCSD at Pepperdine---7:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 16---WCrew---UCSD at Sacramento State Invitational---7:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 16---WWater Polo---UCSD at Aztec Invitational (DH)---9:15 AM
Sat., Mar. 16---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---12:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 16---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State LA (DH)---12:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 16---MVolleyball---UCSD at USC---7:00 PM
Sun., Mar. 17---WWater Polo---UCSD at Aztec Invitational (DH)---8:00 AM
TRITON CAGERS WIN CCAA TOURNEY TITLE, NCAA TOURNEY SLOT
It's on to the NCAA Tournament for first-year Head Coach Heidi VanDerveer's Women's Basketball team which won its first-ever CCAA Tournament title Saturday night in Ontario...The Tritons (22-10) travel to Bellingham, WA where top-seed Western Washington will host the eight-team NCAA West Regional this Saturday through next Tuesday...UCSD, which earned the third seed will square off at noon Saturday against Grand Canyon (22-8) in the first round with the winner moving on to play the winner of the Northwest Nazarene-Simon Fraser match-up Monday...The championship game is Tuesday at 6:00 PM with the winner moving on to the NCAA Elite Eight, March27-30 in San Antonio...UCSD lost by two to Grand Canyon in its second game of the season at the Disney Classic in Anaheim.
The Tritons started their conference tournament quest at home Tuesday night, overcoming a shaky first half to thump Cal State San Bernardino, 55-46...Trailing by as much as eight in the first half, UCSD went into the locker room at half down by just two and methodically took over, pushing their lead up to 17 in the second half before cruising to the buzzer...Senior Daisy Feder, named CCAA regular season MVP earlier in the week, posted big numbers, scoring 19 points, hauling down a career high 16 rebounds and doling out three assists...Fellow senior Emily Osga chipped in the 10 points...UCSD hit 38.9% from the field while limiting the Coyotes to a meager 29.7%...VanDerveer's club also beat CSUSB on the glass, 45-36.
Playing one of its best games in recent weeks, UCSD led nearly every step of the way in a 67-57 conquest of Cal State Monterey Bay in Friday's tournament semi-final at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario...Junior Erin Dautremont, later named Tournament MVP, scorched the Otters for a career high 28 pts. (10-of-19), while senior Daisy Feder registered 23 points and seven rebounds...The Tritons drained 46.2% of their threes and 43.1% overall...On the boards, where Emily Osga and Megan Perry both matched Feder's seven rebounds, UCSD was plus-4...The Tritons tallied the game's first five points, were up, 30-21, at the break and Monterey Bay never got within single digits after Dautremont scored 29 seconds into the second half.
In Saturday night's title tilt, UCSD bounced back from a nine-point first half deficit to down Cal State L.A., 66-61...After shaving the lead to four at intermission, the Tritons finally took the lead for good on a Feder trey with 5:02 remaining in the game...Feder finished with 22 points while Dautremont chalked up her sixth double double of the year getting 14 pts. and a career high 14 caroms...Osga chipped in with 10 pts. and six rebounds...The Golden Eagles built their lead while shooting 46.2% in the first 20 minutes but the Triton defense cooled them off to a more pedestrian 31.3% in the second half.
Listen to Tuesday's post-game interview with senior Daisy Feder.
SWIM/DIVE TEAMS GRAB THIRD, SEVENTH; SHAKYA, STASSI NCAA CHAMPS
Registering two individual national championships, four new school records and a plethora of all-time bests, the Swimming & Diving teams turned in another standout performance at the 2013 NCAA Division II Championships last week in Birmingham, AL...The Triton women scored 313 pts. to finish third for the ffith consecutive year while the men dropped to seventh (237 pts.) after back-to-back second place finishes. Drury copped team championships on both sides.
Highlighting the meet were victories by junior Anji Shakya and sophomore Dane Stassi...Shakya broke her own school mark, touching the wall at 1:47.95, going wire-to-wire, in the 200 freestyle...Stassi did the same, exploding in the third 50 to run away with the 200 butterfly in 1:45.12...Junior Nick Korth accounted for the remaining two school standards, lowering his own marks while placing ninth in the 100 breaststroke (53.08) and second in the 200 breaststroke (1:54.61)...Korth, the 2011 champion in the latter race, turned in a sub-par performance in the prelims and wound up in the consolation finals of the 100 where he clocked a time that would have put him third in the main event...His second place effort in the 200 was one of the most scintillating races of the meet as he came within inches of running down Grand Canyon's 100 breaststroke champ Eetu Karvonen.
Shakya was also third in the 100 freestyle (50.58) and fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:51.89)...Other finalists for the women were senior Beth Dong (5th/400 individual medley/4:22.14), the trio of Olivia Fountain (T4/55.35), Jaclyn Amog (T4/55.35) and Naomi Thomas (6th/55.41) in the 100 butterfly and freshmen Thomas (3rd/2:01.31) and Dari Watkins (6th/2:02.52) in the 200 butterfly...The women were top eight in four of the five relay events, the best result being third in the meet's final race, the 400 freestyle relay (3:24.61) where Shakya anchored a foursome that included Fountain, Katherine Tse and Colleen Daley.
For the men, Stassi was also seventh in the 100 butterfly (48.27) while Korth notched sixth in the 200 individual medley, reaching home in 1:47.34, the second best all-time mark at UCSD...Also garnering All-American status (top eight) were freshman Paul Li in the 400 individual medley (7th/3:56.34), senior diver Tyler Runsten (4th/3M board/526.90 pts.) and senior Jeremy Smith (6th/500 freestyle/4:29.86)...The Triton men were finalists in two of the three relay events they swam, taking eighth in both the 400 (3:17.03) and 200 (1:28.83) medley relays.
Watch Thursday's post-meet interviews with Head Coach Matt Macedo and junior Anji Shakya.
Watch Friday's post-meet interviews with Head Coach Corrie Falcon and sophomore Dane Stassi.
Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with Head Coach Matt Macedo.
M-BASKETBALL SEASON ENDS IN TRIPLE OVERTIME THRILLER
The 2012-13 season came to a close in heartbreaking fashion last Tuesday night for the Men's Basketball team as Coach Chris Carlson's outfit came up short in a 102-99 triple overtime affair in the first round of the CCAA Championship Tournament at Cal State San Bernardino...The loss left the Tritons with an 11-15 season ledger.
In its first CCAA tourney appearance since 2009, UCSD found itself facing a six-point deficit at halftime but reversed things in the second half and had a five-point edge with 1:30 remaining in regulation...The Coyotes surged back into the lead but a James McCann free throw made it 70-70 at the end of the second half...San Bernardino appeared to have it won in the first OT but freshman Hunter Walker nailed a three-pointer with six seconds on the clock to force a second extra session...The Tritons were on top for most of overtime No. 2 but San Bernardino knotted things with 1:09 remaining and a Walker game-winning try missed the mark with two ticks on the clock...The Coyotes took control early in the final OT but a McCann trey pulled UCSD to within one with 11 seconds to go but that's all the closer the Tritons would get.
Carlson's squad hit a sterling 50% from the field and out-rebounded the bigger home team, 48-40...McCann and senior Justin Brue both recorded double doubles...McCann netted 27 points and dished out 11 assists while Brue, whose double double in his last collegiate game was his fourth straight, canned 22 points and snagged 14 rebounds...Also reaching double digits in the scoring column were freshman Drew Dyer (16) and senior Ryan Peters (12).
SOFTBALL FORGES INTO FIRST PLACE; DOMINGUEZ HILLS ON TAP
Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team, with wins in six of its past seven outings has moved into a first place tie with Sonoma State atop the CCAA table and now goes to Carson for a crucial series this weekend against fourth place Cal State Dominguez Hills (15-7/7-5)...The Tritons, coming off a 3-1 trip to Cal State East Bay, bring a 15-11 overall mark and an 11-5 conference ledger into the four-game set with the Toros.
Behind the two-hit, seven-strikeout complete game shutout pitching of freshman Alexis Edwards, UCSD stopped Cal State East Bay, 1-0, in last Friday's series opener...Edwards garnered her first collegiate win, allowing just four baserunners while outdueling the Pioneers' Lauren Zweigle...The Tritons, who got six hits off Zweigle, scored the game's only run in the third...Junior shortstop Mya Romero started things off with a double, was sacrificed to third by Taylor Sepulveda and came home on freshman Amani Proctor's sacrifice fly...Romero, Emily McQuaid and Nicole Spangler banged out two hits each...There was no such drama in game two as UCSD scored three first inning runs en route to a 12-0 shellacking...Sophomore second baseman Maria Sykes collected three hits but the biggest bat belonged to junior first sacker Caitlin Brown who smacked a two-run home run, her fourth of the campaign, in the first, drove in four for the game and scored twice...McQuaid, Spangler and freshman Callie Grant also had two hits...Senior left fielder Dyanna Imoto had just one but drove in three runs and scored a pair...Junior right hander Jenn Manuel got the benefit of the offensive largesse, turning in four innings of work and notching her fourth win without a loss.
In game one Saturday, Zweigle turned the tables on Edwards and the Tritons, getting the upper hand in another pitching battle, 2-1...UCSD out-hit East Bay, 5-3, but the Pioneers got the key blow, a sixth inning solo homer by Sara Holdridge that proved to be the game-winner...Spangler continued her hot hitting, with two singles, but UCSD left nine runners stranded and sophomore Kayla Hensel absorbed the loss out of the bullpen...The Tritons unleashed the offense again in the series finale, clubbing East Bay, 11-2...The bottom four spots in Gerckens' order---Romero, Sykes, Kirsten Willmon and Sepulveda---combined for eight of UCSD's 10 hits as well as five runs and five RBIs...Brown had just one knock, but again it was a big one, her fifth homer, a three-run first inning blast that put the Tritons in control from the outset...Manuel and senior Michelle Escamilla split the chores in the circle with the latter grabbing her second victory of 2013.
BASEBALL FACES CCAA-LEADING CAL STATE L.A. IN FOUR-GAME SERIES
Battling to get back into the thick of the race for a CCAA Tournament berth, Coach Eric Newman's Baseball team faces a tall task this week in the form of a four-game home-and-home series with CCAA-leading Cal State L.A. (15-8/13-3)...The two clubs will tangle in a pair of single games in Los Angeles Thursday and Friday before returning to La Jolla for a Saturday doubleheader...The Tritons come into the series 12-11 overall and 7-9 in conference play after dropping three-of-four at Sonoma State last weekend...Newman's squad is now seventh in the CCAA standings but just three games out of third.
The Sonoma State series got off to an ominous start last Friday as senior ace Ryan Goodbrand, cruising with a 1-0 lead through five two-hit shutout innings, was rocked for five in the sixth and that's how it ended, a 5-1 Seawolf victory...UCSD mustered only three hits, two by first baseman Richard Seigel, who also drove in the team's lone run.
Saturday, the Tritons lost both ends of a doubleheader, game one going to Sonoma, 5-4, in 10 innings with freshman Troy Cruz, UCSD's seventh hurler getting tagged with the loss after putting in two-plus innings of work...On the wrong side of a 4-2 score in the eighth, the Tritons rallied to tie it with back-to-back leadoff walks drawn by seniors Danny Susdorf and Seigel keying a two-run inning...UCSD had seven hits with Susdorf getting a single and two walks...Justin Rahn started on the mound and stayed in the game as DH, driving in one of the two eighth inning runs...Junior Nick LaFace had three of UCSD's six hits in the nightcap, clubbing a double, a home run and plating both Triton runs but it was not enough as Sonoma State made it three straight in a 5-2 outcome...UCSD was up, 2-1, through four and a half but the Seawolves struck for one in the fifth and three more in the sixth to hang Dan Kolodin with the loss.
The Tritons got a much-needed, 11-3 triumph, snapping their three-game losing streak in the series finale Sunday...After spotting SSU a 2-1 advantage early, UCSD erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning to take charge...Starter Blake Fassler went six frames, surrendering just one earned run to win his third of the year...This time there was plenty of offense as Newman's charges racked up 13 hits, three of the extra base variety...Susdorf had three of the hits, driving in two, scoring one and stealing his 17th base...Four others had two hits, including Seigel, who cracked his fifth homer, a three-run job, in the decisive fourth...Right fielder Corbin Wirta also had a pair of knocks, scored twice and drove in two.
M-VOLLEYBALL LOOKS TO GET BACK ON TRACK VS. PEPPERDINE, USC
Trying to put the clamps on a four-match losing streak, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team (6-15) continues its road stretch at No. 5 Pepperdine (10-6) and No. 13 USC (4-11) this
Friday and Saturday...Earlier in the season, UCSD fell in three at home to Pepperdine one night after thrashing USC in straight sets.
Last Wednesday, No. 3 Long Beach State hit a monstrous .507 and knocked off the Tritons, 3-0 (25-15, 28-26, 25-20) at the Pyramid in Long Beach...The 49ers also dominated the net, out-blocking UCSD, 10-3...Sophomore Nick Iorfino had 11 kills for the Tritons.
Things were no better 24 hours later as No. 7 Cal State Northridge swept past Ring's squad, 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-21)...The Matadors also posted commanding hitting numbers (.301-.110) but the Tritons, paced by middle blocker Fred Stahl's five block assists, had an 11.5-4 advantage in the blocking column....Iorfino once more toped UCSD with 11 kills.
AZTEC INVITATIONAL NEXT UP FOR WOMEN'S WATER POLO
After rolling past four Division II opponents at last weekend's Claremont Convergence tournament, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's 17th-ranked unit will take a step up on the competitive ladder at this weekend's Aztec Invitational, facing No. 15 Cal State Northridge (9:15 AM) and No. 13 UC Davis (2:15 PM) Saturday and No. 11 Indiana (8:00 AM) and Bucknell (1:45 PM) Sunday...The Tritons start the Aztec tourney with a 10-8 record...They are winless in the three previous meetings with CSUN and lost a one-goal decision in an earlier meeting with UC Davis...It will be the first time they've hooked up with Indiana and Bucknell this season.
At the Claremont event, UCSD outscored its four foes by a combined 63-17, knocking off Whittier, 17-3, Cal Lutheran, 14-5, Chapman, 15-1, and Claremont, 17-8...The top three goal scorers for the Tritons on the weekend were junior Sarah Lizotte (13), last week's WWPA Player of the Week freshman Alexis Wieseler (9) and junior Leah Gonzales (7).
MEN FIRST, WOMEN SECOND IN SD TRACK & FIELD CHALLENGE
The UCSD men emerged at the top of the heap and the women were second at the annual San Diego Collegiate Challenge, held last Saturday at Triton Track & Field Stadium...The UCSD men, winning eight of 18 events, scored 213 points, out-distancing runner-up Cal State San Marcos by 94...Division I San Diego State claimed the women's crown, narrowly out-pointing the Tritons, 208-197.
In the men's division, the Tritons dominated the throws, getting top of the podium performances from seniors Zach Nagengast (discus/166-8), A.B. Shaheen(hammer/184-0) and Ryan Eckert (shot put/51-1.5) and sophomore Nash Howe (javelin/212-4)...Howe's heave put him No. 2 on the school's all-time list...Other winners included juniors Benjamin Berthet and Clint Rosser who both cleared 15-11 to tie for first in the pole vault, junior Kellen Levy (1500/3:57.43), sophomore sprinter Keith Rose (200/21.75) and freshman Sean Cook who leaped 22-4.5 to take the long jump.
The Triton women turned in five first place efforts...Sophomore Chantia Justice (39-5.75) and freshman Kristin Sato (18-3.75) bested the triple and long jump fields respectively...Junior Lorato Anderson clocked 2:17.14 to finish first in the 800 while junior Lauren Irish (400 hurdles/63.62) and freshman Marie Diaz (3000/10:13.74) rounded out UCSD's winners.
This weekend, Head Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will split the squad, with the bulk of the roster competing crosstown at the Aztec Invitational while the distance group heads to Eagle Rock for the Occidental Distance Carnival.
Watch Saturday's post-meet interview with Head Coach Tony Salerno.
TOUGH WEST FLORIDA TESTS MEN'S TENNIS HERE TUESDAY
Coach Timmer Willing's Men's Tennis team closes out a string of five consecutive home matches Tuesday when it hosts second-ranked West Florida on UCSD's North Courts...The No. 28 Tritons dropped three of the first four last week, falling to Rollins (6-3), Hawaii Pacific (5-0) and Fresno Pacific (5-4) and steamrollering Sonoma State (9-0)...In the latter encounter, Camill Salomon-Devon Sousa, Max Jiganti-Kona Luu and Rajeev Herekar-Teddy Truong posted doubles victories and in ladder order, Salomon, Jiganti, Herekar, Truong, Horea Porutiu and Guy Giubilato brushed aside the Seawolves without dropping a set in singles...The Tritons nearly picked off Fresno Pacific, grabbing a 2-1 lead after doubles and getting singles triumphs from Jiganti at No. 2 and Ganesh Alagappan at No. 4...But they fell just short in gut-wrenching three-setters featuring Luu at No. 5 and Truong at No. 6.
NO. 27 WOMEN'S TENNIS HOME AGAINST WEST FLORIDA TUESDAY
The No. 27 Women's Tennis team hosts perennial D-II power West Florida Tuesday before heading into a competitive break for finals...The 8-4 Tritons won two-out-of-three at home last week, knocking off D-I Seton Hall (6-3) and Hawaii-Hilo (8-1) while getting nipped, 5-4, by Hawaii Pacific.
Against Seton Hall, Coach Liz LaPlante received a big win at No. 3 doubles from the duo of Melinda Chu and Tara Vanooteghem and singles victories at Nos. 2-6...In the Hawaii-Hilo tussle, the Tritons romped past the Vulcans in doubles, winning all three, and then dropped just two games while again capturing 2-3-4-5-6 singles...After losing all three doubles points against Hawaii Pacific, UCSD stormed back to get singles wins from Kyra Scott (No. 2), Paula Chou (No. 3), Melinda Chu (No. 4) and Jacquelyn Davis (No. 6) but Vanooteghem was edged out in three sets a No. 5, stymieing the comeback attempt.
GOLFERS HOST 16 TEAMS FOR SOCAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team hosts the 63rd annual Southern California Intercollegiate starting today at Mission Viejo Country Club in Orange County...The 16-team field will include Division II squads from across the country, including two from UCSD and five from the CCAA...The teams will play 36 holes today on the 7,138-yd., par 71 layout, followed by a final 18 Tuesday.
Comprising the UCSD "A" lineup will be juniors Lewis Simon and Jacob Williams, sophomore Jay Lim and freshmen Daniel Yang and Clayton Yamaguchi...On the "B" squad will be David Smith, Fredrik Palmer, Ryan Rankin, Jeff Roseth and Marc Herrmann.
W-CREW SENDS SIX ENTRIES TO SAC STATE INVITATIONAL
Coach Colin Truex and the Women's Crew heads to Northern California this weekend for Saturday's Sacramento State Invitational at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova...The Tritons scheduled contest on Mission Bay against USD and San Diego State last Saturday was cancelled due to unsafe racing conditions...The Sacramento State event will include the host school, defending Division II national champion Humboldt State, St. Mary's, Portland and Mills College...Truex will send out a full squad, entering boats in the varsity eight, junior varsity eight, novice eight, varsity four, second varsity four and novice four.
MEN'S CREW GRABS 10TH STRAIGHT CITY TITLE; GONZAGA IN FRIDAY
Men's Crew Coach Zach Johnson, fielding a young, inexperienced varsity eight, still managed to prevail for the 10th time in a row over rivals USD and San Diego State at last Saturday's San Diego City Championships on Mission Bay...In deference to the windy, choppy conditions, the teams used an adjusted, best-of-three pieces format...The Triton varsity eight lineup---Zach Attaran, Kyle Wilson, Forrest Sundquist, Mark Bennett, Brenden Stainfield, Scott Kennedy, John Buda, Zach Antunes and coxswain Sean Dougherty swept all three contests...The UCSD JV boat went 1-2 and the novices were 2-0-1.
NEWS & NOTES
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