THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Monday, Mar. 10—Golf—UCSD hosts So. Calif. Intercollegiate—All Day
Tuesday, Mar. 11—Golf—UCSD hosts So. Calif. Intercollegiate—All Day
Tuesday, Mar. 11—Men’s Tennis—UCSD vs. Gonzaga—2:00 PM
Wednesday, Mar. 12—Swimming & Diving—UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships—All Day
Wednesday, Mar. 12—Men’s Tennis—UCSD vs. Rollins—2:00 PM
Wednesday, Mar. 12—Men’s Volleyball—UCSD vs. Long Beach State—7:00 PM
Thursday, Mar. 13—Swimming & Diving—UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships—All Day
Thursday, Mar. 13—Fencing—UCSD at NCAA Championships—All Day
Thursday, Mar. 13—Baseball—UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills—3:00 PM
Friday, Mar. 14—Swimming & Diving—UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships—All Day
Friday, Mar. 14—Fencing—UCSD at NCAA Championships—All Day
Friday, Mar. 14—Track & Field—UCSD at Aztec Invitational—10:00 AM
Friday, Mar. 14—Softball—UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus (DH)—1:00 PM
Friday, Mar. 14—Baseball—UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills—3:00 PM
Friday, Mar. 14—Women’s Basketball—UCSD vs. CSU San Bernardino (NCAA)—5:30 PM
Friday, Mar. 14—Women’s Water Polo—UCSD vs. Colorado State—6:00 PM
Friday, Mar. 14—Men’s Volleyball—UCSD vs. Hope International—7:00 PM
Friday, Mar. 14—Men’s Basketball—UCSD vs. Alaska-Anchorage (NCAA)—9:00 PM
Saturday, Mar. 15—Swimming & Diving—UCSD at NCAA D-II Championships—All Day
Saturday, Mar. 15—Fencing—UCSD at NCAA Championships—All Day
Saturday, Mar. 15—Men’s Crew—UCSD at Chula Vista Match Racing—7:00 AM
Saturday, Mar. 15—Women’s Water Polo—UCSD vs. Pacific (@SDSU)—8:00 AM
Saturday, Mar. 15—Track & Field—UCSD at Aztec Invitational—10:00 AM
Saturday, Mar. 15—Baseball—UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)—11:00 AM
Saturday, Mar. 15—Women’s Tennis—UCSD vs. Akron—11:00 AM
Saturday, Mar. 15—Softball—UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus (DH)—11:00 AM
Saturday, Mar. 15—Women’s Water Polo—UCSD vs. Princeton (@SDSU)—3:30 PM
Saturday, Mar. 15—Women’s Basketball—UCSD at NCAA Regional—TBA
Saturday, Mar. 15—Men’s Basketball—UCSD at NCAA Regional--TBA
Sunday, Mar. 16—Fencing—UCSD at NCAA Championships—All Day
MEN’S BASKETBALL WINS CCAA TITLE; ON TO NCAA D-II PLAYOFFS FOR FIRST TIME
The Men’s Basketball team wrote all sorts of history last week--making its first Division II post-season appearance, winning its first CCAA Championship and earning its first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament bid...Coach Chris Carlson’s never-say-die club defeated Cal State San Bernardino (63-59 OT), San Francisco State (72-65) and Cal Poly Pomona 964-56) to win the inaugural CCAA Tournament and will now head to Anchorage, Alaska for the NCAA West Regional...It will face top-seeded host Alaska-Anchorage in the first round with the winner moving on to face either Central Washington or Seattle Pacific Saturday...The Regional Championship game is Monday.
Junior Darryl Lawlor scored 12 points and snagged 10 rebounds in the Tritons’ first round overtime victory against second-seeded host Cal State San Bernardino...UCSD never trailed a second in regulation and was up 14 after a pair of Alan Husted free throws late in the first half...But the Coyotes were able to rally and tied the game at 54 with 41 seconds remaining...San Bernardino drew first blood in the OT period but a pair of Lawlor free throws knotted it again and a trey by Jordan Lawley put UCSD ahead for good...The Tritons put four players in double figures with Lawley (13), Andrew Hatch (10) and Andrew Browning (10) joining Lawlor...They held the high scoring Coyotes to just 30% shooting from the floor in the first half and a mere 16 points.
In Saturday’s semi-final in San Bernardino, UCSD got 22 points and seven boards from senior Henry Patterson and avenged two regular season losses to San Francisco State...The Tritons shot a white hot 60% for the night and had 22 assists on 27 buckets—nine by junior Kelvin Kim and eight from senior Clint Allard...Carlson’s club scored the game’s first five points and raised its lead to 20 twice in the first half...The margin stayed in double digits until the Gators closed to seven with 8:25 left...It narrowed to five but that’s as close as it would get...UCSD finished with 60% accuracy from the field.
The dream was realized Saturday night as the Tritons assumed the lead on a Lawley three, 1:18 into the game and went wire-to-wire from there...Tournament MVP Patterson registered a game high 17 points to go with four rebounds and four assists...Lawley racked up 14, Allard had 11 and Lawlor had his second double double of the week with 11 points and 10 rebounds...A Patterson hoop with 14:06 on the clock gave UCSD its largest lead at 14 and the Tritons again had to withstand a late Cal Poly Pomona run...A big three-pointer by Allard, after the Broncos closed to four with just over five minutes to go, and steady free throw shooting down the stretch sewed it up for UCSD...Allard and Lawley joined Patterson on the all-tourney team.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GETS THIRD CONSECUTIVE NCAA BID
A valiant run came up just short as Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team finished second in the inaugural CCAA Basketball Tournament, losing to Chico State, 69-63, in the Championship game...The Tritons (23-9) will still be making their third consecutive NCAA Playoff appearance, however...They grabbed the fourth seed in the West Region and will square off against fifth-seeded Cal State San Bernardino Friday night in Seattle...The winner will move ahead to play either undefeated top seed Seattle Pacific or St. Martin’s in Saturday night’s Regional semi-final...The Regional championship will be decided Monday.
Another giant performance by junior Michelle Osier helped the Tritons keep underdog San Francisco State at bay, 59-56, in Tuesday’s first round CCAA match-up at RIMAC Arena...Osier hit 11-of-22 shots en route to 26 points and collected 18 rebounds, 13 on the offensive end, to power UCSD...Elliott & Co. used a late first half surge to go up by seven at the break...That lead went as high as 11 in the second half but the Gators forged a 56-56 tie with 1:06 remaining...It stayed that way until Osier sank a pair of free throws with eight seconds left and Alexis Gaskin added another moments later...Seniors Meaghan Noud (17) and Gaskin (12) also reached double figures with the latter pulling down nine boards as well...Guard Alexis Mezzetta dished out five assists.
In the semis, it was UCSD rallying at the end to snatch a 57-55 victory over Sonoma State...The Seawolves controlled the first half but the Tritons made a late sprint to trail by one at intermission... Sonoma maintained the lead throughout most of the second half but never got ahead by more than seven...SSU was up by one when Noud scored the last of her 19 points to put UCSD on top by one...A subsequent steal and free throw by Osier finished the scoring...Osier was credited with another double double (12 pts./11 rebounds) and sophomore Erin Noonan tallied 13...Point guard Alexis Mezzetta scored just six points but had five assists and went the entire 40 minutes without a turnover.
The championship match-up was just the opposite of the semi-final...UCSD led virtually throughout and No. 18 Chico State never got more than two points in front until the final 35 seconds...The Tritons were up by five at half, pushed to leads of nine and seven at different junctures of the second half but were done in by a late, 13-5, Wildcat run that put them ahead by one with three minutes remaining ...Still, UCSD had a chance to tie it with 18 ticks remaining but Noud’s three-point try missed...Noud was again the offensive centerpiece, hitting 9-of-17 for 21 points...Osier collected 14 points but got just five rebounds in this one as UCSD was beaten, 37-25, on the glass...Sophomore Annette Ilg delivered a career high of 11 points in just eight minutes of action, sinking all four of her shots... Mezzetta contributed eight assists.
SWIMMING & DIVING SENDS 20 TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MISSOURI
Coach Scott McGihon will be taking 20 qualifiers to the 2008 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships which start Wednesday in Columbia, MO...Nine women and 11 men will make the trip as the Tritons attempt to better their third (women) and fourth (men) place finishes last year in Buffalo, NY.
The Triton women’s roster will include juniors Kendall Bohn, Aubrey Panis, Jennifer Sims, Shannon Simonds and Erinn Deters sophomore Karla Holman and freshmen Anju Shimura and Ashtyn Douglas, as well as sophomore diver Danielle Niculescu. Bohn, Panis, Sims, Simonds and Holman all have NCAA experience.
The men’s NCAA list includes senior Evan Hsiao, juniors Steven Hardy and Kneif Lohse, sophomores Dan Perdew, Todd Langland and Greg Goodell and freshmen Ben Farrington and Brandon Maryatt. Divers Jeff Bryant and Andrew Skewes, both seniors, and sophomore Kevin Sullivan round out the travel roster. NCAA returnees include Hsiao, Hardy, Perdew, Langland, Goodell and Skewes...Hsiao won the 100 breaststroke in 2007.
Results will be posted on the UCSD website as well as a daily Championship Week blog by UCSD athletes starting today.
BASEBALL SPLITS WITH CAL STATE L.A.; DOMINGUEZ HILLS NEXT UP
Sporting a 19-5 overall record and now in third place with a 9-2 record in the CCAA, the Baseball team plays a four-game home-and-home series with Cal State Dominguez Hills...The first two games will be played Thursday and Friday in Carson with the two teams matching up in La Jolla for a Saturday doubleheader...Dominguez Hills is 9-16 overall but 6-6 in the CCAA after splitting with Cal Poly Pomona last week.
Coach Dan O’Brien’s unit also went 2-2 last week vs. Cal State L.A....The host Golden Eagles scored two first inning runs in Thursday’s series opener and never looked back, winning 5-2...Shortstop Vance Albitz smacked three hits while Chris Franco and Evan Kehoe had two each...Franco scored both Triton runs...Junior Matt Rossman got tagged with the loss.
Friday, Matt Cantele and Nick Burke drilled home runs as UCSD piled up 14 hits and whipped the Cal State L.A>, 6-2...Albitz, Franco and Garrett Imeson all had a trio of hits and freshman righthander Guido Knudson improved to 3-1, giving up just two runs in seven innings of work.
Kirby St. John, Tim Shibuya and Keith Noe combined for a 2-1 triumph in Saturday’s doubleheader opener, St. John going five to get his third win and Noe securing the save, his third...Imeson picked up two more hits and Kehoe’s two-run homer in the second proved to be the difference...Cal State L.A. scored in each of the first four innings of the nightcap en route to a 6-2 victory...Albitz, Cantele and Kyle Saul each had two of UCSD’s nine hits...Derek Barham started on the mound and absorbed the loss, leaving him 2-2 on the year.
SOFTBALL TAKES ALL FOUR FROM SONOMA STATE; VAULTS INTO SECOND
Hurlers Melissa Ward and Lauren Chastain baffled Sonoma State last weekend as the 19th-ranked UCSD Softball team posted a four-game sweep of the Seawolves...Coach Patti Gerckens’ charges, 19-7 overall, 9-5 in the CCAA and tied for second in the league standings, will now try things on the road, traveling to Cal State Stanislaus for a four-game series starting Friday...Stanislaus is 6-6 in conference play after a road sweep at Chico State over the weekend...UCSD owns a 9-0 victory over the Warriors in the season-opening Best of the West Invitational.
In Friday’s 6-1 series opening win against Sonoma State, UCSD managed just five hits but one was right fielder Megan Grace’s first collegiate home run—a two-run blast that keyed a five run second inning...That was all Ward needed as the senior lefty surrendered just four hits while fanning five... In perhaps her most impressive performance at UCSD, Chastain was even more dominating in the nightcap, striking out 12 while spinning a 3-0 one-hitter...First sacker Jenni Habib had three hits and third baseman Jenny Maze two, one a two-out RBI single that was the only run support required by Chastain.
Ward cruised to her eighth victory in Saturday’s game one, weaving a nearly identical, five-hit, six-whiff, 5-1, result...UCSD scored one in each of the first three innings...Catcher Nicole Saari and rightfielder Allison May had two singles apiece with the latter driving in two and stealing a base...Maze had a double and scored two runs...Chastain ran her record to 8-1 in game two, scattering 10 hits while striking out seven in a 5-1 win...The Tritons mustered only five hits but made them count... Freshman Sarah Woofter’s two run dinger was central to a three-run third and Maze cracked a solo shot in the fourth..
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL GETS THIRD MPSF WIN; LONG BEACH STATE HERE WEDNESDAY
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball squad continues a string of nine straight home matches when it hosts No. 4 Long Beach State and NAIA foe Hope International this week at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons bring a 6-14 mark (3-12 MPSF) into its tilt with the 49ers after downing Pacific but falling to Stanford last weekend.
Friday night at RIMAC Arena, the potent sophomore duo of Jason Spangler and Frank Fritsch, ripped 25 and 21 kills respectively as UCSD hit a sizzling .400 as a team and turned away Pacific, 3-2 (30-28, 27-30, 27-30, 30-27, 15-9)...The Tritons scored five of the last eight points to pull away from the Tigers in the late stages of game four and then got three kills each from Spangler and senior Russ Hardy to rebound from a two-point deficit in game five...Hardy (12) and 6-8 freshman Calvin Ross (13) also reached double figures in the kills column and another freshman, setter Phil Bannan, handed out 66 assists.
The next evening, the Tritons started quickly with Hardy popping five kills in a seven-point first game triumph, but from there it was all Stanford as the No. 7 Cardinal left with a 3-1 (23-30, 30-20, 30-23, 30-23) decision...Spangler (15), Fritsch (13) and Hardy were 1-2-3 in the kill department and UCSD out-blocked Stanford, 12-8.5, but the Tritons were out-hit, .348-.203.
TRITONS CAPTURE MEN’S, WOMEN’S CITY TRACK & FIELD TITLES
On the heels of a noteworthy team performance at Saturday’s San Diego City Championships, the Track & Field team will go crosstown this weekend to compete at San Diego State’s Aztec Invitational...On their home grounds this past weekend, both the UCSD Men and Women walked away with the team titles in dominating fashion...The Men scored 193.5 pts. to outscore second place Point Loma by 59 and repeat last year’s victory and the Women narrowly defeated San Diego State, 217.5 to 204 to reverse the results of the 2007 event.
Field events were key on both sides...The Triton men captured seven-of-eight field events, with jumper Scott Tsuda taking both the long (21-5.25) and triple (46-11.5) jumps, and five more on the track...Other individual event winners were Nick Morilla (shot put/51-0), Fred Cook (hammer/141-7), Dan Macks (javelin/170-4), Stephen Johnson (high jump/6-5), Eric Musker (pole vault/14-9), Todd Bettisworth (400/50.02), Jake LeVieux (1500/4:02.47), Mike Wright (3000/8:56.07), Khalil Hooper (110 HH/14.91) and Leon Baham (400 IH/53.87)...Morilla paced a 1-2-3 Triton finish in the shot while LeVieux, who dominated the 1,500, also finished second in the 3,000 and Baham was runner-up to Hooper in the high hurdles.
The UCSD Women grabbed five field event blue ribbons as senior Whitney Johnson matched Tsuda with wins in the long (19-2.5) and triple (40-4) jumps, the former an automatic NCAA qualifying mark... Joining Johnson in the winners’ circle were Linda Rainwater (high jump/5-3.25), Sarah Hendy with an NCAA automatic qualifier of 158-4 in the discus and Melissa Karnaze (hammer/163-4)...On the track, Ashleigh Montgomery led a 1-2-3 finish in the 800 (2:17.16), while Christine Merrill took the 100 hurdles (14.46) and was second in the 400 hurdles (62.21), both NCAA provisional times...The UCSD 4x400 relay quartet of Katie Skorupa, Merrill, Rainwater and Anna Lee McGregor out-ran San Diego State to win in 3:48.20...The clocking is an NCAA provisional qualifying standard as was the 47.29 turned in by the second place 4x100 relay unit.
WOMEN’S POLO SPLITS AT LMU TOURNEY; HOSTS COLORADO STATE FRIDAY
Coach Larry Sanders’ 15th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team split its four games at last weekend’s Loyola Marymount Tournament and will bring a 9-12 mark into this Friday’s game against WWPA rival Colorado State at Canyonview Pool...The Tritons will face both Pacific and Princeton Saturday at San Diego State's Aquaplex.
UCSD’s two losses at LMU were both one goal affairs against teams that are also in the WWPA’s upper echelon...The Tritons lost, 5-4, to No. 7 UC Davis Friday, coming back from a 3-1 deficit, on goals by Audra Bloom, Judy Emaus and Sydney Gstettenbauer, to take a 4-3 lead, only to see the Aggies score a pair of goals 21 seconds apart to reclaim the advantage and hold on through a scoreless fourth quarter...Saturday against Santa Clara, the Broncos scored first and after an early Gstettenbauer goal tied it at one, they re-gained the lead and UCSD was never able to catch up in another, 5-4, outcome...Gstettenbauer and Stephanie Bocian recorded two goals each and senior goalie Kim Hockett had 13 saves...So the bad news is the Tritons are 0-3 against the other top teams in the conference (LMU, UC Davis and Santa Clara)...The good news is that all three games have been decided by just one goal.
UCSD’s tourney wins came against Cal State Bakersfield (11-6) and Sonoma State (11-5)...Against Bakersfield, Gstettenbauer netted three goals and Nicole Hermann and Stephanie Heinrich two apiece as UCSD broke open an 8-6 contest with three unanswered scores in the final period...Gstettenbauer and Elizabeth Hahn tallied two goals apiece in a six-goal first period that sparked a runaway against Sonoma State.
SIX FENCERS TO COMPETE AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coach Heidi Runyan will be taking six UCSD competitors with her to this week’s NCAA Division I Fencing Championships in Columbus, OH...The Tritons had just two representatives at last year’s event when they finished 21st overall and four in 2006.
Heading to Columbus will be seniors Chelsea Ambort (epee) and Emily Lipoma (foil), junior Heather Stephenson (epee) and sophomore Florence Lee (foil) on the women’s side...For the Triton men it will be freshman Benjamin Dorn (foil) and sophomore Bryan Kim (sabre)...This will be Ambort’s third NCAA appearance and the first for each of her teammates.
MEN’S TENNIS TO HOST GONZAGA, D-II POWER ROLLINS
The going’s been tough and it doesn’t get any easier for Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s sixth-ranked Men’s Tennis team...The Tritons dropped a pair of matches to top NAIA teams last week and now host Division I Gonzaga Tuesday and 12th-ranked Division II power Rollins (FL) Wednesday.
The fourth-ranked NAIA team in the country, Fresno Pacific drubbed UCSD, 8-1, Tuesday, with the doubles squad of sophomore Bijan Moallemi and freshman Erik Elliott rolling to an 8-1 victory at No. 2 for the only Triton point...Another NAIA club, Concordia, eked past the Tritons, 5-4, Thursday... UCSD took two of the three doubles matches with Eric Rubens and Blake Meister winning at No. 1 and Moallemi-Elliott succeeding again at No. 2...But Concordia stormed back to win four-of-six singles matches with UCSD’s only points coming at No. 2 and No. 6 with Moallemi and freshman Vincent Nguyen both prevailing in straight sets.
WOMEN’S TENNIS ROMPS PAST CAL STATE L.A.; 44 STRAIGHT VS. CCAA
Scaling back off a three-match week, the Women’s Tennis team will host Division I Akron Saturday on the North Courts...Coach Liz LaPlante’s netters dropped two of their three matches last week but won the biggest, an 8-1 trouncing of Cal State L.A., to extend their winning streak to 44 against CCAA opponents.
The Tritons were knocked off, 7-2, Tuesday by undefeated D-I Bowling Green...Freshmen Taskeen Bains and Natalie Varnay nabbed a doubles point with an 8-6 win at No. 1, but UCSD was able to pick up just one of the six singles markers, Bains taking a three-setter at No. 5.
Wednesday, Cal Baptist, ranked 10th in NAIA, came to La Jolla and departed a 5-4 winner in a match that was tight throughout...The Lancers took two-of-three in doubles with the freshmen tandem of Valerie Tang and Kimmi Dao notching UCSD’s lone point at No. 3...Straight set singles wins by Justine Fonte (No. 3) and Tessa Tran (No. 6), coupled with a loss at No. 2, made it 3-3 as the final three singles matches headed to a third set...Bains won at No. 5 but Molly Sullens (No. 4) and Varnay (No. 1) were defeated leaving the Tritons one point short.
Friday was another story, however as Varnay-Bains and Dao-Tang triumphed at No. 1 and 2 doubles to give UCSD a 2-1 edge going into singles vs. Cal State L.A...Trumpeted in pre-season as a possible threat to the Tritons’ CCAA dominance, the Golden Eagles had no answers in singles as La Plante’s lineup of Varnay-Dalya Perelman-Dao-Fonte-Sullens-Bains dropped nary a set...UCSD continues to compete without top returning player, junior Ina Dan, who is out with an injury.
GOLF TEAM HOSTS PRESTIGIOUS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERCOLLEGIATE
The Golf team will host the 58th annual Southern California Intercollegiate today and tomorrow at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano...The 15-team, 54-hole tourney will include many of the top Division II teams in the country and figures be have one of the best fields outside of the NCAA D-II Championships...Nova Southeastern (FL), Lynn (FL) St. Edwards (TX), Abilene Christian (TX), Washburn and Central Oklahoma are among the ranked D-II teams participating.
Coach Mike Wydra’s Tritons continue to struggle, posting a 14th place finish in last week’s Point Loma Invitational at Steele Canyon Country Club...The Tritons registered a team total of 962, well back of first place host Point Loma (899)...Junior Nathan Phan and sophomore Keith Okasaki carded matching 238’s, leaving them tied for 44th in the individual standings...Junior Billy Olsen (T59/243) and sophomore Noah Moss (T65/245) were next in for UCSD...Phan’s 73 on the opening 18 was UCSD’s best single round...Phan, Olsen, Bailey, Moss and Alex Schmitt will comprise Wydra’s first unit with Okasaki, Austin Alfonso, Bryan Olshock, Jiweon Seo and John Elsaesser making up the second team.
ROWING TEAMS GET TOUGH TESTS IN 2008 DEBUTS
The Men’s & Women’s Rowing teams opened their 2008 campaigns at Marine Stadium in Long Beach Saturday...Coach Zach Johnson’s Men’s Crew got off to a sizzling start, sweeping all four competitions—varsity eight, varsity four, novice eight and varsity four—from Long Beach State, UC Irvine and USD...The closest race was the varsity eight where UCSD had to scramble from behind in the last 200 meters to nip USD by just over two seconds in the final...The V-8 lineup included Brodie Kaster, Jeff Collett, Tyler Sutterley, Shawn Hay, Zach Hearns, Jay Dee Morgan, Gilbert Collins, Ryan Andre and coxswain Shanti Tharayil...The Triton men will be back in action Saturday at the USOC Training Center in Chula Vista, facing UCLA, Gonzaga and a return engagement with USD.
Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s women battled but were able to take just one race from their two Division I counterparts, Long Beach State and UC Irvine--both further ahead in their respective training cycles...The Tritons finished a close third to UC Irvine and Long Beach State in a rough-and-tumble varsity eight that included a tangling of oars between UCSD and LB...UCSD was second and third in the varsity four, second (five seconds back) in the lightweight eight second in the novice eight and collected its lone win in the novice four with Elizabeth Longo, Madison Webb, Roxanne Bevel, Kavya Rao and coxswain Qiqi Zheng doing the honors...Next outing for the Triton women is the Berg Cup in Newport Harbor, March 29.
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