Release: Sunday 03/17/2013 
Courtney Miller and the Women's Water Polo team have won eight in a row.
Courtney Miller and the Women's Water Polo team...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics

Thu., Mar.21---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---9:00 AM

Fri., Mar. 22---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---9:00 AM
Fri., Mar. 22---Track & Field---UCSD at Point Loma Invitational---10:00 AM

Sat., Mar.23---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---9:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 23---Track & Field---UCSD at Point Loma Invitational---10:00 AM

Sun., Mar. 24---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA Championships---9:00 AM


After winning five of its last six games, including a first-ever CCAA Championship Tournament crown, a stellar season came to a crashing halt Saturday for the Women's Basketball team in the first round of the NCAA West Regional...The Tritons succumbed to a late surge, losing, 68-57, to Grand Canyon in Bellingham, WA...UCSD, which snagged the region's No. 3 seed after capturing the CCAA Championship event, had trouble with both the size and athleticism of the sixth-seeded Lopes.

The Tritons were led by All-CCAA junior Erin Dautremont who sank 9-of-16 shots en route to 21 points while snatching six rebounds...Senior Daisy Feder, the CCAA's regular season MVP, hit four treys and scored 20 points...After a taut first half, Grand Canyon left the court at intermission with a four-point advantage, its largest to that point...A lay-in by senior Emily Osga at the 13:43 mark gave UCSD its first second half lead and a three by Feder lifted the Tritons back in front by one with 5:47 to go...At that juncture, things went south for UCSD as the Lopes ran off 11 unanswered points and found themselves leading by 10 with just 2:04 remaining...The Tritons narrowed it to six but GCU made more than enough free throws down the stretch to keep them at bay...Grand Canyon held UCSD to 37.5% shooting from the field and owned a 41-30 edge on the glass, thanks in great measure to the play of junior Judy Jones (24 pts./12 rebounds)...The Tritons got just two points from their bench.

Coach Eric Newman's Baseball team, coming into last week with losses in five of its last seven games, made a statement by taking three-of-four from CCAA-leading Cal State L.A. last weekend and will now be off until March 28 when it starts a string of eight straight conference home games against Cal State East Bay...UCSD is now 15-12 overall, 10-10 at the midway point in CCAA play and is tied for sixth on the league ladder.

Spurred by a pair of big innings, the Tritons outlasted Cal State L.A., 10-7, on the road in Thursday night's series opener...Trailing, 2-0, UCSD erupted for five runs in the fifth inning with junior catcher Nick LaFace finishing matters off with a two-run double...The Golden Eagles closed the gap to a run at 5-4 but UCSD bats went off again in the eight, this time for four runs with freshman Troy Cruz singling home two...The Tritons ended up with 10 hits, three coming from Cruz, and LaFace had three RBIs, one on his third homer of the year...Righty Ryan Goodbrand started and logged six innings while picking up his sixth victory...In a crazy game the next night in L.A., the Golden Eagles scored seven in the first, UCSD scored seven in the ninth but CSULA outscored Newman's squad, 4-2, in the seven innings in-between for an 11-9, triumph...Both outfits compiled 12 hits but three Triton errors led to four unearned runs for the home team...Left fielder James Mossholder went 3-for-3, senior Richard Seigel had two knocks including his sixth home run of the season and shortstop Dillon Moyer had a three-run ninth inning double.

Back in La Jolla Saturday, Newman got some solid pitching in a key doubleheader sweep of the Golden Eagles...Junior Blake Fassler produced a quality start in game one, limiting CSULA to just two runs and five hits in six innings while picking up his fourth win of the year as UCSD prevailed, 10-2...Another junior David Hart baffled the visitors for the final three frames, giving up just one hit...Thanks to 12 walks and four L.A. errors, UCSD needed just seven hits, two by senior CF Danny Susdorf, to rack up its 10 runs...Second baseman Troy Cruz collected four of those walks and scored three times...Cruz was on the hill in the nightcap, getting his first start as a Triton and he made the most of the moment, firing five shutout innings at the Golden Eagles for  his first win, 4-0...Moyer and Susdorf each had two of the team's seven hits as the Tritons got on the board early, scoring a pair of unearned runs in the first and allowing Cruz and the bullpen crew to do the rest.

Watch Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Eric Newman.
Watch Saturday's post-game interview with freshman Troy Cruz.

Having slipped from a first place tie to a tie for third after a splitting a four-game road series with 2012 CCAA regular season co-champion Cal State Dominguez Hills, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball  team will be idle until March 29 when it opens a four-game home set with San Francisco State...The Tritons are 17-13 on the year and 13-7 in league play.

In Carson last Friday, freshmen Alexis Edwards lost a 2-1 game one pitchers' duel with CSUDH's Lauren Harper despite allowing just five hits and one earned run in her six-inning stint...The 20th-ranked Toros nicked Edwards for a run in the third and then Alys Cruz-Fernandez smashed a solo homer in the fourth that ultimately decided the contest...UCSD rallied with a run in the sixth when junior catcher Caitlin Brown singled home freshman Callie Grant but Gerckens' charges could not push across a tying marker...The Tritons pounced on the Toros for a 6-1 second game victory...They jumped out quickly with Brown again singling home Grant, who led off the game by reaching on an error...Dominguez Hills tied it in the third, but UCSD quickly replied in the fourth with shortstop Mya Romero coming home on center fielder Taylor Sepulveda's single...The Tritons made it 3-1 in the third when junior Emily McQuaid reached on a two-out error, stole second and came home on yet another Brown RBI single...UCSD blew it open in the sixth, scoring three runs on singles by Romero, Sepulveda and Kirsten Willmon and a two-run triple by Grant...Junior Jenn Manuel went the distance in the circle, firing a six-hitter for her fifth win.

It was splitsville again Saturday but this time the Tritons took the opener, 4-0, behind a complete game one-hit gem by Edwards...This one was scoreless through five but singles from Willmon and freshman McKenna Clewett keyed a two-run sixth and Willmon added to that with a two-run double in the seventh...UCSD finished with six hits, two each by Willmon and Nicole Spangler...The storyline was not so rosy in the nightcap as the Toros roughed up Manuel and the bullpen, handing the Tritons an 8-0 run-rule loss...The Tritons got seven hits in the five-inning affair, two each by Brown and freshman Katie Saunders, but left five on base.


On the heels of a motivating victory over USC, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball squad  will now have a 12-day competitive respite for finals before closing out a five-match road stretch at UC Irvine, March 28...The Tritons go into their "finals holiday" with an overall record of 7-16.

Friday night in Malibu, No. 4 Pepperdine handled UCSD in straight sets for the second time this season, 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-18)...The Waves cornered the statistics in this one, out-hitting UCSD, .362-.119, registering seven aces and sporting a 10.5-7 edge in the blocking department...Senior middle blocker Greg Smith was a bright spot for the Tritons, hitting .538 with a team high nine kills...Junior Mike Brunsting handed out 23 assists and had a pair of aces.

UCSD snapped a  six-match Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) and gained a sweep of the two-game season series with USC by surviving a five-game marathon with the Trojans Saturday night in Los Angeles, 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 15-12)...Senior Carl Eberts, UCSD's kill leader on the year, hammered USC for 17 while hitting at a .375 clip...Eberts had just seven kills in the previous three matches...Smith had another big effort with 13 kills and four block assists...Sophomore outside Cheyne Hayes' productivity at the net (11 block assists) led UCSD to a 20-13 advantage in the blocking department and Brunsting distributed 41 assists to go with two aces and eight digs...Senior libero Chase Frishman had a team high 11 digs.

Further stamping itself as a legitimate contender for the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) championship after going 4-0 at last weekend's Aztec Invitational, the 17th-ranked Women's Water Polo team takes a break for winter finals and will resume action, March 28, at the five-game Hawaii Spring Break Tournament in Honolulu...Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's charges, riding an eight-game winning streak and still undefeated atop the WWPA standings, are now 14-8 in 2013...The eight-game run is the longest in Kreutzkamp's tenure, currently in its fourth season.

The fourth time was the charm for the Tritons in Saturday morning's Aztec Invitational opener as they earned a much-deserved, 7-6, victory over No. 13 Cal State Northridge after losing three previous meetings with the Matadors...Junior Sarah Lizotte (3) and freshman Alexis Wieseler (4) accounted for all seven UCSD goals but it was really the defense that played the leading role, anchored by freshman goalie Courtney Miller who had 10 saves, several at critical junctures...That afternoon, the Tritons stopped No. 16 UC Davis by an identical, 7-6, margin...Lizotte and junior Allison Delgado each found the cage twice with the latter also getting four steals as UCSD used a big second half to catch and top the Aggies, who were up, 2-1, at halftime.

The Tritons used depth and fitness to turn away No. 11 Indiana, 10-7, Sunday morning...Down 2-0 early, UCSD knotted it at three by halftime and the two teams were deadlocked at five after three periods...But Kreutzkamp's club, which got goals from seven different players, struck for five in the final eight minutes to seal the verdict...Lizotte, Wieseler and junior two-meter Melissa Bartow all chalked up two goals...In the tournament finale that afternoon, both teams showed the effects of a four-game weekend but the Tritons eventually vanquished Bucknell, 7-4...Lizotte and Wieseler had two scores apiece and it was again second half heroics propelling UCSD as the Tritons out-pointed the Bison, 5-2, in the final two stanzas...Miller rejected 14 Bucknell shots.

Listen to Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Saturday  morning post-game interview.

Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will field a limited contingent at this weekend's Point Loma Invitational as the Track & Field team comes off finals week...Last weekend in split competitions, the Tritons sent competitors to both the Aztec Invitational at San Diego State and the annual Occidental Distance Carnival.

UCSD's top finish at the latter event was sophomore Tanner Collins' 10th place effort in the 5,000 (14:37.98)...Over at SDSU, the Tritons got a 2-3 senior finish in the hammer with A.B. Shaheen uncorking a toss of 186-6 with teammate Zach Nagengast a foot and a half back...Fast-improving sophomore Chantia Justice landed at 38-11.75, good for second in the triple jump and freshman Kristin Sato was fifth in the same event...Sophomore Keith Rose nabbed sixth in the 100 (11.07) and senior Ryan Eckert was ninth in the shot put (51-3.5)...Meanwhile junior Lorato Anderson sped to an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 800, grabbing 14th in 2:14.28.

Two UCSD fencers, epee specialists Luc Ginestet and Adam Campbell-Kruger are heading to San Antonio, TX for the NCAA Championships, this Thursday through Sunday...Ginestet, a junior and Campbell-Kruger, a sophomore, will both be make their first-ever appearance at the national championships...The were selected based on their year-round performance...Campbell-Kruger capped his season off by placing second at the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) individual championships and third at the NCAA West Regional while Ginestet was third and seventh at the two meets respectively...Men's epee will start Thursday and conclude Friday.

Led by sophomore Jay Lim, the Golf team wound up seventh in the 16-team field at last week's 63rd annual Southern California Intercollegiate, hosted by UCSD at Mission Viejo Country Club...Lim posted a 54-hole total of 14 over par 227, putting him in a tie for 10th...As a team, Coach Mike Wydra's Tritons came in at 927, putting them 36 strokes behind first place Cal State Stanislaus...Another CCAA squad, Cal State Monterey Bay claimed second...UCSD freshman Clayton Yamaguchi gave Wydra a second individual in the top 15, shooting 228 which left him tied for 13th...The next four Tritons in were juniors Ryan Rankin of the UCSD "B" squad (32nd/234), Lewis Simon (T43/237), Jacob Williams (T46th/238) and  Fredrik Palmer-Picard (T46th/238)...Lim's opening round 73 was the Tritons' best single 18 for the tourney.

Next up for UCSD is the Grand Canyon Invitational, March 25-27 in Goodyear, AZ.

Coach Timmer Willing's Men's Tennis team came within two tight doubles matches of posting its signature win of the year last Tuesday, falling to No. 2-ranked West Florida, 5-4, on the North Courts...The Tritons, No. 5 in the West Region and 7-7 in dual matches, are back in action March 27 at home vs. DePauw.

Against West Florida, Willing saw his No. 2 doubles tandem of Max Jiganti and Kona Luu pull out a 9-8 (7-5) victory but both the No. 1 and No. 3 duos came up short, 9-7...Doubles proved conclusive when the two adversaries split the six singles contests...UCSD earned wins at No. 1 (Camill Salomon), No. 4 (Luu) and No. 6 (Horea Porutiu), all in three sets.

The No. 27 Women's Tennis team's match against No. 10 West Florida last Tuesday was a virtual carbon copy of the Triton Men's match-up with the Argos...After going down, 2-1, in doubles, the two squads went 3-3 in singles, meaning the visitors walked away with a 5-4 decision...Like the men, UCSD picked up its doubles point at No. 2, courtesy of a 9-8 (7-3) triumph by Paula Chou and Jacquelyn Davis...Davis also earned a straight set point at No. 6 singles as did Tara Vanooteghem at No. 5 and freshman Kyra Scott at No. 2.

Coach Liz LaPlante's Tritons, now ranked fifth regionally, saw their ledger slip to 8-5...Next up is a road trip to Concordia, March 28.

In a match-up designed as a prep for the annual San Diego Crew Classic, Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Rowing team was able to take little out of last Friday's racing against West Coast rivals Gonzaga and USD...Battling fog, limited visibility and the resultant havoc they played on start times, all three teams struggled in the less than optimal conditions on Mission Bay...In the varsity eight showdown, UCSD had the misfortune of being lined up in the middle lane and got squeezed as the crews labored to hold a straight course...At the wire, Gonzaga prevailed by three seconds over USD with the Tritons three seconds behind a Torero eight they had defeated less than a week earlier at the SD City Championships...UCSD did register a two-second win over USD in the JV race and was second, five seconds behind Gonzaga in the third varsity skirmish.

Johnson & Co. will be back on Mission Bay, April 6-7, for the Crew Classic.

Heading into the core of its racing season, first-year Coach Colin Truex and his Women's Rowing squad showed that it's continuing to make progress with a solid performance in the Sacramento State Invitational Saturday at Rancho Cordova...The varsity eight pulled to a fourth place finish, beaten only by D-I opponents, but most importantly, crossed the line 5.5 seconds ahead of defending NCAA D-II champion Humboldt State, one of its primary regional rivals...Manning the eight were coxswain Anna Meng, Kelly Peterson, Alyssa Dixon-Word, Kelsey Henck, Katherine Tehaney, Caitlyn Belza, Michelle Robbins, Ashley Travaglione and Claire Duesdieker.

The second varsity eight claimed third, also besting Humboldt State and the novice eight was fourth...The Triton varsity four placed third, one slot behind Humboldt State while the second varsity four posted UCSD's only win of the day and the novice four was seventh...UCSD is back on the road March 29 at perennial Division II power Western Washington and a day later at the Cascade Sprints in Tacoma.

UCSD's weekly online radio show, Triton Talk, hosted by Craig Elsten, will not be aired this week but will return on March 27...Past episodes can be heard at ucsdtritons.com...Click here to listen to last week's show featuring Baseball Coach Eric Newman, NCAA champion Dane Stassi and CCAA Tournament MVP Erin Dautremont of the Women's Basketball team.

The UCSD Athletic Dept. and UCSD Alumni will host a pre-game tailgate reception for Baseball alumni, parents and boosters prior to the team's April 5 game against San Francisco State...Coach Eric Newman will report on the 2013 season and guests will be updated on the team's Clubhouse Project & Campaign...For more information, call (858) 534-4211.

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