This Week’s Events:
Friday, Oct. 5---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Humboldt State---12:30 PM
Saturday, Oct. 6---Cross Country---UC San Diego Triton Classic Invitational---9:00 AM
Sunday, Oct. 7---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Sonoma State---12:30 PM
Coach Denny Harper and the Men's Water Polo team battle UCSB and
CROSS COUNTRY HOSTS ANNUAL INVITATIONAL SATURDAY
After taking a week off, Coach Nate Garcia’s Cross Country team will field full squads on both sides for the first time this year when it hosts the annual Triton Classic, Saturday on the north campus course. The women, running 6K, will race first, followed by the men who will run 10K for the first time over the campus loop...Fifteen to 20 teams are expected to compete in each event.
The Triton women, ranked 13th nationally, have been led all season by the senior trio of Diane Dunn, Emily McGregor and Amanda Burkhardt...Due to injuries and scheduling, Garcia’s men have yet to start their strongest lineup in one race...With the likes of Daniel Anderson, Kevin Klein, Jake LeVieux and Jesse Morrill all set to goSaturday, the Classic should provide a good gauge of where the Tritons are in terms of the CCAA Championship, scheduled two weeks later in Stanislaus.
MEN’S WATER POLO HOSTS UC SANTA BARBARA, LONG BEACH STATE
Coach Denny Harper’s Men’s Water Polo team returns home to face a pair of ranked opponents from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this weekend as No. 8 UC Santa Barbara (Friday) and No. 7 Long Beach State (Saturday) visit Canyonview Pool this weekend...UCSD comes into the weekend 9-6.
In front of 1,502 at Canyonview Pool Thursday night, the 12th-ranked Tritons, unable to fend off No. 10 Loyola Marymount in the second half, fell, 9-4, to the Lions...A taut first half ended with LMU up, 4-3, but UCSD was outscored 5-1 in the second 16 minutes...Goals by Sean Roberts, Daniel Garcia and Steve Donohoe had the Tritons even at three but the Lions scored late in the second quarter and then notched the first goal of the second half...Garcia’s second tally brought UCSD back to within one but that’s as close as it would be...UC's comeback chances were dealt a blow when starter Sean Roberts was ejected for an "over-aggressive" foul with two seconds remaining in the first half...Freshman goalie Adam Rule made eight saves.
The Tritons rebounded Saturday with a pair of road wins over Division III opponents...In the morning, UCSD struggled but finally put away Claremont, 8-5, with sophomore Peter Gresham scoring a pair of goals...Donohoe found the back of the cage five times and Garcia four in a 13-7 romp over Pomona-Pitzer in the afternoon.
WOMEN’S SOCCER FACES CHALLENGING NORCAL SWING
Off since topping Cal State L.A. on Sept. 23, the second-ranked Women’s Soccer team returns to CCAA action on the road this weekend, traveling to Humboldt State (Friday) and Sonoma State (Sunday)...The Tritons bring an 8-0-1 mark into Friday’s contest and are a CCAA South Division-leading 5-0-1 in conference play.
Humboldt State is last in the CCAA North Division which is led by Sonoma State...Junior Natasha Belak-Berger leads UCSD in the scoring column with six goals on the season, followed by seniors Ali Lai and Rachel Lindenfeld and junior Kelly Mayo with three each...Team assist leaders are senior Chelsey Campbell and junior Alexia Zatarain at three apiece...Junior keeper Jessica McGovern boasts a 0.43 per game goals against average with five shutouts.
ARMSTRONG RETIRES; TRITONS GO 1-1 IN SEATTLE
On the heels of the unexpected retirement of veteran Head Coach Derek Armstrong early last week, the Men’s Soccer team split a pair of games in the Northwest last week with interim Head Coach Paul Holohan at the helm...The Tritons now take to the road again, looking to gain some traction in the CCAA conference race...UCSD (2-7-1/1-4-1) plays at Humboldt State Friday and Sonoma State Sunday...Sonoma State is undefeated in CCAA competition and is first in the North Division while Humboldt State is last at 1-6.
In their first outing under Holohan, the Tritons stunned unbeaten and sixth-ranked host Seattle Pacific, 1-0, Wednesday...Junior Jason Le scored the game’s only goal in the 18th minute, hauling in a feed from sophomore Tony Choi...The decisive play started with Shane Micheil holding the ball near the right touch line...He flicked it forward to Choi who carried it to the end line and evaded two defenders before dropping it to Le who stuck it in the goal...Soph keeper Josh Vasquez, getting his first start of the season in place of Peter Akman (out with a red card), made three saves while recording the shutout...The two clubs each took nine shots but SPU had a marked, 10-2, advantage in the corner kick column.
Two nights later, Holohan and Co. were unable to overcome No. 13 Seattle which used a pair of Jason Cascio goals, one in each half to procure a 2-0 triumph....The Redhawks outshot UCSD, 21-7, and led, 6-0, and also led in corners (6-0).
Armstrong, in his 26th season at UCSD, stepped down due to worsening problems with his knees which dictate surgery (likely this week)...He guided the Tritons to three NCAA Division III Championships (1988, 1991, 1993) and finished with a career record of 322-135-46.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL GAINS MOMENTUM FOR TREK NORTH
After taking care of business at home Saturday night, the 20th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team heads north for an important pair of CCAA road matches at Cal State Monterey Bay and Sonoma State this weekend...The Tritons, 10-5 overall, sit tied for fourth in the CCAA standings with a 4-3 record...They’ll have an opportunity to improve that against two clubs that are 4-3 and 1-6 respectively in league play.
At home against Humboldt State last Saturday night, Coach Tom Black’s charges were in command from the outset, posting a convincing, 3-0 (30-17, 30-23, 30-21) victory...Junior Rebecca Bailey—16 kills, .325 hitting pct., two aces—was a standout...Senior Amber Ries and sophomore Sylvia Schmidt (nine kills each) were offensive compliments and sophomore setter Elaine Chen dished out 42 assists and had five of UCSD’s 13 aces...Natalie Facchini (21) and Michelle Torres (11) combined for 32 digs and the Tritons hit .282 as a team.
GOLF TEAM 10TH IN DEBUT
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team opened its 2007-08 campaign by finishing 10th in a field of 14 at the 36th annual Western Washington Invitational, played at Bellingham Golf & Country Club...The Tritons posted a team total of 901 for 54 holes, 58 strokes behind first place University of British Columbia...UCSD was nothing if not consistent in the two-day tourney, carding 18s of 301-299-301.
The Tritons’ top individual performance was turned in by sophomore Nathan Phan who carded a 222 for 54 holes over the 6,561-yd., par 72 layout...He was followed by Ryan Bailey (T37th/226), Billy Olsen (T42nd/227), Brian Olshock (T50th/230) and Noah Moss (T59th/234)...Phan’s opening 71 was the best single round of the tourney for UCSD.
RUBENS-MEISTER CAPTURE ITA REGIONAL TITLE
Capping an outstanding week for the Men’s Tennis team, seniors Eric Rubens and Blake Meister teamed to win the ITA West Region Doubles Championship Saturday at Cal Poly Pomona...The twosome knocked off Hendrick Bode and Nikola Petrov of Hawaii Pacific, 9-8, in the finals and now advance to the Wilson ITA National Championships, Oct. 11-14, in Mobile, AL.
Rubens-Meister had defeated Jan Hroch-Mark Mestan of Hawaii Pacific in the semis while Bode-Petrov earned their place in the championship match by defeating UCSD’s Bijan Moallemi and Alex Placek...Meanwhile, Bode upended Moallemi (7-6, 6-3) to win the singles bracket.
On the women’s side, UCSD’s Ina Dan, Pooja Desai and Tessa Tran were all eliminated in the second round while Rina Nakano fell in the consolation bracket.
HOMECOMING OCT. 20
UCSD’s annual Homecoming/Alumni Athlete Day is set for Saturday, October 20...A complete schedule of events will be available on the UCSD Athletics website later this week.
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