This Week’s Events:

Mon., Sept. 24---Golf---UCSD at Western Washington Invitational---All Day
Tue., Sept.25---Golf---UCSD at Western Washington Invitational---All Day
Wed., Sept. 26---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Seattle Pacific---7:00 PM
Thu., Sept. 27---Tennis (M&W)---UCSD at ITA Championships---All Day
Thu., Sept. 27---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Loyola Marymount---6:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 28---Tennis (M&W)---UCSD at ITA Championships---All Day
Fri., Sept. 28---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Seattle---3:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 29---Tennis (M&W)---UCSD at ITA Championships---All Day
Sat., Sept. 29---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Claremont---11:00 AM
Sat., Sept. 29---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Pomona-Pitzer---2:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 29---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---7:00 PM


Senior Curtis Williamson and the Men’s Water Polo team host rival LMU Thursday at Canyonview


After a week off, Coach Denny Harper’s Men’s Water Polo team returns to the pool to host longtime conference rival Loyola Marymount, Thursday at 6:00 PM in Canyonview Pool...Between them, UCSD and LMU have captured every Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) title since 1996...The 12th-ranked Tritons bring a 7-5 record into Thursday’s tilt while the Lions are 4-6 overall but ranked 11th in the latest national poll...Neither team has played since Sept. 16, the final day of the NorCal Tournament.

After 12 games, sophomore Daniel Garcia is UCSD’s top goal scorer with 31, followed by Chance Vermilyea (19) and Steve Donohoe (17)...Vermilyea and Sean Roberts each have a team-leading 16 assists while Garcia (15), Vermilyea (13) and Roberts (13) are 1-2-3 in ejections drawn...Donohoe is No. 1 in steals with 20 while goalies Adam Rule and Mark Stemler have 52 and 33 saves respectively.

The 21st-ranked Women's Volleyball team will play its third consecutive home match Saturday night when Humboldt State comes to town for a CCAA tussle...Coach Tom Black's squad, coming off a pair of vastly different outings at RIMAC Arena last weekend, now stand 9-5 overall and 3-3 (6th) in conference play...Humboldt State is 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the CCAA.

Friday night, conference-leading and second-ranked Cal State San Bernardino stopped the Tritons, 3-0 (30-16, 30-22, 30-28), a one-sided affair in which the winners owned an edge in virtually every statistical category...Junior Rebecca Bailey (11 kills/.241), senior Casey Wilson (9 kills) and sophomore Sylvia Schmidt (11/.238) provided the offense for UCSD while four players—Natalie Facchini (15), Wilson (11), Karen Reis (11) and Michelle Torres (10)—reached double figure in the digs column.

Black's team showed its resiliency by rebounding for a big, 3-0 (30-24, 30-17, 30-28) triumph over Cal Poly Pomona the next night...Sophomore setter Elaine Chen (53 assists) spread the wealth around offensively as UCSD hit a blistering .326 with Wilson (14 kills/.303), Schmidt (12/.409), Amber Ries (12/.478), Bailey (11/.233) and Hannah Gary (9/.316) virtually converting at will...Chen also chipped in with three aces and Facchini had two aces to go with her 21 digs.

Still undefeated after a 1-0-1 week in conference play, the second-ranked Women's Soccer team will be off for 12 days before taking a tough road trip to Humboldt State (Oct. 5) and Sonoma State (Oct. 7)...The Tritons are now 8-0-1 overall and atop the CCAA's South Division standings iwth a 5-0-1 mark.

On Wednesday at Cal State Dominguez Hills, UCSD suffered its first blemish of 2007, battling the host Toros to a scoreless tie...It was the Tritons’ fifth shutout of the season and could have easily been win No. 8...UCSD outshot Dominguez Hills, 16-9, did not surrender a corner kick while earning six of its own and generally controlled play...Junior goalkeeper Jessica McGovern stopped five shots.

Sunday, with starters Kathy Sepulveda, Laura Borenstein and Stacy Johnson all sidelined with injuries, the Tritons struggled but were able to grind out a 2-1 victory over visiting Cal State L.A...UCSD played sluggishly from the opening kickoff but got a wake up call at 19:42 of the first half when the Golden Eagles' Khadijah Greenwood floated a long range shot off the far post and in to give CSULA a 1-0 advantage...Senior Rachel Lindenfeld's header off a Chelsey Campbell cross knotted the game with just under six minutes left in the half and the Tritons got the clincher at the 57:13 mark when Natasha Belak-Berger's corner kick skidded through the box to the back side where Kelly Mayo picked it up and knocked it home for her third tally of the season...Both teams took 12 shots.

Reeling at 1-6-1 after dropping a pair of tough home games last weekend, the Men’s Soccer team will try to sort things out on the road this week when it travels to Seattle to face Seattle Pacific, Wednesday, and Seattle, Friday.

CCAA South Division frontrunner Cal State Dominguez Hills outshot the Tritons, 23-9, en route to a 3-0 victory in Carson on Wednesday...The Toros led, 1-0, at the break and used two second half goals to put it away...The two teams split 10 corners.

UCSD lost a tough on at home Friday night, giving away a second half lead in dropping a 3-2 decision to NAIA Cal State San Marcos...The Cougars scored first at the 34:51 mark when the Triton defense lost track of a high deflection inside the box...Less than five minutes later, UCSD struck back on a counter when sophomore Shane Micheil forwarded a long, crossfield pass to senior Jason Le who worked himself into shooting position and finished for his first goal of the year...Early in the second half, Le converted a penalty kick that put the Tritons on top, but that seemed to motivate CSUSM which upped its tempo, resulting in a pair of goals seven minutes apart that snatched victory from Coach Derek Armstrong’s club...UCSD had a 12-11 advantage in shots while San Marcos had five corners to UCSD’s one...Keeper Peter Akman made four saves.

It was another heartbreaker Sunday afternoon for the Tritons as they fell, 2-1, in overtime to visiting Cal State L.A....After a scoreless first half in which the Golden Eagles outshot UCSD, 10-4, L.A. broke through at the 57:24 mark, scoring on a penalty kick...Falling behind seemed to energize the Tritons, who turned up the pressure and eventually tied it on a Le goal at 69:46...The scoring play initiated with sophomore Tony Choi who delivered a ball to Tommy Caplan in the box... Caplan, back to the goal, pushed in for position and then laid the ball off to Le who buried it...A good effort went for naught, however, as former CCAA Player of the Year Morten Marthinsen scored on a breakaway for the Eagles, 4:20 in to the second OT period.

Running at Eagle Island State Park, site of the 2007 NCAA Division II West Regional, the Cross Country teams finished fourth (women) and fifth (men) at Saturday’s Bob Firman Invitational in Boise, ID...Coach Nate Garcia’s harriers will now be idle until the annual Triton Classic, Oct. 6.

As expected, senior Diane Dunn paced the Triton women accounting for third place overall with a time of 18:16.93 over the 5K course...Jessica DiMascio (37th/19:52.58) was next in for UCSD, followed by the tightly packed Amanda Keuhn (42nd/19:59.68), Caprice Thompson (43rd/20:02.91) and Celia Pourtau (44th/20:04.00)...Garcia ran a split squad in this event, keeping home several top runners who had competed at the previous week’s Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo....Division I Boise State claimed No. 1 in the team race.

The men used similar split lineup tactics over the last two races and it was junior Daniel Anderson (17th/26:05.33) and sophomore Jesse Morrill (25th/26:15.26) leading the way in Boise...Junior Jake LeVieux was one slot behind Morrill, clocking 26:19.93, with Ryan Becijos (31st/26:27.38) and Mike Wright (37th/26:39.22) rounding out the scorers...Chico State took the team competition.

Coach Mike Wydra, entering his 30th year at the helm of the UCSD Golf Team, sends his 2007-08 charges into competition for the first time at the annual Western Washington Invitational, scheduled for today and Tuesday at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club...The 14-team field will play 36 holes today and finish with 18 tomorrow.

Wydra’s travel roster will include the junior foursome of Ryan Bailey, Noah Moss, Billy Olsen and Nathan Phan as well as freshman Bryan Olschock..The Tritons were 11th at this event last fall with host Western Washington taking team honors.

Both the Men’s and Women’s Tennis team will participate in this week’s NCAA Division II ITA Western Regional Championships, starting Thursday at Cal Poly Pomona...The top teams will advance to the ITA National Championships, Oct. 11-14 in Mobile, AL.


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