|THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:|
Mon., May 6---Golf---UCSD at NCAA South Central/West Regional---All Day
Tues., May 7---Golf---UCSD at NCAA South Central/West Regional---All Day
Wed., May 8---Golf---UCSD at NCAA South Central/West Regional---All Day
Wed., May 8---MTennis---UCSD at NCAA Championships---12:00 PM
Thu., May 9---MTennis---UCSD at NCAA Championships---10:00 AM
Fri., May 10---WCrew---UCSD at Dad Vail Championships---All Day
Fri., May 10---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Regionals---TBA---7:00 PM
Fri., May 10---MTennis---UCSD at NCAA Championships---10:00 AM
Fri., May 10---WWater Polo---UCSD at NCAA Championships---4:00 PM
Sat., May 11---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Regionals---TBA
Sat., May 11---WCrew---UCSD at Dad Vail Championships---All Day
Sat., May 11---WWater Polo---UCSD at NCAA Championships---TBA
Sat., May 11---MTennis---UCSD at NCAA Championships---10:00 AM
Sat., May 11---Track & Field---APU Last Chance Qualifier---11:00 AM
Sun., May 12---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Regionals---TBA
Sun., May 12---WWater Polo---UCSD at NCAA Championships---TBA
POLO SQUARES OFF AGAINST HAWAII IN NCAA FIRST ROUND
Coach Brad Kreutzkamp’s WWPA champion Women’s Water Polo team makes its second visit to the NCAA Championships in the last three years, opening the eight-team tournament against No. 7-ranked and fourth-seeded Hawaii (21-9) Friday at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool in Boston, MA…A win for the fifth-seeded, 12th-ranked Tritons (25-13) puts them against the winner of the USC-Pomona-Pitzer game on Saturday…A loss and they face the loser of that contest in the consolation bracket…The two teams met in early March with Hawaii prevailing, 9-6, in Honolulu…UCSD earned its NCAA berth by knocking off Loyola Marymount, 10-8, at the WWPA Championship, April 30 in Santa Clara…Kreutzkamp’s club is led by juniors Sarah Lizotte and Melissa Bartow, the WWPA Player of the Year and WWPA Championship MVP respectively…Click here for complete updates on Women’s Water Polo.
MEN’S TENNIS OPENS NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP ACTION WEDNESDAY
Southern Indiana will be across the net when Coach Timmer Willing’s 14th-ranked Men’s Tennis team opens NCAA Division II Championship play Wednesday at Surprise Tennis & Racquet Club in Surprise, AZ…The 16-team tourney will run through Saturday with the UCSD-SIU winner facing either West Florida or Bluefield State in Thursday’s quarterfinals…Making its 12th post-season appearance in the past 13 years, Willing's roster will include the doubles lineup of Camill Salomon-Devon Sousa, Max Jiganti-Kona Luu Rajeev Herekar-Teddy Truong at Nos. 1-3 respectively...The singles ladder will start with Salomon at No. 1, followed up by Jiganti, Herekar, Ganesh Alagappan, Luu and Horea Porutiu...For complete tennis coverage, click here.
SOFTBALL SECOND IN CCAA TOURNEY; LOOKS FOR NCAA INVITE TODAY
The Softball team's second place finish at last weekend's CCAA Championship Tournament in Stockton solidifed its spot in this weekend's NCAA West Regional...The Tritons, who fell, 6-2, in the final round to regular season champion Humboldt State, will now be traveling to Arcata, CA where they will face No. 5-ranked Humboldt State again in Friday's first round....St. Martin's and Grand Canyon hook up in the double elimination tourney's other first round contest…Gerckens has taken her team to the NCAA title game the past two years, winning the national championship in 2011.
After getting roughed up, 5-2, in Friday’s CCAA tournament opener by Sonoma State, the Tritons used a combination of solid defense, bend but don’t break pitching, timely hitting and aggressive base running Saturday to forge come-from-behind triumphs over both Dominguez Hills (3-2) and Sonoma State (8-6)…Sunday, starter Michelle Escamilla kept the powerful Humboldt State offense under control and the Tritons had the Lumberjacks on the ropes, up 2-1 after five...But a five-run HSU outburst in the sixth prove more than UCSD could overcome...The junior quartet of catcher Caitlin Brown, third baseman Emily McQuaid, shortstop Mya Romero and center fielder Taylor Sepulveda gained all-tournament recognition and the Tritons got a breakout effort from freshman Amani Proctor who played a key role in Saturday’s victory over Sonoma State and drove in both runs against Humboldt State Sunday…For a complete Softball update, click here.
Watch Friday night’s post-game interview with Coach Patti Gerckens.
Watch Saturday night’s post-game interview with Coach Patti Gerckens.
Watch Saturday night’s post-game interview with junior Caitlin Brown.
Watch Sunday’s post-game interview with junior Emily McQuaid.
Watch Sunday's post-game interview with Coach Patti Gerckens.
BASEBALL POST-SEASON HOPES SLIM WITH SERIES LOSS AT MONTEREY
Coach Eric Newman’s Baseball team will now be at the mercy of the NCAA selection committee after dropping three-of-four games at first place Cal State Monterey Bay last weekend…The Tritons concluded the regular season with a 26-24 ledger, were 20-20 in the CCAA and tied for sixth in the conference standings…Their run as champions of the CCAA regular season and championship tournament had already been snapped at four years and now, a run of six consecutive NCAA appearances may end as well...NCAA brackets will be released next Monday.
With its post-season fates resting on the road series at Monterey, UCSD did what it has done throughout the season, play well yet somehow come up just a little short…This time, the two teams both scored 17 runs over the four contests but the Otters prevailed in each of the three close ones…In Friday’s opener, Triton ace Ryan Goodbrand went seven innings but got no decision as UCSD rallied from a three-run deficit only to be beaten in walk-off fashion, 4-3…Junior Blake Fassler spun seven shutout frames in the first of two games Saturday and wound up with his fifth win, 6-1…A three-run first inning homer by Justin Rahn staked the Tritons to a 3-0 first inning lead in the nightcap but the advantage quickly evaporated in a 7-5 defeatd...The Otters never trailed in winning the series finale, 7-5...More complete Baseball results, click here.
GOLFERS IN WASHINGTON FOR NCAA REGIONAL
For the second straight year, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team finds itself in the 20-team NCAA South Centra/West Regional...This year’s event will be held at the The Home Course in DuPont, WA and the top five team finishers will advance to the 2013 NCAA Division II Championships in Hershey, PA…The teams will play 54 holes with the first of three rounds today…The Tritons, who placed 14th at last year’s Regional, are coming off a fifth place finish at the CCAA Championships and all four teams that were in front of them there will be in the field this week…Wydra’s Regional lineup will feature juniors Lewis Simon, Fredrik Palmer-Picard and Jacob Williams, sophomore Jay Lim and the freshman Clayton Yamaguchi… Yamaguchi, who finished third individually, led the Tritons at the CCAA tourney…For more information on golf, click here.
THE WORD from UCSD Golf Coach Mike Wydra...
“If you can't chip and putt, you can't travel with me. You're going to be riding the pine.”
TRITON WOMEN SECOND, MEN THIRD AT CCAA TRACK & FIELD
For the third consecutive season, the UCSD women (150.5 pts.) were second and the men (149 pts.) third at the CCAA Track & Field Championships, hosted last weekend in Turlock, CA by Cal State Stanislaus…Chico State won the title on both sides…The Wildcat women finished 61.5 pts. ahead of the Tritons while the men were 12 pts. short of second place Cal Poly Pomona.
On the men’s side, junior Kellen Levy won the first of three UCSD gold medals Friday night, clocking 30:58.93 to capture the 10,000…A day later, sophomores Nash Howe (javelin/221-4) and Keith Rose (100/10.62) snagged first place honors…It was a career best and an automatic NCAA qualifier for Howe while Rose’s mark is a new school record…The latter was also third in the 200 (21.64) and broke his own UCSD standard with a 21.57 in prelims…Other notable performances by the men were turned in by Clint Rosser (3rd/pole vault/16-2.5), Ryan Eckert (2nd/shot put/52-1.75), Zach Nagengast (2nd/discus/159-10), Sean Cook (2nd/long jump/23-10.75) and Daniel Franz (2nd/3000steeplechase/9:42.27).
On the women’s side, the lone first place finisher was freshman Kristin Sato who led a 1-2-3-4 Triton showing with a leap of 39-5.25)…Other notables were Lorato Anderson (2nd/800/2:16.92), Sabrina Pimentel (2nd/400/56.11) and Eva Isaacs (2nd/shot put/40-11.5)…Sato and Cook were named Freshmen of the Year in their respective divisions…Click here for a full re-cap of everything Track & Field.
Watch Friday’s post-race interview with junior Kellen Levy.
Watch Friday’s post-meet interview with freshman Sean Cook.
Watch Saturday’s post-meet interview with Coaches Tony Salerno & Darcy Ahner.
5…Number of consecutive years one of the Howe brothers has won the CCAA javelin title. After watching his brother Nick dominate the event from 2009-12, current UCSD sophomore Nash got in on the fun by taking this year’s title with a heave of 221-4.
7…Members of the UCSD Softball team who earned All-CCAA honors last week, most of any team in the conference. First teamers included senior Nicole Spangler as well as juniors Caitlin Brown and Kirsten Willmon. Three more juniors, Taylor Sepulveda, Emily McQuaid and Mya Romero, along with freshman Callie Grant, grabbed second team accolades.
10.62…Fastest 100 meter time in UCSD history, recorded by sophomore Keith Rose at Saturday’s CCAA Championships. Rose also blazed to a school record (21.57) in the 200 prelims Friday.
WOMEN’S CREW HEADS EAST FOR FINAL REGULAR SEASON OUTING
With the selection of teams for the 2013 NCAA D-II Championships looming (May 20), Coach Colin Truex and his Women’s Crew team will get a chance to be part of history this weekend when they travel to Philadelphia for the 75th Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River…The Tritons will enter a varsity eight and varsity four…At this point, it appears that the UCSD varsity eight is in the driver’s seat for an at-large NCAA berth but may need a strong performance from the four if that boat hopes to reach the national regatta…For more information on Women’s Crew, click here.
On the scene at Stockton’s Arnaiz Field for last weekend’s CCAA Softball Championship were two all-stars from the 2012 UCSD squad that won the conference tourney, pitcher Camille Gaito and outfielder Kris Lesovsky. Gaito was the Most Outstanding Pitcher at that event.
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 Coaches Patti Gerckens (softball) and Eric Newman (baseball) as well as track & field standout Nash Howe...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
Award winners for the week included Softball’s Taylor Sepulveda and Baseball’s Nick LaFace…Both juniors received first team Capital One Academic All-District honors…Locally, junior Sarah Lizotte from the Women’s Water Polo team was named one of the San Diego Hall of Champions’ Amateur Stars of the Month.
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...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.
The fourth annual Triton Athletes’ Council (TAC) Memorial Day DodgeBall Tournament is set for Friday, May 24 at RIMAC Arena…Action starts at 6:00 PM and a 28-team field is expected…All proceeds from the event will benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
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