2016-17 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

June 6, 2017

Troy Cruz - Baseball

Senior right-hander Troy Cruz threw a complete-game masterpiece with a career-best 11 strikeouts in his 37th and final start of a storied five years as a Triton. It was indeed his final college appearance, as he willed UCSD into the final day of the NCAA Championship with his effort on Saturday night, a 7-3 semifinal victory over No. 16 St. Thomas Aquinas. The Tritons finished as national runners-up. The Chula Vista product allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks, posting his second complete game of the 2017 NCAA tournament.

Kyle Goodbrand - Baseball

Redshirt junior right-hander Kyle Goodbrand threw 11 complete shutout innings over two appearances at the NCAA Championship in Texas, with a two-inning save in a 10-8 win over No. 14 Quincy on Tuesday, prior to a five-hit shutout facing elimination again on Thursday against No. 16 St. Thomas Aquinas, a 10-0 whitewash. The Mission Viejo native scattered five singles and four walks while striking out six in his longest outing as a first-year Triton. Goodbrand completed the season at 6-0 with three saves.

May 30, 2017

Jack Larsen - Baseball

Jack Larsen added to his incredible final month as a Triton as No. 4 UC San Diego opened the NCAA Championship in Texas Sunday. The senior rightfielder went 4-for-6 with two doubles, a home run, two runs and three RBI in an extra-inning loss to St. Thomas Aquinas. Larsen's CCAA-best 15th home run gave the Tritons a 2-0 lead in the third, and his RBI single in the fifth knotted the score at 3-3. The Mission Viejo product's two-out double ignited a two-run rally in the 12th, before UCSD lost it in the next half.

Chrissi Carr - Track & Field

Senior pole vaulter Chrissi Carr earned All-America honors with her sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships Saturday in Florida. After making advancing heights of 11'10.75" and 12'2.75", Carr cleared 12'10.75" on her first attempt in the fourth round to move on. In the fifth round, she came up short on 13'2.5", tying her for sixth with Wheeling Jesuit's Anna Massa. The Atascadero native's mark of 12'10.75" is the second-best in UCSD history, just behind her school-record height of 13'1.5", set earlier this season.

May 23, 2017

Adrian Orozco - Baseball

Redshirt senior right-hander Adrian Orozco produced the singular performance of the NCAA Division II West Regional last Friday night in Azusa, twirling a masterful one-hit shutout against ninth-ranked and second-seeded host APU. The Chula Vista product retired the first 18 batters he faced in order, and took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before finally allowing a one-out single. Orozco registered his 11th strikeout, to end the game, and was named Tournament MVP as UCSD claimed its first West Region crown since 2010.

Brandon Shirley - Baseball

Redshirt senior centerfielder Brandon Shirley laid claim to arguably UCSD's two biggest hits during its run to the West Region title. The Compton product bookended the tournament with clutch home runs against finalist Dixie State. Shirley's week began with a three-run shot to put the Tritons on the board in Thursday's 5-2 win. He later provided two huge insurance runs with a blast in the eighth inning of Monday's final, which the Tritons hung on to take, 8-6. He made his third NCAA All-Tournament Team with a tourney-high nine RBI.

May 15, 2017

Men's Rowing

In its final regular-season regatta of the year, the men's rowing team posted solid results, including a win, at the Western Sprints Saturday in Rancho Cordova. The Tritons' Third Varsity 8 placed first, while the Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8 each recorded second-place finishes. UC San Diego's performances helped it receive an invite to the prestigious Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships, June 2-4, back in Rancho Cordova. Pictured is junior Varsity 8 coxswain Isa Batki.

Women's Rowing

A big weekend at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia helped cement a spot in the upcoming NCAA Championships for the UCSD women's rowing team. The seventh-ranked Tritons placed fourth in the Varsity 8 Grand Final, coming in ahead of No. 5 Barry as well as fourth-ranked West Region rival Humboldt State. UCSD's Varsity 4 boat placed second in the Petite Final. Both crews will be competing for a national title later this month in West Windsor, N.J. Pictured is sophomore Varsity 8 coxswain Marie Kawahara.

May 8, 2017

Khalil Flemister - Track & Field

Senior Khalil Flemister won his first conference title in the triple jump on the final day of the 2017 CCAA Championships Saturday in Chico. Already comfortably ahead of the pack by over two feet heading into the last round, he leapt a personal-record 49'2.25” on his sixth and final attempt, securing the 10 points toward his team's total as UCSD finished as runner-up. The mark meant a greatly-improved NCAA provisional qualifier (from 48'4”) for the Compton product, now up to third all-time in program history.

Kristin Semancsin - Track & Field

Kristin Semancsin qualified for two individual finals and came away with a pair of top-six performances Saturday at the CCAA Championships in Chico. The junior San Diego native (Valhalla HS) was runner-up in the 1500 meters in a personal-record 4:34.06, which puts her seventh in program history. She later ran to sixth place in the 800 in 2:18.21, having won her preliminary heat on Friday in 2:15.53. Semancsin thus contributed 11 points toward her team's total as UC San Diego placed fourth.

May 2, 2017

Troy Cruz - Baseball

Senior right-hander Troy Cruz fired a season-long 7.0 innings of shutout baseball on two hits and no walks, striking out five, in No. 23 UCSD's 9-3 win at Cal State LA on Thursday night. He retired the first 13 batters in order and still had faced the minimum through 6.1 frames. A one-out double halted that stretch, but Cruz got a groundout and a called third strike to cap his night at 92 pitches. Coming in just his second start of the season, the outing was his longest since March 29, 2015. Senior Day is this Saturday, May 6.

Alexis Wieseler - Water Polo

Senior Alexis Wieseler helped No. 18 UCSD win its fifth consecutive WWPA Championship title in Ohio over the weekend. The Highland product was named Tournament MVP, tying for first with teammate Lauren Boyer at nine goals apiece while adding six steals and one assist. Wieseler had a game-high five goals in the semifinal. She then scored four more in the championship game, including the opener on a penalty shot. The Tritons host Wagner in the NCAA opening round this Saturday, May 6, at 4 p.m. at Canyonview.

April 24, 2017

Jack Larsen - Baseball

Jack Larsen hit .429 (6-for-14) with five runs and a team-best seven RBI as No. 12 UCSD rallied to a 3-1 series victory over CSUDH. He homered in the first inning of both of the first two games in Carson. His two-out single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth inning in Saturday's seven-inning finale in La Jolla drove in fellow senior Brandon Shirley with what proved to be the game-and series-winning run in a 6-5 triumph. Larsen's seven RBI were his most this season in a single series. He extended his hit streak to nine.

Lauren Boyer - Water Polo

Senior Lauren Boyer earned MVP honors in leading No. 18 UCSD to a 10-6 triumph at No. 11 San Diego State on Saturday, meaning the Tritons retained the Harper Cup for the first time ever. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Boyer scored five goals to lead all players. It marked UCSD's third victory in the annual meeting, now 3-13 in Harper Cup games, and first at SDSU after home wins in 2014 and 2016. Boyer accounted for the game-winner for the second straight Harper Cup. UCSD is at the WWPA Championship this week.

April 17, 2017

Justin Zhang - Tennis

Justin Zhang was instrumental in No. 12 UC San Diego's big West Region win at No. 11 Azusa Pacific last Saturday afternoon. In the No. 3 singles slot, the junior defeated Pascal Engel in straight sets, which included a 6-0 score in the second frame. Partnering with Eric Tseng at No. 3 doubles, the duo defeated Marnix Pluim and Shepherd Newcomb, 8-5, contributing a point in the Tritons' narrow, 5-4 victory. This season, Zhang has recorded a stellar 14-5 record in singles play and a 12-6 mark in doubles competition.

Ashley Chao - Tennis

Ashley Chao won all of her singles and doubles matches for the No. 9 Tritons last week. Against No. 21 Azusa Pacific, the San Diego product earned a three-set victory against Lisa Schneider in the No. 2 singles spot. Also in that match, Chao and doubles partner Becky Chou recorded an 8-4 win at No. 2. Later in the week in a home win against No. 23 Cal State LA, Chao, a sophomore, downed Kayleigh Hall in straight sets at No. 2. Chao and Chou had no problem in their No. 2 doubles match, handily coming out on top, 8-3.

April 10, 2017

Paul Doan - Track & Field

Junior Paul Doan broke the UCSD record in the 100-meter dash for the second time this season in sprinting 10.53 at Saturday's Pomona-Pitzer Invitational in Claremont. The mark also lowers his existing NCAA provisional qualifier in the event by .07 seconds. The San Diego native had previously gone 10.60 after beginning the year tied for the No. 1 spot in program history at 10.62. Doan was the fastest collegian in both the 100 and 200 (21.53), and anchored the first-place 4x100 relay (41.20).

Kendall Baker - Softball

Junior Kendall Baker led UCSD to a four-game home split against top-ranked Humboldt State over the weekend. She hit .467 (7-for-15) from her leadoff spot with three runs scored, one RBI, three stolen bases, and seven clean putouts defensively in her new position, left field. The product of Berthoud, Colo., had at least one hit in all four meetings, with two hits in each of the last three, including a 2-for-4 effort with two steals and the game-tying run in a come-from-behind 3-2 triumph in Saturday's finale.

April 3, 2017

Adrian Orozco - Baseball

Redshirt senior right-hander Adrian Orozco allowed three runs on six hits and one walk over 7.1 innings with seven strikeouts in No. 7 UCSD's 7-3 victory in Sunday's series decider at Stanislaus State. It was the longest outing by a Triton so far this season. The Chula Vista product improved to a perfect 5-0 with a winning decision in his fourth successive start. The Tritons are 7-0 in Orozco's seven starting assignments. He produced a trio of perfect frames. UCSD hosts No. 1 Chico State this Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (12).

Merin Arft - Track & Field

Merin Arft set a new UC San Diego school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase during the California Collegiate Invitational at Triton Track & Field Stadium this past Saturday, with a time of 10:57.34. The junior from Claremont broke Anneke Kakebeen's record (11:01.73) from 2015. Her time was also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Arft finished second overall in the steeplechase, while the Tritons placed second in the team competition. They are back in action at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational this Saturday.

March 27, 2017

David Hadler - Fencing

In his third trip to the NCAA Fencing Championships, junior foilist David Hadler finished a career-best 10th. He posted a 14-9 record over five rounds of five-touch bouts, defeating competitors from Brown, Columbia, Detroit Mercy, Harvard, NJIT, Notre Dame, NYU, Ohio State, Penn, Princeton, St. John's, Stanford and Yale. Hadler beat three of the four fencers who went on to compete in the semifinals, including national champion Andras Nemeth of St. John's. He earned All-America honors for his top-12 finish.

Taly Yukelson - Fencing

Freshman epeeist Taly Yukelson placed sixth at her first NCAA Fencing Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., earning All-America accolades. Yukelson went 14-9 with wins against fencers from Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Fairleigh Dickinson, Harvard, MIT, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Northwestern, Penn State, Princeton, Stanford and Yale. The Cupertino native claimed several upset victories, including one against Princeton Olympian Katharine Holmes, who went on to the championship bout.

March 20, 2017

Jack Larsen - Baseball

Jack Larsen led No. 5 UCSD to a thee-game sweep at SF State, batting .357 (5-14) with four runs and six RBI. In Friday's doubleheader nightcap, his solo shot in the second marked the 200th hit of his career, becoming the 16th player in program history to achieve the feat. Larsen finished 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI. He kicked off that twin bill by going 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Trailing 2-1 and down to a final strike in the ninth, Larsen's two-run double kept the Tritons alive for a 5-3 win in 10.

Britta Mosser - Tennis

Britta Mosser won two singles matches and two doubles contests last week to help No. 13 UCSD to three victories over nationally-ranked teams. At No. 1 singles, Mosser topped 49th-ranked Anjali Sampath of St. Edward's as well as Academy of Art's Monika Stanikova, both in straight sets. The junior's win against Sampath clinched the team victory. Mosser and doubles partner Shannon Theisen were victorious at No. 1 against Rollins and St. Edward's. Now 14-1 this season, UCSD has won its last five matches.

March 14, 2017

Gabriel Hernandez - Swimming & Diving

Senior Gabriel Hernandez earned two All-America distinctions and two All-America honorable mentions while breaking all three of his own individual school standards during his first and only NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala. He placed second in the 200-yard butterfly (1:44.80), third in the 400 individual medley (3:48.52) and ninth in the 200 IM (1:46.39), all in school-record times in finals, and 11th in the 200 breaststroke. The Venezuela native totaled seven school-record swims on the year.

Jaimie Bryan - Swimming & Diving

Senior Jaimie Bryan completed her incredible four-year UCSD career at her fourth and final NCAA Championships last week in Birmingham, Ala., with two All-America distinctions in her specialty breaststroke events. The product of Paradise Valley, Ariz., placed fifth in the 200 breast (season-best 2:14.35) and eighth in the 100 (1:02.29). Her personal-record prelim time of 1:01.90 in the 100 fell just .02 seconds shy of Triton great Rosanna Delurgio's 14-year-old school record, the oldest in the book on the women's side.

March 6, 2017

Adam Klie - Basketball

Adam Klie was named MVP in leading UCSD to the second CCAA Tournament title in program history, and first since 2008. The senior guard averaged 20.7 points over three wins, beginning with a career-high 29 in the first round at home against Humboldt State. Klie shot 60 percent (21-35) from the field and drained six of his nine three-point attempts, adding 5.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. The Tritons thus earned the top seed in the NCAA West Regional and will host the eight-team tourney beginning Friday.

Chrissi Carr - Track & Field

Redshirt senior Chrissi Carr bettered her own school record in winning the pole vault at UCSD's home opener Saturday, the All-UC Challenge. She turned in a mark of 13'1.5" to outdo the field by a full foot, her previous school mark at 12'6.25" from a year ago. Carr also became the first Triton to officially book a trip to the 2017 NCAA Championships in Tampa, Fla., in May, as the automatic qualifying standard is exactly 13'1.5". The Atascadero native will be making a third successive appearance at the NCAA meet.

February 27, 2017

Adam Klie - Basketball

Adam Klie scored a career-high 26 points at Cal State San Bernardino this past Thursday to help UC San Diego clinch its first ever California Collegiate Athletic Association regular-season championship. In the process, Klie became UCSD's Division II-era (since the 2000-01 season) career points leader, now with 1,402. He was 10-for-20 with a pair of three-pointers while going 4-for-5 from the free throw line. The senior guard also added six assists, three rebounds and a steal in the historic victory.

Savanna Forry - Track & Field

Savanna Forry won a pair of individual field events during UCSD's season opener at the Mangrum Invitational in San Marcos on Saturday, leading the Tritons to first place out of eight teams in competition. Her height of 5'8.75" was one of two provisional marks by Tritons on the day, and should net her a third successive trip to the NCAA Championships in May. Forry also easily took first in the hammer with a toss of 148'3”, accounting for 10 of the Tritons' 77 points. UCSD hosts the All-UC Championships this Saturday.

February 21, 2017

Marc Isaia - Tennis

Freshman Marc Isaia aided No. 13 UC San Diego to a three-match sweep of the Hawaii Invitational at the Mauna Loa Village in Kona over the weekend, with two wins against nationally-ranked opponents, including No. 1 Hawai'i Pacific on Saturday. Isaia went 2-1 at No. 4 singles with a pair of straight-set triumphs, and 1-2 at No. 1 doubles with partner Alexandre Miaule. He beat his HPU counterpart, 6-4, 7-5. The Tritons (4-3) now face a couple of home dates on North Campus this Friday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, Feb. 26.

Dalayna Sampton - Basketball

Junior forward Dalayna Sampton helped UCSD earn a CCAA tournament quarterfinal home game and at least a share of a second successive CCAA regular-season title with home wins over Cal Poly Pomona and Humboldt State. The Vallejo native finished the weekend 11-for-13 (.846) from the field, totaling 30 points, 16 rebounds, four steals, four blocks and six assists over two games. The haul included a game-high 19 points against Humboldt State. Sampton is averaging 10.5 points per game on the season.

February 13, 2017

Gabriel Hernandez - Swimming & Diving

Senior Gabriel Hernandez led No. 3 UCSD to a ninth consecutive PCSC title, producing four wins en route to PCSC Male Swimmer of the Meet distinction. He won all three of his individual events, the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 fly, contributing the maximum 96 points while breaking school and meet records in all three. He also anchored the PCSC champion 800 free relay and runner-up 200 medley relay. The Venezuela native's time of 3:49.95 in the 400 IM was the season's first A cut by a Triton and booked his NCAA trip.

Angie Phetbenjakul - Swimming & Diving

Junior All-American Angie Phetbenjakul was No. 4 UCSD's top individual point-scorer in directing the Tritons to a ninth successive conference crown. The Ladera Ranch product was second in both the 50 free and 100 breast, and third in the 200 breast, for 83 points. Phetbenjakul also was part of both PCSC champion freestyle relays, leading off the 200, as well as swimming the breaststroke leg of both runner-up medley relays during a busy program. She is all but assured a third straight trip to the NCAA Championships in March.

February 6, 2017

Tanner Syftestad - Volleyball

Junior opposite Tanner Syftestad put down match highs in kills in two more wins for UCSD, including Saturday's come-from-behind four-set decision at USC that snapped the Tritons' 49-match MPSF losing streak dating back to 2014. He had 21 kills on .486 hitting in Wednesday's home triumph over Princeton, and another 26 at a .451 rate at USC. Syftestad has now produced 20-plus kills in five straight (5.35 kps), achieving the match high in each with UCSD winning the last four. At USC, nine of his kills came in game four.

Caitlyn Weisner - Softball

Sophomore outfielder Caitlyn Weisner helped UCSD (4-0) win all four games at home over the opening weekend. The San Jose native started all four contests and registered a .778 (7-for-9) batting average with a double, triple, three runs scored and team-best eight RBI. Weisner went a perfect 3-for-3 against Saint Martin's on Saturday, punctuated by a game-tying two-run triple in the sixth before scoring what proved to be the decider in a come-from-behind 4-3 victory. She had at least one hit and one RBI in all four games.

January 30, 2017

Tanner Syftestad - Volleyball

Junior opposite Tanner Syftestad put down a match- and career-high 31 kills in Saturday's home win over Hope International. Twelve of those came in game four alone as the Tritons again rallied from a pair of one-set deficits for their second successive five-set victory. It marked the most kills by a Triton since 2009, falling two short of the MPSF's single-match high for 2017. Syftestad's kills accounted for UCSD's final two points in both the fourth and fifth, breaking a 14-14 tie in the latter. He added season bests of nine digs and five blocks.

Cassie MacLeod - Basketball

Senior forward Cassie MacLeod led first-place UCSD to its 11th and 12th consecutive wins over the weekend, on the road at Stanislaus State and Chico State. Friday in Turlock, the Agoura Hills product totaled game highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 7-11 (.636). The performance marked her third double-double of the year and fourth of her career. The next night in Chico, MacLeod tallied 13 points and nine rebounds, shooting 6-10 (.600). The Tritons take their two-game CCAA cushion into Spirit Night this Friday at 5:30.

January 23, 2017

Tanner Syftestad - Volleyball

Junior Tanner Syftestad put down a match- and career-high 23 kills in Friday's five-set home loss to No. 6 UC Irvine, before adding 22 more to again lead all players in a five-set win, UCSD's first of 2017, at Concordia on Saturday. The tri-captain's effort against the 'Eaters marked the most kills by a Triton since 2013. He accounted for six of UCSD's final eight points in game three through four kills and two aces to extend the match. Syftestad produced six kills in the final game alone at Concordia, including on match point.

Lauren Boyer - Water Polo

Senior center Lauren Boyer totaled 12 goals as No. 11 UC San Diego began the 2017 campaign with a 2-2 mark at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational over the weekend. The native of Honolulu, Hawaii, produced a game- and career-high seven goals in Sunday's 15-12 overtime upset of No. 10 Pacific. She scored four times in Saturday's season-opening win over Sonoma State, with one steal, and added a tally against No. 3 UCLA and two assists against No. 5 Hawai'i. Up next is the Triton Invitational, Feb. 11-12.

January 17, 2017

Anthony Ballestero - Basketball

Junior guard Anthony Ballestero scored a career-high 18 points, leading all players as UC San Diego picked up a 67-55 conference win on the road at 16th-ranked San Francisco State. Ballestero was 4-for-7 from the field, all of his shots coming from long range. He made all six of his free throws and added five rebounds to set another career-best. At 14-3 overall and 9-1 in the CCAA, the Tritons remain in first place in the conference and are ranked 18th in the nation.

Beth Mounier - Basketball

Beth Mounier paced UC San Diego to a pair of CCAA wins on the road, keeping the Tritons in first place in the league. The senior guard matched a career-high (also a game-high) with 22 points and set a new career-best with six three-pointers at Sonoma State. The night prior, Mounier totaled a game-high 19 points at San Francisco State. For the week, she shot .522 overall and .643 from behind the three-point line. Mounier hit nine threes and handed out six assists. The Tritons have won nine consecutive games.

January 9, 2017

Kevin Wylder - Swimming & Diving

Junior All-American Kevin Wylder was No. 5 UC San Diego's top performer during two meets last week as the Tritons raced past three Division I squads. In winning an invitational-style home meet on Monday over Air Force and Incarnate Word, Wylder hit the wall first in the 100 fly (50.05) before anchoring the fastest 200 free relay (1:26.33) with a split of 20.73 that topped the field. In a 198-93 dual victory Saturday at CSU Bakersfield, Wylder won both of his individual races, while also taking part in both first-place relays.

Dalayna Sampton - Basketball

Dalayna Sampton helped lead UCSD to two CCAA road victories, stretching the Tritons' win streak to seven and keeping them alone in first. The junior forward averaged 11.5 points and 11.5 rebounds while shooting 53.8 percent, all team-highs. Sampton notched her second double-double as a Triton with game-highs of 16 points and 12 rebounds at Cal State East Bay. Two nights prior, she grabbed a game-high 11 boards and scored seven points at CSUMB. Sampton has pulled down at least 11 rebounds in four of her last five games.

January 2, 2017

Christian Oshita - Basketball

Christian Oshita averaged a team-high 16.5 points over two wins that moved No. 23 UCSD to 6-0 in the CCAA, its best-ever start to a conference season. A sophomore guard, he made a team-best seven three-pointers and shot .583 (7-12) from behind the arc. Against Stanislaus State, Oshita totaled a career- and game-high 19 points. He made five treys, including back-to-back triples during a crucial Triton run late. Against Cal State LA, Oshita led UCSD with 14 points. The Tritons are back home on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Joleen Yang - Basketball

Joleen Yang averaged a team-best 17.5 points over two wins that put UCSD into first place alone in the CCAA. The sophomore guard scored a career- and game-high 24 points Thursday against Cal State LA, the most by any Triton this season. The next night, Yang drained another 11 points against Stanislaus State. For the week, she led the Tritons with five three-pointers and a .357 three-point field goal percentage. Yang also made 10 of 11 free throws. UCSD swept its five-game home stand, and returns to RIMAC on Jan. 19.

December 20, 2016

Chris Hansen - Basketball

Over three games Chris Hansen averaged 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds, both team-bests. Against Cal State Dominguez Hills, he led all players with 24 points and seven rebounds and hit a game-winning three with 1.4 seconds left. Hansen totaled 12 points and eight boards to help UCSD beat Cal State San Bernardino and recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds against 13th-ranked Western Washington. Overall, the sophomore center shot .550 (22-40) and went 9-for-9 from the free throw line.

Cassie MacLeod - Basketball

Cassie MacLeod helped lead the Tritons to a pair of CCAA wins this past week. On Monday against Cal State Dominguez Hills, she had a team-high 21 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists. Last Friday, the senior forward netted a game-high 20 points while going 9-for-10 from the field in just 14 minutes of play versus Cal State San Bernardino. She also grabbed three rebounds. MacLeod currently leads UCSD in scoring, averaging 12.1 points per game, and rebounding at 6.9 per game.

December 5, 2016

Chris Hansen - Basketball

Chris Hansen averaged 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 51.6 percent over two California Collegiate Athletic Association wins last week. The sophomore center was 12-for-13 from free throw line. Hansen recorded his sixth career double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds at Cal Poly Pomona, both game-highs, while going 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Against No. 17 Chico State in La Jolla, he scored a game-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds.

Cassie MacLeod - Basketball

Cassie MacLeod averaged 13 points and 12 rebounds over two California Collegiate Athletic Association games. In a win over Chico State at RIMAC Arena, she earned her second career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 17 rebounds while also adding four assists, two blocks and two steals. On the road at Cal Poly Pomona, the senior forward totaled a game-high 15 points and a team-best seven rebounds. For the season, MacLeod is averaging 10 points and a team-high 7.6 boards.

November 28, 2016

Christian Oshita - Basketball

First-year Triton Christian Oshita netted a team-high 15 points in a loss at fifth-ranked California Baptist last Tuesday. The sophomore guard was 6-for-10 from the field with a pair of three-pointers while also adding five rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes of play. A transfer from the University of San Diego, Oshita is averaging 11 points and four rebounds for UC San Diego. He has scored at least 10 points in five of six games.

Beth Mounier - Basketball

Beth Mounier was named to the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team after helping lead the Tritons to two victories. The senior guard averaged 14.5 points and shot .579, connecting on a team-best 11 field goals. Against No. 23 Saginaw Valley State, Mounier collected 16 points, six rebounds, three blocks, three steals and an assist. The next day, she had 13 points, four boards and two assists versus West Region foe Azusa Pacific. Through six games, Mounier is averaging 10 points and 4.3 rebounds.

November 21, 2016

Kuba Waligorski - Soccer

Senior center back Kuba Waligorski led No. 10 UC San Diego to a first West Region crown since 1993, and then on to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship through a pair of thrilling home wins this past weekend. He first anchored a 1-0 shutout victory in overtime over 2015 national runner-up Cal Poly Pomona on Friday night, and then produced his first career two-goal brace in the second half to rally the Tritons from a 1-0 halftime deficit to a 2-1 triumph over No. 11 Midwestern State in Sunday's national quarterfinal.

Jaimie Bryan - Swimming & Diving

Senior tri-captain Jaimie Bryan excelled for No. 6 UCSD at the annual A3 Performance Invitational in Monterey Park last week. She posted a strong consideration qualifier of 1:02.87 in preliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke Friday morning to virtually book a trip to a fourth consecutive NCAA Championships. Bryan then became the only Triton female to win an event at this year's A3 Invite by timing 2:14.61 in the 200 breast final on Saturday night, just off her best ever of 2:14.13. UCSD placed sixth in the all-Division I field.

November 14, 2016

Adam Klie - Basketball

Senior guard Adam Klie led UC San Diego to home wins over teams that were rated third and second in the PacWest preseason poll, respectively, in Dixie State Friday (62-55) and Azusa Pacific Saturday (70-67). He poured in team highs of 16 against Dixie and 20 versus APU, earning CCAA/PacWest Challenge MVP distinction. Klie added eight boards and four assists in Friday's contest, and shot 9-of-14 from the field with seven assists and five boards against the Cougars, playing a team-high 35 minutes each night.

Taylor Tanita - Basketball

Junior guard Taylor Tanita averaged 14.5 points, 8.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals as No. 17 UCSD opened the season with two wins at the San Marcos Classic. She shot 58.8 percent (10-17) from the field, 50 percent (5-10) from behind the arc and was perfect (4-4) from the line. The Culver City product had eight points, eight assists and six boards Friday against MSU Billings (88-60). Tanita then matched her career high of 21 points (8-11 FG, 3-5 3PT), with nine assists and three steals, as UCSD upset No. 2 CBU, 82-74.

November 7, 2016

Sam Palano - Soccer

Senior Sam Palano scored at 93:30 to give No. 10 UCSD a come-from-behind 2-1 overtime victory over No. 2 seed Sonoma State in the CCAA Tournament final Sunday afternoon in Turlock. The top-seeded Tritons were first-time CCAA champions from the regular season, and thus added a first-ever tourney title. Palano needed two touches to put the decisive goal into the bottom left corner. The Tritons' leader in goals (six), assists (seven-tied) and points (19) was named the CCAA Tournament Most Valuable Offensive Player.

Mary Reilly - Soccer

Sophomore striker Mary Reilly scored the lone game-winner at 88:49 on Friday night at fifth-seeded host Stanislaus State to put No. 8 UCSD into the 2016 CCAA Tournament final. The record nine-time CCAA champion Tritons then completed their double with a record 10th tourney title on Sunday, 2-0 over Cal State LA. Reilly produced match highs of six shots and three shots on goal on Friday, and four shots and three shots on goal on Sunday. Reilly was named the CCAA Tournament Most Valuable Offensive Player.

October 31, 2016

Christian Cordell - Soccer

Sophomore winger Christian Cordell scored at 88:06 to cap an improbable comeback and give No. 10 UC San Diego a 2-1 victory and subsequent first-ever CCAA crown Saturday at 18th-ranked reigning West Region champion Cal Poly Pomona. The Tritons tied the winner-take-all tilt at 85:33, before Justice Duerksen's corner kick was slapped away by the goalie, only for Cordell to poke the ball home. It was his fifth goal of the year, and third game-winner, both now tied for the team lead, and all off the bench.

Katie O'Laughlin - Soccer

Junior striker Katie O'Laughlin scored her league- and West Region-leading 15th goal in the 75th minute Saturday as No. 8 UCSD rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to win 2-1 over Cal Poly Pomona and cap the CCAA's first perfect season since 1998. The Tritons completed the league slate at 12-0 for their first unblemished record, or even unbeaten mark, since joining the conference in 2000. They outscored CCAA opposition, 35-2. O'Laughlin, a Carlsbad native, assisted on Mary Reilly's 64th-minute equalizer.

October 24, 2016

Tareq Alwafai - Cross Country

Fifth-year senior Tareq Alwafai led UC San Diego at the 2016 CCAA Championships Saturday in Ontario, placing third with a time of 24:40.3 over eight kilometers. It was the best finish by a Triton since James Nielsen was a repeat winner in 1999. The 12th-ranked Tritons were third as a team with 69 points, behind No. 4 Chico State (20) and No. 5 CPP (67). Alwafai earned his first career All-CCAA honor as one of the first 15 runners across. The Tritons will be in Billings, Mont., for the NCAA West Regionals on Nov. 5.

Mary Reilly - Soccer

Mary Reilly tallied three more goals, including both game-winners, as No. 9 UCSD continued its perfect run through the CCAA. The Chula Vista native produced her second brace of 2016 in Friday's 3-0 victory at Stanislaus State, scoring in the third minute of each half. She then also provided the 20th-minute opener in Sunday's 6-0 romp at Cal State East Bay. Reilly is second in the CCAA only to strike partner Katie O'Laughlin in goals (9) and points (27). She leads in assists (tied) and shots. The Tritons have won 11 straight.

October 17, 2016

Riley Harbour - Soccer

Senior midfielder Riley Harbour led No. 21 UCSD to two more shutout victories at home last week, as the Tritons have won five straight and taken over sole possession of first place in the CCAA table. The Loomis native scored the lone goal in Friday's primetime upset of No. 12 Cal State LA, with all three of his tallies this season now of the game-winning variety. Harbour then also played a vital role in a comprehensive 3-0 triumph on Senior Day Sunday over Cal State Dominguez Hills. UCSD completed the home schedule 9-0-1.

Amanda Sumrow - Swimming & Diving

Amanda Sumrow made a big splash in her UCSD debut Friday in a double dual meet at San Diego State against NCAA Division I foes SDSU and Vanderbilt. The sophomore transfer from NAU posted top-three finishes in all three events she competed in, touching the wall first in the 200 fly in her very first race as a Triton, before a pair of third-place efforts in the 100 fly and 200 IM. Her time of 2:02.99 in the 200 fly was one of four NCAA B cuts on the day for UCSD swimmers. The Tritons knocked off Vanderbilt, but fell to the Aztecs.

October 10, 2016

Justice Duerksen - Soccer

Senior winger Justice Duerksen was involved in both goals of a come-from-behind, 2-1 victory for UCSD with huge postseason implications at SF State on Friday, as the Tritons vaulted over the Gators in the league table. Duerksen's pressure-filled effort from the penalty spot tied it at 78:57. At 81:08, he beat an SFSU defender with a step-over move down the left flank, before sending a perfect left-footed cross that Uly de la Cal flicked into the goal to complete the rally. UCSD then won a third straight Sunday at CSUMB.

Meghan Berry - Soccer

Meghan Berry anchored No. 8 UCSD's back line to two more shutout victories on the road this past weekend. The Tritons are winners of seven straight, with four in a row via shutout. Sunday's 4-0 romp at CSUMB moved them into sole possession of first place in the league table, at a still-perfect 6-0. Berry and her side did not allow a single shot on goal Friday afternoon during a 2-0 defeat of SF State. UCSD then surrendered just four attempts on frame in Seaside on Sunday. The senior co-captain played all 180 minutes.

October 3, 2016

Kuba Waligorski - Soccer

Kuba Waligorski anchored the UCSD defense to two more shutouts at home last week, drawing with CCAA leader Sonoma State on Friday before a dramatic 1-0 overtime triumph over Humboldt State Sunday. The senior from Poland was instrumental as the Tritons did not surrender a goal over 207:12, and allowed just 13 shots, only four of them on target. They are now second nationally with a 0.28 goals-against average. UCSD's latest shutout streak has stretched to 327:20. Opponents have managed three goals in 10 games.

Kiera Bocchino - Soccer

Kiera Bocchino had three goals and one assist to lead No. 8 UCSD to a pair of home wins last week, 2-0 over 19th-ranked CCAA leader Sonoma State on Friday, and 4-0 against Humboldt State Sunday. The fifth-year senior and co-captain tallied the 12th-minute winner against the Seawolves, before producing her fourth career two-goal brace and second of 2016, on Sunday. Bocchino scored UCSD's second and third goals, within a span of just 47 seconds, after assisting on the opener 14 seconds into the second half.

September 26, 2016

Tareq Alwafai - Cross Country

Redshirt senior Tareq Alwafai finished eighth out of 453 runners at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota on Saturday. The Aliso Viejo product ran eight kilometers in 26:22.5 to lead No. 21 UC San Diego to a second-place finish out of 40 teams with 130 points. The Tritons finished ahead of three squads receiving votes or ranked in the latest USTFCCCA national poll in Black Hills State (third/149 points), No. 14 Western Washington (fifth/154) and No. 18 MSU Moorhead (sixth/283).

Karina Carstens - Cross Country

Sophomore Karina Carstens, a native of Exeter, took 16th out of 392 runners with a time of 23:32.6 over six kilometers at Saturday's Roy Griak Invitational hosted by Minnesota. As a team, UC San Diego edged out No. 8 Western Washington (210) by one point for fifth place out of 40 entrants with 209. The UCSD cross country squads are next in action on Saturday, Oct. 8, hosting the 24th annual Triton Classic on North Campus beginning at 8 a.m. with the men's 8k. The women's 6k follows at 9 a.m.

September 19, 2016

Cameron McElfresh - Soccer

Cameron McElfresh posted two individual clean sheets, 200 minutes worth, over a win and a tie as UCSD completed non-conference play an unbeaten 5-0-1. The fifth-year senior made one save in a 1-0 home victory over city rival Point Loma, and three more in a scoreless draw at Concordia. He thus matched former All-American teammate Josh Cohen's program record for the NCAA Division II era (since 2000) of 22 career shutouts. McElfresh hasn't allowed a goal in 409:03, and leads the CCAA with a .338 GAA.

Amanda Colla - Volleyball

Amanda Colla paced the women's volleyball team to wins in its first two CCAA matches of the season last week at RIMAC Arena. The junior outside hitter from Carlsbad (San Dieguito Academy) registered a double-double in each match. Against Cal State Dominguez Hills, Colla had a team-high 13 kills to go along with 11 digs, three blocks and a service ace. The next night, she produced 10 kills, 14 digs and an ace. UCSD hosts cross-county rival Cal State San Marcos Saturday in the fourth annual Reis Cup (7 p.m.).

September 12, 2016

Christian Cordell - Soccer

Christian Cordell came off the bench to score in both of UCSD's shutout home victories last week as the Tritons improved to a perfect 4-0 for the first time since 2008. The sophomore winger from Huntington Beach notched his first collegiate goal on Thursday night in the 62nd minute, which proved to be the game-winner in a 1-0 triumph over 2015 national quarterfinalist and preseason No. 6 Colorado Mines. Cordell then tallied UCSD's third in a 6-0 rout of Saint Martin's on Saturday night.

Meagan Wright - Volleyball

Meagan Wright continued her torrid offensive play last week, putting away 4.20 kills/set over four matches, the best average of any player at the D2 West Region Showcase in La Jolla. Wright, out of San Diego (Bonita Vista HS), registered a double-double in each contest, extending her streak to 12 matches dating back to last season. She had a match-high 21 kills against Central Washington and another match-best with 16 kills versus Northwest Nazarene. For the tourney, Wright totaled 63 kills and 70 digs (4.67/set).

September 6, 2016

Sam Palano - Soccer

Senior Sam Palano was involved in three of four goals for UCSD over a pair of come-from-behind home wins. Against Azusa Pacific in Thursday's opener, Palano scored the equalizer in the 68th minute, picking the ball out of the air for a right-footed volley into the bottom left corner. Then with only 1:41 left in the second overtime, he fed a short cross from the left side of the box which identical twin brother Nick Palano converted for the decider. On Saturday against Westmont, Palano helped set up the 79th-minute winner.

Katie O'Laughlin - Soccer

Junior Katie O'Laughlin bagged her first collegiate hat trick in leading CCAA favorite UCSD to a 5-0 home thrashing of then-12th-ranked PacWest favorite Azusa Pacific in the opener for both teams last Thursday night. O'Laughlin, who was second in the CCAA a year ago with 10 goals scored only behind strike partner Mary Reilly's 11, needed a mere 27 seconds to begin her 2016 account. At 14:05, it was 2-0 Tritons as she headed in a corner kick. O'Laughlin completed her hat trick in the 86th minute to make it 4-0.

 

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