THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Finals – No events scheduled
SEASON ENDS FOR MEN’S BASKETBALL AT NCAA REGIONAL
UCSD’s best Division II Men’s Basketball season came to an end Friday night in the first round of the NCAA West Regional in Anchorage, AL as seventh-ranked, top-seeded Alaska-Anchorage stopped Coach Chris Carlson’s club, 80-60...The Seawolves zipped out to an 18-4 lead in the first nine minutes and the Tritons were never able to get closer than seven the rest of the way...Alaska-Anchorage shot a sizzling 60.4% from the floor, knocked down 17-of-18 free throws and were plus-9 on the boards.
The Tritons, who finished 18-12 and won the CCAA Championship Tournament, got 24 points from sophomore Jordan Lawley, who connected on 8-of-13 shooting, and another 10 from senior CCAA Tournament MVP Henry Patterson but made just 4-of-17 from three-point range.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOPPED BY SEATTLE PACIFIC IN REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL
Undefeated Seattle Pacific (29-0) closed the books on the 2007-08 Women’s Basketball season for UCSD, defeating Coach Charity Elliott’s squad, 76-67, Saturday night in Seattle...It was the Tritons second loss this year to the No. 2-ranked Falcons and the games were eerily similar.
UCSD led late in the first meeting last December before losing by 10 and was up, 35-29, at halftime Saturday and drove it up to 10 before succumbing to a 14-4 SPU run that tied it with 7:14 to go in regulation...The Falcons took charge from there and will play Alaska-Anchorage tonight in the Regional Final, the winner heading to the Elite Eight.
The Tritons finished the season at 25-10, the second highest win total in school history...Senior Meaghan Noud and junior Michelle Osier had matching 18 point nights, while sophomore Erin Noonan chipped in with 14 (7-for-12) and senior Alexis Gaskin had 10...Osier, a double double machine over the second half of the season, pulled down a game high 12 rebounds and senior Alexis Mezzetta dished out 12 assist.
Noud’s 23 points, a double double by Osier (18 pts./10 rebounds) and a near double double by Gaskin (13 pts./9 rebounds) combined to lift UCSD to a 59-46 first round victory over CCAA rival Cal State San Bernardino Friday night and into the rematch with Seattle Pacific ...The Tritons overcame an early deficit to lead by five at half and used a 10-2 spurt late in the game, where Noud, Osier and Gaskin scored all 10 points, to ice the verdict...On the defensive end, UCSD, led by Gaskin, held CSUSB to just 32.7% shooting and limited CCAA MVP Vanessa Wilt to a mere four points...Mezzetta handed out 10 assists, a career single game high that she would better the next night.
WOMEN FOURTH, MEN SEVENTH AT NCAA MEET; PERDEW SWEEPS SPRINTS, NAMED TOP MALE SWIMMER; BOHN ALSO NATIONAL CHAMPION
Coach Scott McGihon took one of his smallest squads to this year’s NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships but it was a case of quality over quantity as the Tritons returned from Columbia, MO with a fourth place finish on the women’s side, a seventh place men’s finish, three individual national championships, 10 new school records and had virtually all 20 qualifiers post lifetime best marks.
The Triton women scored 302 points, highlighted by junior Kendall Bohn’s first place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.71)...Bohn was fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.45)...The butterfly tandem of junior Jen Sims and sophomore Karla Holman was also electric...Both crushed Holman’s school record in the 100 fly with Holman taking fourth in 56.02 followed by Sims in fifth at 56.21...Sims reversed the result in the 200, lopping nearly three seconds off her own UCSD standard while taking second in the finals with a 2:01.84 clocking...Holman captured the consolation final in 2:05.32 for ninth place.
Freshman Anju Shimura snagged another school best with a time of 56.53 in the 100 backstroke...She scored in the 50 freestyle (15th/24.12) as well...Junior Aubrey Panis also scored in two individual events, the 200 freestyle (8th/1:52.47) and 100 backstroke (11th/57.93)...Rounding out the point-getters for the women were Erinn Deters (200 free/16th/1:54.08), Ashtyn Douglas (200 free/10th/1:52.50) and Shannon Simonds (500 free/12th/5:07.28).
The women were top four in all five relays, grabbing three seconds, including school record-setting performances in the 400 medley (3:48.13)—Shimura, Bohn, Holman & Simonds—and 800 freestyle (7:29.14)—Panis, Douglas, Deters & Shimura.
Sophomore Dan Perdew was “the man” for the UCSD men, sweeping the freestyle sprints while erasing school records in both the 50 (20.07) and 100 (44.23)...Also part of three top five relays, Perdew was honored as the Male Swimmer of the Meet.
Juniors Kneif Lohse and Steven Hardy hit the scoreboard in four and three individual events respectively...Lohse delivered in the 200 (9th/1:39.36), 500 (9th/4:30.10), 1,000 (11th/9:29.51) and 1,650 (14th/16:05.36) freestyles while Hardy was 8th in the 100 backstroke (50.62), ninth in the 200 backstroke (1:50.32) and 14th in the 200 individual medley (1:53.52).
Sprinter Todd Langland added to Perdew’s point haul in the sprints finishing tied for sixth in the 100 (44.98) and 14th in the 50 (20.69)...Defending NCAA 100 breaststroke champion Evan Hsiao had to settle for ninth this time but blazed to a personal best, winning the consolation final in 55.27...Senior diver Andrew Skewes qualified on both boards, taking seventh in the three-meter competition and 13th on the one-meter... Teammate Jeff Bryant was 14th on the one-meter...The best of the relays for the men was the 200 freestyle where Perdew and Langland teamed with Hsiao and freshman Brandon Maryatt for third in a school record 1:21.54.
NO. 14 BASEBALL HITS BREAK THIRD IN CCAA
Now 21-7 overall and 11-4 in the CCAA, the 14th-ranked Baseball team sits third in the conference standings...Coach Dan O’Brien’s unit will be off for nine days before hosting Sioux Falls (SD) for a doubleheader a week from today and then playing a Tuesday make-up game against Cal State San Bernardino.
Evoking memories of 2007, sophomore right hander Kirby St. John mowed down Cal State Dominguez Hills in dominating fashion Thursday as UCSD took the series opener from the Toros, 9-0, in Carson...St. John went eight innings, allowing just five hits and striking out nine without surrendering a walk...The Tritons went up, 1-0, on a Matt Cantele homer in the first inning, added two in the sixth and blew up for sixth in the top of the ninth to put it away...Cantele, who had a three-run double in the ninth inning uprising, and Nick Burke had two hits each.
The Tritons grabbed an early lead and then held off a late Dominguez Hills rally to stymie the Toros, 7-6, in game two of the series Friday...Senior DH Chris Franco rocked a three-run first inning home run and sophomore shortstop had three hits for UCSD which never trailed, but could not hit Dominguez with the knockout punch either... Freshman Guido Knudson got the start and was chased early but a big four and two-thirds inning, one run, five strikeout relief effort by Tim Shibuya bailed out the Tritons ...Shibuya snagged his third win and Keith Noe handled the ninth for his fourth save... Nick Burke also homered for UCSD.
The scene shifted to La Jolla for a Saturday doubleheader where the Tritons allowed Dominguez Hills to salvage a series split, falling 13-3 and 16-11...In game one, the Toros had 17 hits and battered UCSD for 11 runs in the final three innings to break open a close battle...O’Brien’s squad had 11 hits of its own but they were not nearly enough ...Second baseman Garrett Imeson went 3-for-3 and third baseman Chris Hom 2-for-2 with a home run....In the nightcap, Hom smoked a grand slam and Franco had three RBIs, but none of UCSD’s five pitchers escaped unscathed as CSUDH was up, 11-2, after three innings...The Tritons rallied to make it 14-11 but that’s as close as they could get.
SOFTBALL SPLITS WITH STANISLAUS; THIRD IN CCAA STANDINGS
Coach Patti Gerckens’ eighth-ranked Softball team takes a 21-9 overall ledger into this week’s finals break...The Tritons are third in the CCAA race with an 11-7 record in league play...They will be back in action at the Mizuno Tournament of Champions in Turlock, starting March 28 against Hawaii Pacific.
A three-hit shutout by Cal State Stanislaus pitcher gave the Cal State Stanislaus a 4-0 victory in the first game of Friday’s series-opening doubleheader in Turlock...Seniors Danielle Lukk and Jenny Maze each doubled and walked for UCSD...Hard luck hurler Melissa Ward took the loss...The Tritons used a seven-run seventh inning game two outburst to win 9-4 and avoid being swept by the Warriors...Down to its last three outs and trailing, 4-2, UCSD got a leadoff double from senior Randelle Bundy, then seven more hits, including a two-run double by Lukk, to stun Stanislaus...The Tritons racked up 15 hits in the game—three by Lukk who had a pair of doubles and three runs batted in...Junior right hander Lauren Chastain went the distance, whiffing 10, to up her record to 9-1.
The two clubs split Saturday as well in a pair of quirky affairs...In the opener, the snake bitten Ward was stung with a 4-3 defeat after giving up just seven hits in nine and two-thirds innings...The Tritons, who managed just two hits over 10 innings, were still on the verge of victory in regulation...In the top of the seventh, a Jenny Maze double coupled with a walk, a hit batsman and two Stanislaus errors had UCSD in control, 3-0...But in the bottom of the frame, two hits, three walks and a Triton error allowed the Warriors to knot the game...In the bottom of the 10th, another hit batsman, followed by two singles, ended it...UCSD rebounded from a late, 4-0, deficit to stun the Warriors, 7-4, and earn the split... Christine Zankich, on in relief of Chastain, tossed three scoreless innings for her third win of the season...UCSD, which accounted for eight hits in this one, erupted for five runs in the sixth, a pair of two-run doubles by Nicole Saari and Megan Grace keying the uprising...The Tritons added two insurance runs in the seventh...Maze and Jenni Habib stroked two hits apiece.
WATER POLO WINS TWO; SEES FOUR-GAME WIN STREAK SNAPPED
Now 11-13 after going 2-1 last week, the 15th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team will be off for finals and return March 29-30 when it travels to Tempe, AZ for the Arizona State Invitational.
UCSD raced out to a 6-0 first quarter lead and cruised the rest of the way for a 9-2 home triumph over Colorado State, its second win over the Rams this year...Senior Judy Emaus rifled in five goals, three in the first period.
Saturday, at the crosstown Aztec Invitational, the Tritons routed Pacific, 14-6, behind a six-goal outburst by junior Sydney Gstettenbauer, but dropped a 5-4 sudden overtime contest to No. 20 Princeton later that day...Sophomore Janice Aguilar chalked up a trio of goals vs. Pacific while Gstettenbauer scored her 56th of the year to send the Princeton game into overtime...UCSD had won four of its last five before the Princeton defeat.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL SPLITS HOME PAIR
Last Wednesday night, the Tritons gave No. 3 Long Beach State all it could handle in the first game, but after eking by, the 49ers turned on the afterburners for a 3-0 (30-28, 30-25, 30-18) victory...UCSD was up late in the first set but Long Beach ran off the last four points to steal it...The potent sophomore duo of Jason Spangler (14 kills) and Frank Fritsch (11) again paced the offense and starting setter Billy Arnold dished out 36 assists and an ace.
Friday, Fritsch hit .562 with 10 kills and UCSD secured its seventh victory of the season, pummeling NAIA Hope International, 3-0 (30-16, 30-27, 30-20)...The Tritons hit .410 as a team, with Arnold again at the controls, and out-blocked Hope, 9-6...Arnold ended up with another 36 assists, seven digs and an ace.
The Tritons, now 7-15 overall, are off until March 28 when they begin their final homestand of 2008 by hosting perennial power UCLA and defending NCAA champion UC Irvine.
FENCERS REACH NEW LEVEL WITH 13TH PLACE NCAA FINISH
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team registered its best ever result at last week’s NCAA Championships in Columbus, OH, racking up 44 points to finish 13th...The Tritons were 12th after the women’s competition ended Friday...Senior Chelsea Ambort was the standout, piling up 11 wins to finish 16th in epee...Teammate Heather Stephenson had eight wins and wound up 17th in the same discipline...In foil, Florence Lee and Emily Lipoma claimed 21st and 22nd respectively.
On the men’s side, freshman Benjamin Dorn recorded an 18th place finish in foil while sophomore Bryan Kim placed 22nd in saber.
TRACK & FIELD GETS SOLID RESULTS AT AZTEC INVITATIONAL
Track & Field coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner sent about half of their roster to last Saturday’s Aztec Invitational and San Diego State...Top Triton performers in the “invitational” portion of the meet were Max Mullender, who took the steeplechase in 9:44.23, just ahead of teammate Jake LeVieux, Emily McGregor, the winner of the 5,000 m. (17:27.72), Nick Morilla, second in the shot put with a heave of 50-4, Christine Merrill, fourth in both the 100 (14.57) and 400 (1:01.10) hurdles and Leah Murphy, runner-up in the triple jump with a distance of 38-11...Morilla, Merrill and Murphy all had NCAA D-II provisional qualifying marks.
WOMEN’S TENNIS ZIPS PAST DIVISION I AKRON
After dropping two of three doubles matches, the Women’s Tennis team turned the tables on Division I Akron, blowing out the visiting Zips in all six singles matches for a 7-2 victory Saturday...Dalya Perelman and Tessa Tran at No. 3 got UCSD’s lone doubles point but then it was Natalie Varnay, Kimmi Dao, Justine Fonte, Taskeen Bains, Molly Sullens and Valerie Tang all producing straight set singles sweep for Coach Liz LaPlante...The Tritons travel to Montgomery, AL, March 27 for the Blue/Grey Classic.
MEN’S TENNIS SWATS GONZAGA, ROLLINS
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s charges broke a short slump Tuesday, overrunning visiting D-I Gonzaga, 7-2...The Tritons took control early, sweeping doubles with Eric Rubens-Blake Meister, Bijan Moallemi-Erik Elliott and Kazumi Negishi-Alex Placek turning the trick...Then, Placek, Meister, Elliott and Nguyen cruised to shutout singles wins as Moallemi and Rubens fell in three sets each at No. 1 and 2.
In a intersectional match-up of top D-II teams, the No. 6 Tritons edged No. 9 Rollins (FL) Wednesday on UCSD’s North Courts...UCSD held a one-point lead following doubles as sophomore Moallemi and freshman partner Elliott prevailed at No. 2 and Negishi-Placek did likewise at No. 3...The two foes then split singles with the home team triumphing at No. 2 (Rubens), No. 4 (Meister) and No. 6 (Nguyen), all easily in straight sets...Moallemi at No. 1 and Placek at No. 5 both took their opponents to three sets...UCSD is 6-4 overall in dual competition and play next at the March 25-29 Blue/Grey Classic in Montgomery, AL.
GOLFERS 11th in ANNUAL SOUTHERN CAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
The Golf team finished 11th in the 15-team Southern California Intercollegiate which it hosted Monday and Tuesday at beautiful Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano...The 58th rendition of the event was won by visiting Lynn University (FL) which shot a team total of 861 for 54 holes over the 6,583-yd., par 70 course...Coach Mike Wydra’s Tritons were at 906.
UCSD’s top individual was junior Billy Olsen who carded a 74-72-78—224, which left him tied for 35th...Fellow junior Ryan Bailey was two strokes back and tied for 40th...Following, in order, were Nathan Phan (T51st/231), Noah Moss (T53rd/232) and Alex Schmitt (T63rd/238)...UCSD’s “B” team was 12th at 917, led by Keith Okasaki who tied for 12th overall with a nifty 71-74-72—217...The low 18 for the Tritons was 71, recorded by three players—Phan, Okasaki and John Elsaesser—in the first round.
On Friday, the Tritons edged Division I Penn, 476-470, in a dual event at The Crossings in Carlsbad...Bailey and Okasaki both posted 76’s to pace UCSD in the best six-of-eight scores match.
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